Thursday, September 24th, 2015 is World Maritime Day. This year’s theme is ‘Maritime education and training.’

Why is it important to educate people about Maritime issues and history, and why is it important here in Vancouver?

From its small rivers to its large oceans, the waterways of Canada have played a significant role in the physical, economic, social, and cultural development of this country. As a port city, Vancouver’s waterfront has especially become a place where its residents live, work, travel, and access nature. Maritime history is not just a thing of the past; it is a story still being written today. It is important to learn about the past so that we may better appreciate our present and better plan for our future.

The Vancouver Maritime Museum celebrates the profound significance of the ocean and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic, through the preservation and growth of our extraordinary collection, and as a centre for dialogue, research and experience. A vital part of this mission is met through our education programs for school children, from Preschool to Grade 12.

Our school programs meet specific prescribed learning outcomes as identified in the BC education curriculum, and are structured to provide students with a variety of opportunities to learn through hands-on, engaging activities. School programs are delivered by teams of volunteer docents. From tugs, pirates, and Mountie sailors to Arctic exploration, deep sea technology, and WWII Naval history, our education programs cover a wide range of topics that encourage students to think critically about the past, present, and future of our Maritime communities. 

Find out more about our School Programs here!