School Programs 2018-2019

The Vancouver Maritime Museum offers school programs for classes from Preschool to Secondary School. Programming is based on the Ministry of Education's Social Studies and Science curriculum and supports the core competencies, essential learning, and literacy and numeracy foundations for each grade. Trained education volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on and participatory activities designed to stimulate creative and critical thinking.

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Grades Preschool to K

Wed 1:00 – 2:00; Fri 10:00 – 11:00

Tugboats are small but their role in the harbour is big. In this program, students will discover how these small but mighty vessels keep the harbour moving. This interactive program introduces students to the role of the tugboat, basic maritime terminology (parts of a boat) and roles and responsibilities of the crew.  Students will construct a wooden model tugboat to take home.

This program made possible through a generous contribution from Robert Allan Ltd.


Grades Preschool to K

Wed 10:00 – 11:00; Fri 1:00 – 2:00

Discover the keys to survival in the Arctic by examining how some animals have adapted to the harsh conditions. Students will examine skulls, furs and photos of several Arctic animals to look for clues of how they have adapted. A short story and a simple craft will be used to reinforce the teaching.


Grades Preschool to GR. 3      

Tues 10:00 – 11:00 / 10:00 - 11:30; Fri 1:00 – 2:00 / 12:30 - 2:00

There is more to a pirate's life than you see in the theatre or read in books. This fun program introduces students to the life of these early seafarers and will touch on living conditions, skills and duties, tools of the trade, famous pirates and the rules they live by. (Program is 1 hour for preschool to kindergarten; 1.5 hours for grades 1-3).


Grades 1 to 3            

Tues 10:00 – 11:30; Friday 10:00 - 11:30

From 1928 to 1944, the RCMP vessel St Roch spent much it’s time in the Arctic acting as a floating police station visiting remote Inuit communities. This famous vessel and her crew of Mounties were successful in their mission because of the skills, teamwork and relationships with the Inuit. While exploring the fully restored St Roch, students will analyze the relationships between the Mounties, the Inuit and the animals in the Arctic that led to their successful voyage and their famous accomplishments. 


Grades 4 and 5    

Wed 10:00 – 11:30; Thurs 12:30 – 2:00

George Vancouver’s exploration of the Pacific Northwest coast from 1791-1795 led to the creation of the first detailed and accurate charts of the region. Students will learn about the significance of his voyage, experience the life of his crew and learn about the skills of seamanship, exploration and navigation. Activities include visiting a simulated fo’c’sle of an eighteenth century tall ship and charting the museum’s harbour.


Grades 4 and 5        

Wed 12:30 – 2:00; Thurs 10:00 – 11:30

Could you be a successful Arctic explorer? Discover what it takes to become a successful Arctic explorer by examining explorers that were not successful and comparing them to those that were. Examine the experiences of Captain Henry Larsen and his crew aboard the famous RCMP vessel St. Roch. Learn how the traditional knowledge and lifestyle of the Inuit could improve your chance of survival in the Arctic.

This program made possible through a generous contribution from TD Canada Trust



Grades 5 to 7

Tues 12:30 – 2:00; Thurs 10:00 – 11:30

Like space exploration, deep ocean exploration requires specific skills, technology and teamwork to survive. In this workshop, students will learn about the history of deep ocean exploration, why the deep ocean is considered an extreme environment and how technology can be used to overcome the conditions faced by deep ocean explorers. Students will begin the process of designing a submersible for deep ocean exploration by learning about the basics of buoyancy, ballast, pressure hull design and providing a safe, comfortable environment for the explorers. An examination of the submersible PX-15 Ben Franklin will be used to highlight some of the technologies and design principles.


Grades 10 to 12        

(90 minutes) Available by Request.

Canada is nicknamed by some as “the peaceful nation.” In 1939, Canada had a small but growing military force. By the end of WWII, Canada had become the fourth largest contributor to the Allied forces after the USSR, the USA and the UK.  In this program, students will gain an understanding of Canada’s involvement in WW ll. Main themes of the program include: the history of the Royal Canadian Navy, St Roch’s secret wartime mission, living in an occupied country and how technological advances changed the Battle of the Atlantic.