Raise the Sails for Family Fun at the Maritime Museum

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Get ship shape and ready for summer at Raise the Sails & Ring the Bell, a free, full-day family event at the Vancouver Maritime Museum on Saturday, May 31st, 2014.

VMM invites you to have your photo taken with a real life Mountie and his dog, board an RCMP Patrol Boat, watch the hoisting of the main sail of the St. Roch, get an airbrushed sailor tattoo, meet Bare Knuckle Bill, and much more. This fun-filled event celebrates the re-opening of the St. Roch, the museum’s main attraction and a national historic site.

“We’re very excited that the St. Roch will once again be open to the public after being closed for two summers,” said Ken Burton, VMM’s Executive Director, “This is one of the most important icons of Canadian history and a true hidden gem in Vancouver.”

The RCMP St. Roch was the first vessel to circumnavigate North America and the first vessel to cross the Northwest Passage in a single season. It has been housed in the Vancouver Maritime Museum since 1958 and the shelter for the ship had become in need of significant repair and upgrades.

“Thankfully, the City of Vancouver recognized the need to protect and preserve a National Historic Site,” said Burton, “This renovation will ensure that the St. Roch is around for many more generations.” 

VMM is also holding a contest to give away a once-in-a-lifetime chance for three lucky winners to help raise the sails of St. Roch, as well as a digital camera for mom and dad to capture the moment.  This is an incredible opportunity for any little sailors to be a part of this historic moment.

To enter the contest, visit or like the museum on Facebook. More information about Raise the Sails can be found at or by calling 604-257-8300.



Basic Event Information

Event Title: Raise the Sails & Ring the Bell

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vanier Park

Visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum on May 31st for a free, full-day family celebration. Featuring the once-in-a-lifetime hoisting of the main sail of the St. Roch, airbrush sailors tattoos, photo ops with a real life Mountie and his dog, tours of an RCMP Patrol Boat, and much more.


About the Vancouver Maritime Museum

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is located within Vanier Park just west of False Creek on the Vancouver waterfront. The main exhibit is the St. Roch, an historic arctic exploration vessel used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The museum also has extensive galleries of model ships, a Children's Maritime Discovery Centre, a recreation of the fo'c'sle (forecastle) of Vancouver's ship Discovery, an extensive collection of maritime art, and a large library and archives. The Vancouver Maritime Museum is a publicly funded institution, generously supported by the City of Vancouver, the Province of BC, the British Columbia Arts Council, Canadian Heritage and Parks Canada. We are very grateful for the support we receive from our donors, sponsors, members and volunteers.


For high resolution images or more information, contact:

Gabriel Kirkley, Marketing Coordinator

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