Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

For Immediate Release
November 16, 2011

Type: Community Event / Family Day

Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

(Vancouver, BC) – Vanier Park is a cultural hub that many Vancouver residents know little about, and on Saturday, December 3 the six cultural institutions that call Kitsilano’s biggest park home will be celebrating this hidden treasure with a significantly reduced rate for visitors.

“Music, history, space, sea, and Shakespeare reside together in stunning Vanier Park,” says Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach. “It is truly a Vancouver treasure.”

Vanier Park is home to the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives – offering visitors a fascinating range of cultural experiences within easy walking distance of each other.

The Winter Wander in Vanier Park is a one day event in which Vancouverites and their families can enjoy a taste of what all Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer for one rate that includes all venues (Note Bard on the Beach will be located at the MOV, as the tents are currently down). Adult admission will be just $5 to visit all locations, and children 16 and under will visit for free. Venues open at 10am and close at 5pm.

“Before it became Vanier Park, this area was first a First Nations fishing village, then a Royal Canadian Air Force station,” explains Simon Robinson, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum. “We are fortunate that the Vancouver Parks Board started managing the land in 1966 thereby allowing the space to become public park land and a cultural hub. It's quite unique, but sometimes overlooked as a great destination. Today it’s a place where Vancouverite’s can spend the day enjoying the beauty of the park, visiting museums, taking in a play, learning music, or discovering Vancouver’s history.”

Winter Wanderers will also be able to enjoy food from visiting food trucks, performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students, and have an opportunity to win memberships to the three participating museums.

The Winter Wander is supported by Port Metro Vancouver.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011