History and ghost lore: Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours are back

Haunted Vancouver TrolleyLadies and ghouls it’s time to hop on a historical Halloween tour and immerse yourselves in Vancouver’s murderous history and local ghost lore.

From October 18 – 31, Vancouver Trolley Company and the Vancouver Police Museum hosts the Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours, a two and a half hour journey through Vancouver’s prim and proper houses by day and rumored ghost hangouts by night.   Continue reading:
History and ghost lore: Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours are back

Cool Exhibit at the Vancouver Police Museum: Women in Policing – 100 Years in the VPD

International Womens Day 2013 Events Vancouver Police Museum Women In Policing

The women of the Vancouver Police Department pose for a photo on the day that they received their first uniforms. Photo credit: Vancouver Police Museum

International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8. Here are some local ladies who have set the bar high.

I bet you didn’t know that the Vancouver Police Department hired the first female police officers in all of Canada. Well it’s true. Vancouverites Minnie Millar and Lurancy Harris were the first women on the force, joining the VPD June 18, 1912.

100 or so years later, the Vancouver Police Museum is honouring the achievements of these remarkable women, and all the VPD women since. Women in Policing puts the spotlight on landmark achievements of women on the force. The fascinating exhibit illustrates the struggle for gender equality in the VPD with anecdotes, interactive audio-visual elements, uniforms and photographs and other memorabilia.

You’ll find it all at the Vancouver Police Museum, located in the the historic City Morgue and Coroner’s Court in downtown Vancouver at 240 E. Cordova Street.

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Cool Exhibit at the Vancouver Police Museum: Women in Policing – 100 Years in the VPD

CSI Camp for Kids at Vancouver Police Museum: March 14-16, 21-23

Photo credit: Mercury24

Hats off to the Vancouver Police Museum.  They’ve taken what could be a dry theme – a museum about policing – and turned it into one of the city’s most exciting cultural offerings.  (Haven’t been on their Sins of the City tour or checked out the old coroner’s office upstairs?  You should.).

This spring break, the museum is offering something really neat: Hiest!, a six-session CSI camp for kids focused on the ins and outs of police detective work (offered March 14-16 and March 21-23).  This sounds so fun that I’m jealous non-kids can’t join in.

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CSI Camp for Kids at Vancouver Police Museum: March 14-16, 21-23

A Vancouver Experience

photo credit: flickr/bkang83

The following article was submitted by Charles Duncombe, Director of UK holiday company Holidaysplease. Having heard so much about Vancouver he was determined to try and experience as much of it as possible…

I hate missing out on things. Whether it’s a party, a wedding…anything. You could probably trick me into doing the washing up just by saying that lots of other people have great fun doing it.

I was therefore determined not to miss out on anything that Vancouver had to offer.

I planned my trip with military precision. I chose to stay at the Fairmont Waterfront so I was near attractions in the North of the city such as Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. I even planned the direction of our driving to be against the flow of rush hour traffic!

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A Vancouver Experience

Vancouver’s Dark Past: Inside the Police Museum

Maybe it’s just the name.  For whatever reason, I never really had much interest in visiting the Vancouver Police Museum.  I imagined a drab city warehouse: filing cabinets stuffed with unpaid parking tickets, displays of old police uniforms and exhibits on the dangers of jaywalking.  Boy was I wrong.  It turns out the Police Museum is very cool and much edgier and more adult than you’d think  – easily one of Vancouver’s hidden gems.

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Vancouver’s Dark Past: Inside the Police Museum