Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery for Culture or To Seek Cover from the Rain

It’s not breaking news that it rains a lot in the great metropolis of Vancouver. You’ll need a Plan B if you plan on spending some quality outdoor time in Stanley Park or Grouse Mountain.

Take me for instance. Rain all day was in the forecast and I had planned on going to Grouse Mountain to play with the bears. So I postponed it until the next day (Spoiler Alert: it rained anyway).

Thus, culture was in the agenda … because it was the morning and the bars and breweries weren’t open yet and I couldn’t get illegally streaming NFL on my phone.

I kid but you should visit the local art or history museums while exploring a city. I headed to the city’s most popular destination, the Vancouver Art Gallery, to relax while it was pouring outside. Word to the wise, you can get advance tickets and not wait on the long line.

One of the exhibits at the time was Emily Carr: Into the Forest.

Emily Carr, born in Victoria, BC, is one of Canada’s most renowned modern artists. Significant as a landscape painter, this selection of artworks, drawn primarily from the Gallery’s collection, includes some of her greatest canvases and oils on paper. These works demonstrate Carr’s profound regard for British Columbia’s natural environment and her remarkable ability to depict the vitality of our dense coastal forests. 

Also on displayed was few from Claude Monet (Claude Monet’s Secret Garden), about his time in Canada.

As with most art museums, the top floor is dedicated to modern art. The problem at the Vancouver Art Gallery that time I visited, both escalators were not working. One being worked on and the other just not moving. Furthermore, only one person can get by at the time. When I finally got to the top floor, it was a lot of photos of shadows. Not fascinating.

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