British Columbia's history is a colourful mosaic of peoples and cultures with one thing in common: they all call this beautiful part of Western Canada home. Today, each of these distinct groups live in harmony, sharing the beauty of the West Coast with one another with a tolerance and openness that has become as much a trademark of this province as those who live here. And it's through the arts that cultures preserve their heritage and recognize their roots - part of the reason why British Columbia has such a proliferation of art galleries. Celebrate BC's diversity through the art of the people who call it home. There are literally hundreds of galleries across the province, but we'll get you started with a few of our favourites…
While an international institution like the Vancouver Art Gallery is an obvious must-see, some of the city's less celebrated galleries can offer charming surprises. Set in Vancouver's False Creek, Just across the water from the astonishingly beautiful city skyline is Granville Island, home to a famous public market, cafes, brewpubs and above all else, art galleries. It's not surprising that this Vancouver landmark should spawn such a culture of artists and artisans. After all, the world renowned Emily Carr College of Art makes its home here. Whether independent or co-op, whether ceramic, glassware, carvings, paintings, or even paper art, it's all here. Galleries include Circle Craft, The Crafthouse, The Wood Co-op Gallery, Fibre Arts Studio, The Raven & the Bear Arts and Stone Age Art Gallery.
The alpine resort town of Whistler also boasts its fair share of galleries. From contemporary to indigenous, the canvases and carvings you'll discover here all have the unmistakable flavor of the British Columbia coastal mountains. Galleries include Whistler Village Art Gallery, Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, The Plaza Galleries, West Coast Gallery, Black Tusk Gallery and Chateau Whistler Gallery.
Over on Vancouver Island, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria features a permanent exhibit of the works of one of its favourite daughter, Emily Carr, while simultaneously showcasing international exhibits of the highest caliber. Vacationing inland? The Okanagan's Cultural Corridor offers amazing art at venues such as Kamloops Art Gallery, The Kelowna Art Gallery and The Horse Barn.
British Columbia is a work of art. We've got the galleries to prove it.