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Salmon Tales: How Fishing Shaped BC

Featured Exhibit

April 6, 2023 – October 28, 2023

A flash of silver in the water. A tug on the line.

Whether it was to feed a family or for the pride that came with catching the biggest fish of the season, salmon looms large in the cultural consciousness of BC. These iconic fish have nourished us, driven innovation, and been a way of life for so many.

Salmon Tales takes a dive into the history of how the people of BC have fished from traps to nets to lures. It features stories of those who changed the way we fish as well as those who have dedicated their lives to the thrill of the catch.

Join us at the Maritime Museum of BC to explore how our relationship with salmon has evolved and what we can do to protect it into the future.


Detail Beyond Measure: Models, Half Hulls, and Name Plates from the Maritime Museum of BC’s Collection

Permanent Exhibit

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Company completed the first transcontinental railroad across Canada in 1885, physically linking Canada’s colonial centres in the east with its relatively undeveloped colonial west. Shortly afterward, CPR was operating fleets of transpacific and transatlantic steamships, transporting people, cargo, and mail across the oceans. On British Columbia’s coast, the Steamship Terminal in Victoria’s inner harbour became the main hub for steamship transportation, and ultimately became known as the “gateway to Western Canada”. At the height of the Steamship era, luxurious Prince, Princess and Empress steamship lines dominated the BC’s coast and their influence can still be seen in the province today.

Gallery wall at the Maritime Museum of BC


Access our virtual exhibit platform here. Dive in to our Collections and get an in-depth look at objects and stories. Current exhibits include:

Life at Pine Island Light Station: 1957 to 1967

Mishaps and Misadventures

Pacific: Ocean Gateway to British Columbia

Work and Wear: A Peek into the MMBC’s Textile Collection

These virtual exhibits are available free of charge.