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Before our Titanic excursion, we were wondering around Pier 21 and found the museum. We had no idea of the history about Pier 21. The museum is great. We didn't do the guided tour, but I have heard good things about it. The museum is not big, but there is a lot to read and take in. It was so interesting, I ended up buying a couple of books at the gift shop to learn more.
Guided tours are great. Sheila is amazing. Not a typical museum in that it doesn't have rooms full of artifacts but the photo and visual displays are wonderful. The building itself is impressive - Canada's "immigration shed" - the first touch of Canada for more than a million newcomers and point of departure for half a million military service personnel.
Although I didn't use it, the... more
Pier 21 was probably the most disappointing historical site I have visited in Canada.
It's feel good, fluffy and lite which is perfect for waddling cruise ship visitors and those looking to kill some time without having to think too much. As a museum, and its hard to figure out if it is a site about Pier 21 or about the history of immigration, it lacks context, avoids uncomfortable historic... more