Melodies and Museums: Solo-Friendly Entertainment for the Independent Traveller

From museum exhibitions, live music venues, to a supper club and cinema, discover solo-friendly entertainment options that celebrate your independence and creativity.

There’s a reason why solo travellers are who they are. They know how to entertain themselves and are always on the lookout for an enriching travel experience. British Columbia has a lot to offer by way of museums and live event venues. We’ve narrowed down the list for you as a kick-off point to the many places in B.C. you can find enjoyment in.


Museum of Vancouver

Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver

When you travel to British Columbia, you’re most likely to be starting from Vancouver. The best way to get to know the city’s history is through the exhibitions at the Museum of Vancouver. Their current exhibit includes what it was like from the 1900s all the way to the groovy 70s. With the Museum of Anthropology closed, you can still learn about Indigenous history and practices through MOV’s running exhibits such as the True Tribal: Contemporary Expressions of Ancestral Tattoo Practices and workshops like the upcoming Coast Salish Painting Workshop on April 27.


Steveston Heritage Sites

London Farm, Richmond

If you’re into history, heritage sites, and a lovely good time, the London Farm is the perfect place to visit. As one of Steveston’s Heritage sites, this restored Edwardian style home is a great way to experience what life would have been like on a rural farm in the late 19th century up until the 1920s. The farmhouse also features a tearoom where you can have tea and purchase seasonal jams. Outside, you can enjoy walking around the surrounding park and look at gardens that have heritage fruit trees, visit the reconstructed barn and community gardens. If you’re keen on spending the entire day exploring more of the area, there are many other options to visit among Steveston’s Heritage sites.


The Reach Gallery Museum

The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford

The Reach Gallery Museum is a wonderful introduction into the Fraser Valley’s culture and creative community. It showcases a range of exhibitions that share the stories of its diverse cultural heritage. Among its current features is the Des Pardes exhibition that highlights multigenerational stories contributed by the region’s South Asian community. It’s complemented by the art exhibit from multi-disciplinary artist Faria Firoz whose paintings tackle diasporic themes. 


Hermann’s Jazz Club

Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria

While Victoria is often known for its beautiful inner harbour, gardens, government buildings and whale watching, it’s also home to the longest continuous running jazz club in Canada. Hermann’s Jazz Club has been the scene for local and international musicians alike for 40 years. It’s a wonderful way to relax and enjoy a night of good music while supporting a local musical institution after a day of strolling through the city’s historical Fan Tan Alley and an immersion at the Royal BC Museum.


Bernie’s Supper Club and Cinema

Bernie’s Supper Club and Cinema,  Kelowna

We often equate the Okanagan region with wine but there’s more gems to be found in Kelowna. Cinema, comedy, and culinary delights. That’s what you can get on a solo night out at Bernie’s. You can book a dinner reservation for one at their restaurant or choose from their cinema menu offerings while you watch a movie. On Toonie Tuesdays you get $2 off on local craft beers, wine and movies. And if you’re looking for laughs, they hold the Silly Sally Comedy Show on Thursdays.


Kimberley Arts at Centre

Centre 64, Kimberley

Located in B.C.’s Kootenay region, the little town of Kimberley was voted as B.C.’s #1 Small Town. It’s also very accessible, with direct flights from Vancouver, Kelowna, and Calgary. Centre 64 is a great place to discover the community’s local art scene. It’s  an all-in-one entertainment space for music, arts, and theatre. You’ll find more than what you’re looking for with its many upcoming exhibitions, workshops, music and film showings.