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SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010

Munin Viking Longship Adventure in English Bay

Vancouver is home to many unique attractions and there is none more adventurous than the Munin Viking Longship, a 40 foot half scale replica of a Viking vessel (the Gokstad) which was built to honour the Scandinavian history of the region. Ten years after its construction, this sturdy wooden ship has become a sight to see in English Bay as it sails about. We had the opportunity to take a ride on this beautiful ship and learn to row, put up a sail and even steer while enjoying views and great stories told by the ship's enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers! What an experience!

The Munin Viking Longship is a half scale replica of a Norwegian vessel and can often be seen sailing through English Bay off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia,Guests on board get a chance to row, take part in readying the ship for sail and of course kicking back and enjoying English Bay and the views of the region.Looking to take a trip on the Munin Viking Longship? You can reserve by email for two hour weekend sailings. Don't miss this unique experience off the shores of Vancouver!

The beautifully carved bow and stern were hand carved by craftsmen from Scandinavia who built the ship in Burnaby, British Columbia.The carvings at the bow and stern of the Longship represent dragons.

The Viking Longship is named the Munin - this the boats name in nautical alphabet.

This small flag on the Munin represents the two carvings on the ship's bow and stern.

The distinctive red and white sail of the Munin Viking Longship makes it easily visible and makes it a curiosity in the waters of English Bay.

The Munin was built as many Viking Longships were constructed using period materials and designs to make it as authentic as possible - its distinctive black colour comes from a mix of linseed oil and tree sap which has darkened over time.

The Munin Viking Longship is docked at the Maritime Museum moorage (which is also where it sets sail from on the weekends).

Guests on board get to row, help steer, put up the sail and learn how the Viking Longship works - the experience is amazing.

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