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Talking Trees: Stanley Park Indigenous Walking Tour Led by a First Nations Guide

Vancouver, Canada
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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Enjoy a firsthand perspective of First Nations’ history and culture on this walking tour in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Led by a First Nations descendant and cultural ambassador, the tour provides insight into how aboriginal people have lived and managed the land, the forest, and oceans for countless generations. A little more than one mile (two km) long, this walk is a great educational activity for families and history buffs.
  • Interpretive walking tour in Stanley Park
  • Gain insight into local indigenous history and culture from a First Nations descendant
  • Stroll around Beaver Lake and learn about the local vegetation used by First Nations tribes
  • Easy level of walking appropriate for all fitness levels
  • Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule
This interpretive walking tour in Vancouver is ideal for families, history buffs and nature lovers. Meet your guide—a trained First Nations Cultural Ambassador—at a designated point in Stanley Park.

Your guide, a member of a First Nations tribe, will share his or her own family history and background, before leading you to the base of the trail to begin your interpretive forest walk around Beaver Lake.

Learn about the Coast Salish First Nations people and the first settlers of this area. At a leisurely pace covering a little more than a mile (two km), hear about how the aboriginal people have lived and managed the land for generations. Your guide points out local plants that were harvested for food, shelter, art. and medicine.

By the end of your trip, you will gain a deeper and richer understanding of the history of the First Peoples. Your tour ends with your guide taking you back to the departure point, where you can catch a bus or cab, or return to your vehicle.


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Excellent and Informative
Glenn W
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide Tyrone, was informative and passionate and most of all interesting. Our tour included a local native tea, which capped off a great tour! If First Nations and their connection with the land interests you, this is the tour for you!!
Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hey there, I am so delighted to see that you enjoyed your tour with Tyrone. Tyrone had a great time hosting you on the Talking Trees Tour, and he always loves to share his knowledge of the eco system with our guests. Wishing you safe travels, Candace :)
Perfect Walk in the Forest 🌳
, Jul 2019
I felt like escaping the summer crowds and connecting with nature so booked this tour. When I saw Alfonso waiting there with his ancestral drum I knew I had made the right decision. It was just the two of us and he shared from the heart about the forest, the plants and some history. I appreciated that he told his whole story - it touched me deeply and continues to resonate. Highly recommended. Thank you Alfonso!
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Caroline Thank you so much for joining us. Alfonso has shared that he had a wonderful afternoon with you in Beaver Lake. Thank you for taking the time to join us on our Talking Trees Tour. We are happy you enjoyed your experience with us. Very best wishes, Candace
Insightful and enlightening
Joan C
, Jun 2019
Alfonza was an outstanding tour guide. He was knowledgeable and generously shared his personal story. I learned so much! I highly recommend it.
Response from Host , Jun 2019
Joan, Thank you so much for joining us. Truly appreciated. We are happy that you enjoyed the history and the indigenous cultural uses of the forest shared in our Talking Trees Tour with Alfonso. I will for sure share your note with him. Warmest wishes, Candace
Alfonso was great!
Angela F
, Jun 2019
Alfonso gave an absolutely fantastic tour- he was knowledgeable, and the tour felt very personal as he connected his own ancestry to the story. I wish I could go on another! Cheers for the great job, and thanks for making Stanley Park much more special and interesting. I highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about First Nations cultures, and the flora & fauna of the park. Thanks again, Alfonso!
Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear Angela, Thank you for your kind review. Alfonso is very passionate about his work and loves to share history and culture with our guests. With guests such as yourself, you are supporting the creation of our dream to be storytellers and ambassadors to our communities. Not to mention, to be able to work on our land in the outdoors and to meet people from throughout the world. We thank you and I will pass on your note to Alfonso. All the best. Candace
A beautiful exploration
, Jun 2019
Candace was an excellent guide to both Stanley Park and First Nations culture. She was very knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge which people who knew little about her culture. We all learned a great deal and felt that the tour was most worthwhile. I would highly recommend it and Candace as a guide.
Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hello, thank you so much for the kind words. It was an absolute delight hosting your tour! Wishing you all the best, Candace.
This was a great experience, I had a...
, Mar 2018
This was a great experience, I had a lovely guide in Wes and it was just him and I. The walk was informative and Stanley Park is a great location. It was Winter so it was cold but the lovely tea Wes provided to try was very warming
Very informative and interesting...
Michelle H
, Feb 2018
Very informative and interesting tree walk led by elders Candice and Denise. We learnt so much about the Salish and Squamish cultures, customs, plus how they traditionally lived and accessed their natural environment in a sustainable way. Highly recommend this tour for a personal insight into the first nations.
Our tour with Wes from Talaysay...
Eric J
, Jun 2017
Our tour with Wes from Talaysay Tourism was awesome. We learned so much from him about nature and his native culture in that hour and half. His remarkable singing voice was kind, gentle and spiritual when he sang and drummed a welcome to us and to the day.
My husband and I were the only...
Karen L
, Aug 2016
My husband and I were the only visitors on this walking tour and we had a lot of difficulty meeting our guide as the directions were inadequate. However a couple of phone calls to Viator finally resolved our problems and let us know that our guide was looking for us. Our guide was a lovely young university student and member of a First Nations community of British Columbia. The tour took us on a trail to the beaver lake in Stanley Park that we had walked earlier that day so though the trail was familiar, she shared her insights about growing up and following the many traditions of her people in using and respecting the natural resources found in the forests. She was totally charming and very informative. I hope that the Interpretive Walking Tour group can improve the communications and instructions for future visitors to avoid the initial confusion and potential loss of the entire experience.

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