Spoken Treasures School Tour

Explore iconic Stanley Park along the seawall with a local Indigenous cultural ambassador / educator. Local to this region, your guide will lead the class along the seawall, while sharing the stories, history and lore of Stanley Park and Vancouver – through Indigenous eyes.

Location:

Stanley Park, Vancouver

Season

jan / feb / mar / apr / may / jun / sep / oct / dec

Duration:

1.15 Hours

Guests:

16-32 Students

Rates:

  • $15 per Student

Includes:

  • Cultural Ambassador Guide

What to Bring:

  • Walking shoes
  • Layered clothing
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks

Tour Overview

This tour includes indigenous teachings and values regarding water, and how the ocean, the Salish Sea, which provided Indigenous people a rich marine diet.

The program is completed at the Stanley Park Totem Poles with the many stories and interpretations of the totems (story poles) and the Indigenous peoples who carved them.

  • This program shares the Indigenous history of Stanley Park and Vancouver, including the experiences of contact, indigenous – settler relations, and the survival of epidemics
  • Focuses on the Salish Sea as an element that has sustained Indigenous people for millennia
  • Discusses the acute environment issues of our oceans today
  • Explores how relationships between the host tribes Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, Musqeum and Tsleil-Waututh, the city of Vancouver and our Nation have thrived and evolved through the centuries
  • Stanley Park Totem Poles allows us to show who rich and diverse Indigenous society and culture is in our Province of British Columbia

"Spoken Treasures Tour"

Thank you for a wonderful and informative walking tour. Wes was a brilliant guide and he really brought the first nations people and their stories alive for us. It was great to hear him speaking his language and singing; 21st century Vancouver melted away and we were taken back in time.

We could have spent the whole day listening to him and learning about the coast Salish peoples. A memorable afternoon and thoroughly recommended if you want to learn about the culture and traditions of the first nation peoples of Vancouver.

Christine R — TripAdvisor

Tour Locations

Stanley Park - 1.15 Hours
Group Tours Only

Meeting Location

Stanley Park Information Booth, 715 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver.

Time

Morning: 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Afternoon: 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm or 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm 

Please note: it is possible to modify the schedule when booked in advance.

Discount Student Rates

The discounted student rate (60%) is effective with 20 or more students. Teachers and Chaperons are complimentary. Max of two complimentary members.

In planning your land based learning activity with your class, we invite all teachers to inform us of any curriculum connections you would like to meet in our tour program. Discussion of these curriculum goals require advanced planning.

Notes

In planning your land based learning activity with your class, we invite all teachers to inform us of any curriculum connections you would like to meet in our tour program. Discussion of these curriculum goals require advanced planning.

Additional Information

Excludes
  • Gratuities (optional for tour guide)
  • GST (tax)
Booking Details

Talaysay School Rates:  These rates are reserved for public and private secondary and elementary schools.  The $15 per student rate is approx. a 65% from our retail rate.  We only do select dates and recommend you book in advance.  Payments can be made on-line, via credit card.  Cheques will be accepted if provided 2 weeks prior to the tour.  

Talaysay Customer Service and policies: Our tours and school programs proceed on rainy days. If weather is extreme with respect to severe rain or wind, we will contact you to re-schedule or cancel without cancellation penalty.

Medical: We ask the teachers to inform us in advance if there is any student or participants who requires an epi pen or if there are any participants with injuries or health matters that could affect their ability to experience our tour program in its full capacity.

Group Cancellation: 7 days or more are required for a refund; we will reimburse less a 20% administration fee.


Customer Service, Policies & Best Practices

We walk on light rainy days and encourage visitors to love our rain forest coast, just as the locals do. If weather is extreme with respect to rain or wind, we will consult and re-schedule. Cancellations with 48 hours advance notice will be reimbursed with a 20% admin fee. If you would like to reschedule for another day, our company will schedule you in. Groups of four or more, if cancelling with Talaysay, we require 7 days notice for reimbursement.

Payments, Taxes & Group Rates

We accept Visa and Mastercard. Your booking will be completed by your payment in full in which you will receive a full itinerary by email. 5% GST will be added to your booking payment.

For more information on our booking & rental policies, please call 1 (800) 605-4643.