Spoken Treasures Tour – Stanley Park

This tour includes the rich Aboriginal Indigenous history of Vancouver and Stanley Park and is completed at the renowned Stanley Park Totem Poles where the guided tour will conclude with the stories of the totem poles and the Indigenous peoples who carved them.

Location:

Stanley Park - Vancouver

Season

feb / mar / apr / may / jun / jul / aug / sep / oct

Duration:

1.15 Hours

Guests:

We are operating with 6 to 8 guests max in the 2020 season (previously 2-20 Guests)

Rates:

  • $60 per Adult
  • $52 per Child (4-18)
  • * Group Rates Available

Includes:

  • Cultural Ambassador Guide

What to Bring:

  • Good walking shoes, dress for the weather
  • An umbrella for light rain
  • Water resistant jacket
  • Toque and Gloves in Winter months

Tour Overview

Note:  Please see Covid Best Practices below

Spoken Treasures – Indigenous History Walking Tour

Type of Tour: Walking Tour (1.2 km)    Location:  Stanley Park Seawall

Tour Description:  Vancouver is a relatively young city at 135 years old, and has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples since time immemorial.  We invite you to join us to explore the rich history of Stanley Park and Vancouver through Indigenous eyes.  Our local Indigenous ambassadors-guides will accompany you along the Stanley Park seawall, for an enriched, leisurely, 1.2 km stroll, to share an historical and cultural interpretive walking tour from the unique perspectives of our people with you.   Spoken Treasures highlights how our ancestors lived sustainably through the Potlatch, and how they navigated and were impacted by early contact with explorers, trade merchants and settlers.  The tour starts at the Stanley Park Information Booth and is completed at the renowned Stanley Park Totem Poles where the formal tour will conclude with stories of the totem poles and the diversity and richness of the Indigenous peoples, throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Legends of Kalkalath, Wild Women of the Mountains, make it fun for guests of all ages.  This is a tour for the history buff who likes a good story.

Start time:  2:00 pm     End time: 3:15 pm     Duration: 1.15 hrs

Dates for this tour:  Tuesdays & Wednesdays  on select dates and on weekends.

2021 Rates    $60 per adult   $48 per youth/child

Minimum:  2 people

Maximum:  10 people per guide (best practices during Covid management)

Other Offerings:     With a group of 3 people or more, we can open up another date for your group.  We need to secure a guide so advance notice would be appreciated.

Christine Elliott – Manager, admin@talaysay.com

What to wear/bring: a mask and hand sanitizer.  Good walking shoes, an umbrella and rain resistant clothing if raining, sun glasses, hats and sunscreen if sunny. Wear layers with the changing seasons.  In the winter season weather we recommend a toque or hat and gloves.

Who we are:  All of our guides are indigenous members of the local tribes of this area.  Talaysay Tours, owned by Candace and Larry Campo, Shíshálh (Sechelt) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nation, offer you an enriched cultural outdoor experience.

Seasons: February 1st to October 31 2021 (select dates)

What to expect on your Tour:   We respect the schedules of all of our guests attending our cultural experiences and tours.  If you miss your tour, there will be no reimbursement.  We will work with you to reschedule you on another scheduled tour date at a later time or date if it is available.

When you book, you will receive a confirmation email and a receipt of payment from our office manager with the itinerary details for your tour which will include digital maps links of our meeting location.  Please research your meeting location in advance.  Contact us if you need assistance.  Your guide will be waiting in front of the Stanley Park Information Booth  15 minutes prior to every tour.   When booking, for customer service needs, we ask you to provide the first names of all guests.  Your guide is trained within our tribal cultural protocols to be your host and deliver and share an indigenous cultural experience.  All questions are welcome.  We like all of our guests to enjoy themselves and have fun.

This tour is recommended for children 12 and older.  Parental discretion:  If your child is younger and you think that this tour suitable for them, we will be happy to have your child and family join us.

Start of the Tour:  Stanley Park Information Booth, 715 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2

End of Tour:  Stanley Park Totem Poles

We require 8 hours notice to book your tour in the Fall, Winter and Spring Season and 3 hours notice to book your tour in the summer period.

Cancellation:  48 hours prior to the tour 20% admininstrative fee

Cancellation:  Within 48 hours to the tour 100% non refundable

Group Cancellation:  Up to 10 days prior to tour 20% administrative fee

Group Cancellation:  Within 10 days to tour 100% non refundable

Covid Safety Practices:  We invite guests to wear a mask.  We follow the 2 meter distance safety practice and ask for your support in maintaining this safety guideline.  We ask guests to use hand sanitizer before and after all tours.  At present we are not shaking hands and will happily share  how we say thank you the Coast Salish hand gesture. We will not be sharing our traditional drink during this period of managing the covid curve.  

If you have any allergies or medical conditions you think we should know, please give us a call or send us an email.  If you are sick or have a fever, we ask you to stay home and we will reschedule you within our scheduled operational season.

Covid Best Practices: https://www.worksafenb.ca/media/61124/embracing-the-new-normal-poster.pdf

Talaysay Tours & Aboriginal Eco Tours

Manager:   Christine Elliott    Email:  admin@talaysay.com

Candace and Larry Campo, Owner/Operator     Email: info@talaysay.com

Toll Free:  1-800-605-4643  Vancouver Line:  1-604-628-8555

BOOK on line  www.aboriginalecotours.com – email admin@talaysay.com – call or text 604 849 5991 

 

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 Dr, Vancouver, BC.

Times

Morning: 10:30 am to 11:45 am.

Afternoon:  12:30 pm to 1:45 pm OR 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm.

Additional Information

Exclusions:

Summer 2020 Season:  We are in this together!

  • We have made revisions for the summer. 
  • We value your safety and want to respect for safety boundaries.  We invite you to wear masks and bring your own water and sanitizer.  
  • We value your safety and want to respect for safety boundaries.  We invite you to wear masks and bring your own water and sanitizer.  
  • We are presently operating small groups of 6 to 8 maximum at present.
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • GST (tax)
  • 75 minute tour (1.15 hrs)
  • Advance booking highly recommended
Additional Details:

 

  • for the July 2020 month, this tour will start at 2 pm
  • In the summer, we book fast and invite you to book in advance so that we can organize you the best experience
  • In the winter and fall season we require 24 hours notice for all bookings.  If you book after the 24 hour period, if we can not secure a guide, we will contact you immediately to reimburse you or reschedule for another day.  
  • In the summer period (May to August) we require a minimum of 2 hours notice.
  • In the shoulder and winter season (October to May) this tour is offered once per day 12:00 pm
  • We operate these tours daily in Stanley Park in the summer.  You will want to book asap as we sometimes get fully booked.  
  • To respect all guests, all tours begin promptly.  Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at our site and join our tour.  
  • If you are late you can walk along the seawall to find the group and join us. 

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.