Talking Trees and Salmon School Tour

We will walk and hike along the guided trails and explore the various species of trees and plants while your guide points out the diversity of local plants that were harvested by our people for food, shelter, art and medicine.

Location:

Cleveland Park, North Vancouver

Season

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

Duration:

3 Hours

Guests:

16-32 Students

Rates:

  • $15 per Student

Includes:

  • Cultural Ambassador Guide

What to Bring:

  • Walking shoes
  • Layered clothing
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch

Tour Overview

Local Talaysay guide and a trained Indigenous ambassador-educator will introduce the students to the forests, the cultural stories and shared practices of the indigenous ecological and spiritual perspectives that have sustained Coast Salish Indigenous people for generations.

  • This program shares indigenous practices of living, via sustainable and selective harvesting
  • Local history and ecology of the North Shore, the Capilano River
  • Salmon – The Cycle of Life. An emphasis on the salmon as a special resource to the local Indigenous People. Water as Life. Issues and the awareness of a shared responsibility to the protection of water.
  • Forest Meditation – The students will be instructed through a forest meditation
  • The Tree of Life – Cedar, it’s sacred gifts: medicine, technology, shelter, clothing, transportation
  • West Coast Temporal Rain Forest – an ultimate community network
  • The Land is Us and We are the Land – land management techniques, the social practices. Selective burning, the various forms for practiced agriculture, transplanting, pruning
  • Your class will learn about the maple tree, Douglas Fir tree, Red Alder tree, the Western Hemlock, and the many wild berries and plants of this region
  • Plants as medicine, frog leaves, plantain, horsetail – the forest is our grocery story and pharmacy

"What a beautiful local experience"

I met with Candace this morning who was kind to meet me when I got off the bus too early. We began our walk and every piece of information was wonderfully explained. She is a great story teller and engaging to listen to.

I have lived in Vancouver for 7 years and took this tour from the recommendation of a teacher at my college. I got so much more than I expected. A wonderful tour for people of all ages and backgrounds. Truly important knowledge of the ways of life that is vital to the peoples of the coast.

Montana N — TripAdvisor

Tour Locations

Cleveland Park - 3 Hours
Group Tours Only

The walk-hike includes some hills and stairs is considered moderate to intermediate with parts of the trail on uneven ground.

Meeting Location

Cleveland Park, 5077 Dam Rd, North Vancouver

Time

Morning: 10 am – 1pm

Notes

Custom Times can be arranged in advance. This includes opportunities to stop, rest and discuss concepts. We take nutrition breaks, and encourage students to bring their lunch and a water bottle for a lunch break. We can plan a lunch or recess break (2.5 hrs of walking and hiking and 30 minutes for a snack, or lunch with stories).

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.

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: Teachers and Chaperons are complimentary. 2 per 20 students. 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.