Worldwide travel retailer Flight Centre have been experts in travel for over 30 years. With this experience, the company knows exactly what to look for in order to create a memorable holiday. In recent years Flight Centre has noticed a shift in travellers not just looking for flights and hotels, but also unique tours and experiences.
In line with this trend, Flight Centre has identified the Talaysay Talking Trees Tour at Stanley Park as one of the highlights of their Discover Your Canada guide. The tour takes visitors on a 2 kilometres, 90 minute walking discovery through first nations’ culture and the beautiful and conveniently located landscape of Stanley Park.
As the Moroccan scholar Ibn Battuta stated "Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." And who better to leave you speechless than Candace Campo, member of the Shishalh Nation and owner of Talaysay Talking Trees Tour. A person who has worked with the elders of her community since she was a teenager and has conducted ethnographic research on the topics which are the subject of this experience.
Her skills as a trained schoolteacher and anthropologist position her perfectly to educate visitors about first nation’s medicines, food and way of life within the forests of the North West Coast.
Stories such as the explanation of the importance of the "tree of life," – the Red Cedar Tree – which is so important to the first nations' people, will quickly turn travellers into storytellers and advocates for first nations' people and the area in which they have operated for millennia.
This experience embodies both old new notions of travelling to meet the needs of the modern discerning traveller in a fun, rewarding and educational way which, importantly, is accompanied by a hot cup of traditional indigenous tea!