Date: September 18, 2019Written by: J. CurtisFrom: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
We recently took our grade 1 and 2 combined class on a walking tour with Talaysay Tours in Stanley park. As a new teacher, I had many questions about what to expect for our class of 20 students. Our correspondence began in late November and I always received detailed responses in a timely manner which is so appreciated when you are juggling a teacher’s schedule. Talaysay Tours provided top quality customer care and was very supportive in creating an experience to best support the desired learning outcomes for my class.
Our two guides met our group of 20 students and 6 adults in Stanley park at our agreed spot in perfect timing and had already spent time checking our route for the day to assure our safety and quality of experience. My students listened so carefully while our guides combined legend, science, local First Nation’s traditional knowledge, music, and their personal family stories at a variety of sights through the park. Even though I have been coming to Stanley Park my whole life and consider myself to be fairly well educated, the majority of what was shared with us that day was completely new information. All of the adults on the tour live in downtown Vancouver and we all agreed that we had not been able to see Stanley park in this way before Talaysay shared this wonderful journey with us.
At school, I had been trying to guide my students to learning about how we are connected to the natural world and to the place we live in. The one hour and thirty minutes we spent with our guides accelerated our learning in that context in way that I had not yet been able to. The mind maps we have collectively made since our experience with Talaysay Tours have been very impressive. I am very grateful to Talaysay for providing the great service of sharing local First Nations stories and knowledge that I might not otherwise have access to as a Canadian with European heritage.
I hope to be able to take my class on this experience every year, and would highly recommend this field trip experience for any age group from Kindergarten through grade 12. Talaysay Tours is skilled at working with teachers to create the experience that best suits the needs of your class. I am attaching some of the work that my students produced as a reflection of our tour. Also, the photos were taken by my students using the few mini iPads that we brought along to record our journey.
Date: June 12, 2019Written by: Banfield B.From: Chicago, Illinois, USA
I loved the Talking Trees tour! Alfonso was our guide and not only showed us the different trees and plants, but related their use by the First Nations people who lived in the area first. I got to eat a wild salmonberry off the stalk and saw a Douglas Squirrel, not to mention an enormous yellow slug (we don't have giant slugs where I live)! The company was very helpful when they cancelled my reservation accidentally. This should be a must for everyone visiting Stanley Park.
Date: June 5, 2019Written by: B. MalberFrom: Washington, DC, USA
Had a great time learning about various trees, plants, and wildlife as well as the First Nations in and around Vancouver, BC. Tyrone was an amazing tour guide and was very knowledgeable!
Date: June 4, 2019Written by: Nomad23From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Very knowledgeable, Talasay Tours made us feel so welcomed into there group like if they knew us for years and brought on us our tours like if we were old friends catching up.
Date: May 28, 2019Written by: Dianek MFrom: Berlin, Germany
We loved hearing stories of the First Nation people. Our guide, Alfonso, was great.
Date: May 20, 2019Written by: R. HyshFrom: Sydney, Australia, Canada
Really informative tour with fantastic guides. We learnt a lot about the plants in the park, uses for the plants and got to sample a few of them ourselves. Would recommend!
Date: May 6, 2019Written by: Planet Is My HomeFrom: New York, British Columbia, USA
I participated in this tour and it was amazing! Candace and Tyler are wonderful guides, giving inside information about their indigenous culture in a fun and intelligent way! It is a tour where walking and talking is well balanced, and I learned incredibly much about the indigenous way of life. Candace and Tyler are explaining well, taking and answering questions and are very nice and fun people. I highly recommend this tour!
Date: May 1, 2019Written by: EmmyFrom: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
It was again, a pleasure joining the Spoken Treasures tour for my second time introducing visiting guests to Vancouver. With years of appreciation for our First Nations people and now living in Vancouver I embrace the historical traditions of all peoples. With that, embracing the cultural importance of the past and into our future.
Our guide Alfonso shared the treasures of this by capturing the images of times past. He has evolved in his teachings and represents well the importance of sustainability in times ahead. I look forward to arranging other tours you provide with friends and family.
Date: April 18, 2019Written by: Thomas V.From: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
I had a wonderful time on the Talking Trees Tour in Stanley Park. My guide, Alfonso, was fantastic! He did a great job personalizing the tour and by sharing a bit of his family's story, was able to make that emotional connection. Hearing the Raven song was incredibly powerful!
Having grown up in Vancouver, I had been to the park hundreds of times with my grandparents, but never had seen the park through the eyes of the original inhabitants. I really enjoyed learning about the many many uses of the trees, plants and berries in the park. The sustainability blew my mind and just reinforced my beliefs that we need to go back to that type of lifestyle.
I think everyone needs to go on one of Talaysay's tours in their life! It's so important that we understand what life was like and understand more of the real history of Vancouver and the surrounding area.
Date: April 4, 2019Written by: Ocean Blu8From: Portland, Oregon, USA
Wow! I had the honour of joining in on this beautiful and informative tour. Candace Campo is an expert knowledge holder. I've lived in the Vancouver area my entire life and I was happy to learn more about the local Indigenous history, stories and culture. We need to better understand where we walk and what lands are under our feet. Candace is lovely and funny. You can't beat the gorgeous hike and views that you will see and appreciate. The lunch was so yummy too. I highly recommend this hike for locals and for the out of town folks. IT'S A MUST! Thank you again, Candace.