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.
Date: March 30, 2019Written by: Rick DickulousFrom: Athens, Greece
Our cultural ambassador Alfonso was very open, friendly, and informative. We would highly recommend it even if you've been to Stanley Park before. This tour is about the culture, history, and technology of the first nations people, it's not about a tour of Stanley Park.
Date: March 21, 2019Written by: Shabs62From: Aarhus, Denmark
This was an incredible experience and a wonderful window into the Indigenous history of our city. Candace is a skilled guide and has deep and interesting knowledge. And the salmon meal was delicious. I'd highly recommend this tour.
Date: March 18, 2019Written by: YunningFrom: Beijing, China
The guide Talaysay is fantastic. She knows a lot about the forest, the land and the culture. I am searching for this kind of travel experience for a while. I am glad I meet Talaysay, the tour is not just about the knowledge, which of course is erudite, it's more about the attitude toward to plants that how indigenous people treat to their history and mother nature. I really enjoy the trip!
Date: February 13, 2019Written by: Felicity FFrom: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
As a Vancouver resident, I really loved the chance to learn some of the history of the Coast Salish peoples as well as the uses of local plants. This traditional knowledge gives me such respect for the land I live on the people who have been its stewards since time immemorial. Candace was a kind and knowledgeable guide and she makes delicious tea to boot!
Date: February 11, 2019Written by: Chris JFrom: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
We were fortunate to have Candice for our guide. She is patient and her passion for her job shines through. The tour was provided in a highly interactive manner, allowing us to ask questions as we went along. We not only learned a great deal about the Northwest coast trees and plants but about the local indigenous cultures and their way of life. It was a cold winter morning (rare for Vancouver) so we really enjoyed the traditional tea. There’s a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
Date: February 3, 2019Written by: Edan MFrom: , British Columbia, Canada
We were lucky enough to be the only two people on this tour, which allowed us to get to know Alfonso just a little bit more than we likely would have had the group been larger. It was a true pleasure to hear him share his history, knowledge, and thoughts during our tour. We very much enjoyed the time we spent, and the conversation, but it felt like we barely scratched the surface on a deep and complex history of this area and the local First Nations People. Highly recommended.
Date: February 1, 2019Written by: ElkeFrom: , British Columbia, Canada
We really enjoyed the tour with our knowledgeable guide Candace. She explained different plants and trees to us, gave us an overview about indigenous peoples lives here in Canada and answered all of our questions. We are very happy that we had her as our guide and would have liked to keep on talking to her for many more hours. Thank you again Candace!
Date: January 30, 2019Written by: StephanieFrom: Glasgow, Scotland
The walking tour with Candace was incredibly eye-opening. I have visited Vancouver many times and been to Stanley Park every time I was in the city. I thought I had seen it all - but how wrong I was. Walking through the forest with Candace showed me look at the trees, plants, and wildlife with new eyes. Candace was a wealth of knowledge, happy to answer all my questions about the plant life in the pacific northwest but also about indigenous cultures across all of Canada. I would heartily recommend this tour to anyone looking to have a new point of view in Vancouver.