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Totem Poles, Vancouver

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Admire the artistry of Totem Poles, a collection of nine separate First Nations totems set in an attractive and accessible location. Tall, colorful, and strikingly carved, the totems tell their own story, as distinct in message as they appear in design. Head to the onsite visitor center to learn about the meanings behind each structure, as well as the overall history of totem poles among indigenous peoples. Carved by people from Haida Gwaii, Alert Bay, and the Squamish Nation, the artworks date back as far as the late 1880s. The collection began in the 1920s and has been added to at particular junctures since, to celebrate anniversaries and other events. Plan to see Totem Poles and other attractions that appeal to you using our Vancouver itinerary planner.
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  • I really loved the totem poles! So colorful. I really wish there was a tour so we could learn more about them!  more »
  • A lot (about 8-10) of colorful and extremely detailed Native American totem poles. I know if you take the horse drawn trolley tours here, the guide will give you more information about the poles, if y...  more »
  • Too crowded place to watch ward. If you want to watch alone, it is worth to the Anthropology museum. Of course, exploring stanley park worth taking a look at this point, but the disappointment of guaranteed (the number of people doing a pics (of course we:))
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  • Any time, day or night .... the view of downtown is incredible. Enjoy sunset and stay till the lights of the city burn bright. Amazing!
  • I guess it's one of the popular stop in the Stanley Park. At least across from the Totem Poles, there is a nice view of Vancouver. Maybe spend 15 to 30 minute here to explore the section of the park and take some photos and move on. Worth a visit for those who are touring Vancouver.
  • I was underwhelmed by the totem poles. The descriptions of the history and symbolism of each pole were short and not overly informative. Additionally, there appear to only be a handful of totem poles, all of which are clustered in a small enclosure. With only 6ish poles, I'd have preferred them to be more spaced out and have a lengthier description of each one.
  • If you are visiting Vancouver, this is an absolute must! Not just the totem poles, but Stanely Park in general! You will get great views of the city with nature all around you. Rent a bike and ride along the sea wall. Or take a ride in a horse drawn carriage. Or just go for a leisurely stroll and learn more about the city of Vancouver by reading the many plaques and historical markers around the park. This is truly one of my favourite places in Vancouver.
  • Well worth a pit stop if biking through the park. I regularly bring visitors here and they are always impressed. The gift shop is good for tourist trinkets.

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