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. By using our Vancouver trip planner , you can arrange your visit to Totem Poles and other attractions in Vancouver.
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  • Before the Sun through the trees and the tourist hordes spin up, we have experienced this place and felt quite a bit of the magic that emit these piles. Undoubtedly a must in the beautiful Stanley Park. For uninterrupted images, we recommend an early visit.
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  • Check the one that is standing alone and that gets no attention... less crowded, so better to take pictures.  more »
  • If you love totem poles, this is a must see. They are actually called story poles, each telling a story unique to that pole. All sorts of colors and shapes. Very interesting and worth the stop.  more »
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  • Very nice craft totem situated in the heart of the Stanley park in the very heart of Vancouver! In the shop nearby you can find real first nation artifact sold by a friendly staff. The view on the Harbour and the Rocky Mountains are marvellous. You can enjoy a nice walk or ride you bike in The Stanley park
  • Awesome with the trees giving the fall colors. Glad I made the stop to check them out. The whole park is pretty cool and can be driven around entirely to see a bunch of cool stuff. Totem poles were pretty cool
  • Nice park, great colorful totem poles, learned about the early cultures that help shape Vancouver. Walk northeast through the park to lands end to the lighthouse, wonder views of Lion’s Bridge and the landscape
  • Even on a rainy day, the poles (the word totem comes from Europe) have this mystique and ambiance that brings you back in time. What an appropriate symbol for Vancouver and the West coast.
  • Fun place for picnics and popular for people wanting to take grad or wedding photos. The gift shop nearby offers nice momentos.

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