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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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  • The poles are great to see but difficult to find and not much there once you find them. There is a gift shop by them as well but not sure it's worth the journey unless you also want to see the park.  more »
  • I imagined a larger attraction, as I've encountered. There are a few nice and painted totem poles in the Park, and before that a few information panels, I was not particularly interested in. Who was not there, you have missed nothing.
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  • Also, this is a highlight in Stanley Park. Some of the most beautiful colorful totem poles (less coloured can be seen E.g. in the Capilano Park) in the original or as copies are here to see. Also some more modern examples. You are well explained
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  • 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.
  • These totem poles are very artistic and well carved out. If you're at Stanley Park, you should definitely come stop and take a look for yourself.
  • Great place to hang out in the park. Beautiful scenery and nice little shops nearby. its a very nice place!
  • Pretty cool place. If you're going to Stanley Park, this is a must stop. Very impressive and full of history.
  • Interesting collection of totem poles. Worth a stop if you're in Stanley Park. BUT: If you have a specific interest in totem poles, put the Museum of Anthropology (across town at the University of British Columbia campus) higher on your list. The totem poles at the museum are incredible, as is the entire collection.