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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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  • We came by on our hop-on hop-off tour and decided to exit and take a look. The totem poles were very close to the street and easy to find. It was very crowded that day and I was missing a bit more res...  more »
  • We biked into Stanley Park from Vancouver's harbor walk path. The totems are one of the first stops we made. There where helpful plaques w/ fascinating info for each pole. Many photo ops. The gift sto...  more »
  • It is well worth a visit, there are notices that explain about each one, what they mean and when they were put there  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.