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Totem Poles, Vancouver

Categories: Monuments, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
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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  • Set in acres of woodland there is this nugget of a place. Not a museum but a living place to remind people of who were in Canada before white settlers from Europe arrived. Fascinating to see the detai...  read more »
  • I was recently in Chicago at the Field Museum and saw some west coast totem poles and also some jazzy re-creations inspired by the west coast totems. We should be very proud to have this display of th...  read more »
  • Very nice set of totem, with different styles and panels to recognize different figures.
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  • Don't make the mistake of skipping over them because you think all totem poles are the same. These are unique and beautiful. Be sure to read the plaque underneath each one to learn more about them!
  • One of the small attractions within Stanley Park. Some of them were commissioned from artists, and some were sourced from traditional longhouses. They're very colorful, and have very interesting and informative plaques about their origin.
  • The totem poles are neat but there aren't many and they are all stuck in a small area. The small shop just next to them has some cool stuff inside though.
  • Tourist trap. Don't make this the sole purpose of your trip, but the site and surrounding areas are great to visit for when on a bike ride around Stanley. Scenic views of both downtown Vancouver (Coal harbour) and the North Shore. The totems aren't even native to the area. They were brought in, long ago.
  • This was fun. We walked there from downtown. Would definitely recommend biking there instead.
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