Listening to the Forest
Miss604, a popular Vancouver blogger, has often walked the trails and explored the city’s beautiful Stanley Park. Recently, she was given the opportunity to re-discover the famous park and experience it in a whole new way while on a guided walking tour with Talaysay Tours, and accompanied by Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation.
For the past 11 years, Talaysay Tours has been offering the “Talking Trees” tours through Porpoise Bay Provincial Park and the ancient village of Klaath, Smuggler’s Cove on the Sunshine Coast and the North Shore. As of this year, they are also offering this tour through world-famous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver.
“When I was growing up, three of my closest friends were three cedar trees,” said Candace, who runs Talaysay Tours with her brother. “This is why I call this the ‘Talking Trees Tour‘. It’s about being in balance with nature and enriching our relationship with plants and trees.”
During these leisure walks, you are taken on an intimate journey to discover the food and medicines derived from the plants and trees growing everywhere throughout First Nation traditional lands. With every step, Candace lets you discover fascinating things about the plants you’ve strolled by in the past without even noticing, like how the fragrant cedar tree had special significance, and was used to create many things from simple woven bark baskets and hats, to canoe parts, shelters and more. Throughout the tour, that practical and natural knowledge is coupled with the authentic myths and ancient legends elders have long shared about those same trees and plants.
In addition to the eco-walks, Talaysay Tours also offers sea kayak and stand up paddle board adventures, snowshoe tours in winter, as well as Aboriginal cultural experience workshops for schools and corporate groups.