Talaysay Tours, British Columbia

Talaysay Tours to Stanley Park totem poles

by Kyle Kim

Preserving and sharing British Columbia’s indigenous culture is Talaysay Tours’ first priority; look no further than their staff to see this motto in action. Many of their cultural ambassadors kick things off with a dash of musical heritage and perform a traditional song for the audience at the start of their tours.

With programs in Squamish, Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, Talaysay Tours offers a wide breadth of cultural experiences. Run by a First Nations family, this tour company hosts a variety of outdoor excursions, each themed around the customs and heritage of the local First Nations people.

Several of Talaysay’s group tours, such as Talking Trees or Talking Totems, are located within Vancouver’s Stanley Park. These nature walks are hosted by First Nations guides, who will share an assortment of stories and traditions from the indigenous people who lived here in the past.

Others, such as the Salish Sea tour, will launch from Gibsons Landing Harbor and take you onto South Howe Sound. You’ll sail around Hermit Island and Keats Island, soaking in breathtaking panoramic views from the surrounding mountains.

Plan your cultural expedition at talaysaytours.wpengine.com.