Forest Bathing

This is a mindful, very moderately paced walk often stopping to connect to the forest with all your senses, which in turn creates a better connection with yourself.

Location:

Vancouver, Stanley Park

Season

mar / apr / may / jun / jul / aug / sep / oct

Duration:

1.5 hrs

Guests:

10-12 people per guide

Rates:

  • $69 per Adult
  • n/a

Includes:

  • Snacks and an Indigenous tea ceremony.
  • mat

What to Bring:

  • Good walking shoes
  • Layered clothing. Dress for the weather.
  • Water bottle

Tour Overview

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Boost your immune system with Forest Bathing!

Tour Description: Our cultural teachings that we carry forward from our Ancestors remind us the forest is medicine. With each step we take upon the land, as we walk among the talking trees, is filled with gratitude, respect and love.

Forest bathing is a different way of experiencing nature in the outdoors. When you are hiking you have a destination. Where as forest bathing is about getting out of your head and into your senses and really connecting with yourself, your body and the land around you. It’s a relational experience.

Guiding you to go slow, really seeing the details, smelling and hearing all that is around you, this forest bathing tour is an invitation that will help you reduce stress hormones, increase happy hormones, improve your mental clarity, and focus. It is calming, nurturing and thus “opens the door” to the medicine of the forest, inviting you to interact with nature in various meaningful and healing ways. 

Guides: We are pleased to have two uniquely gifted guides with Forest Bathing. Tours in Stanley Park are guided by Taylor McKee, who leans into her Japanese ancestry guiding guest by pulling from the Japanese tradition of forest bathing also known as Shinrin-yoku. Tours in Porpoise Bay Provincial Park are guided by Haida Bolton, BC’s first Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

See calendar for available dates and times

Duration: 1.5 hrs (Options for extended programs when requested) 

Locations: Stanley Park Vancouver

2022 Rates: $69 Adult + GST Minimum of 4 guests required.

Groups & Custom tours: With advanced planning larger groups can attend.  We will contract another forest guide.  Further, extended programs of two or three hours. Additional costs will apply. Connect with us to learn more. admin@talaysay.com 

Includes: 

Your guide is passionate to connect people to nature, in such a way that boosts guests’ health and happiness. This is a mindful, very moderately paced walk often stopping to connect to the forest with all your senses, which in turn creates a better connection with self. The tour includes a snack and tea ceremony.  We provide mats but you are welcome to bring your own.

What to bring: We walk on light rainy days and encourage visitors to love our rain forest coast, just as the locals do. Dress for the seasonal weather, water proof or repellent outerwear, layered clothing, good walking shoes with traction, water bottle. Masks are optional at the preference of guests.

Guest protocol: We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to the tour as all of our scheduled tours start promptly. We ask guests to provide enough time to park and locate your guide. Questions and photos are welcomed throughout the tours. Be sure to tag us on social media you can find Talaysay Tours on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Safety: Talaysay Tours follow the current provincial Covid safety guidelines and best practices. We continue to practice 2 meter safe distancing and ask for guests support in maintaining safety guidelines. For your safety and the safety of our guides, we do not shake hands but will share our Salish greeting and farewell with you. If you have any symptoms, cold or flu, we ask you to join us at a later date. If you have any allergies, medical conditions or accessibility requirements we should know, please send us an email: admin@talaysay.com

Payment: We accept Visa and Mastercard. All tours will have 5% GST applied at time of payment. Payment is required to confirm your booking. Once payment is completed through the online booking system you will receive a full tour itinerary by email. 

Cancellations: All tours start on time. If guests are late and miss the tour there is no reimbursement. If weather is extreme with respect to rain or wind, The Talaysay team will consult and be in touch to reschedule your tour.

Individual walking tours require 48hrs cancellation notice, snowshoe tours 72hrs and group tours 10 days notice, and each have a 20% cancelation administration fee. Cancellations with less than the required notice are 100% non-refundable. 

Inquiries: 1-800-605-4643 (Toll Free) or 604-628-8555 (Vancouver line)

admin@talaysay.com Nicki McKee, Manager 

info@talaysay.com Candace Campo, Operator, Lead Guide & Teacher

Who are we: Indigenous society approaches life and decisions by evaluating how ones actions impacts 7 generations from now. Our message is Love The Land and our goal is to capacity build the next generation in business, tourism and education employment while we support culture revitalization, land based education and reclamation. Founded in 2002, Talaysay Tours is owned and operated by Candace and Larry Campo, Shíshálh (Sechelt) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation members. 

Nature with Haida is an associate company working in partnership with Talaysay Tours.

On behalf of our peoples, our Talaysay family, we ask and invite you to love the land. ?ulnumshchxw syaya (thank you friend)

BUS LOOP STANLEY PARK (in approximation to the Stanley Park Pavilion and the Stanley Park Mini Train)

Link to meeting location:  https://goo.gl/maps/5c73wszJSH62 

Your Forest Bathing Guide will arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time ready to greet you at the big cedar tree that is between the bus stop and parking lot.

BUS & TAXI

The #19 Stanley Park Translink bus will bring you directly into the park. Visit Translink.ca to plan your trip.

If you are arriving by Taxi below are the companies with permission to drop you off inside the park. Note, if you arrive with a different company, we recommend confirming they are able to drop you off at the meeting location. The park does not allow all companies to drop off within the park, and this can affect your ability to reach the tour on time. 

Taxi companies with permission to enter Stanley Park 

Vancouver Taxi 604-871-1111

Black Top Cabs 604-731-1111

Yellow Cabs      604-681-1111

Maclure’s Cab   604-831-1111 (wheel chair accessibility)

Maclure’s Cab   604-731-9211

Taylor Mckee is our forest guide here in Vancouver.  She is a UBCC student studying psychology and music.  Taylor is a settler of mixed Japanese, Ukraine, Irish, Scottish and Dutch descent who is passionate about mental wellness.  Leaning into her Japanese ancestry, Forest Bathing guide Taylor Mckee, is ready to welcome you to the newest Talaysay Tours experience.

Haida Bolton is our affliate guide who comes in and supports our programs.  Haida is a BC’s First Certified Forest Therapy Guide, will create a calming, nurturing experience as she “opens the door” to the medicine of the forest, inviting you to interact with nature in various meaningful and healing ways.  If you would like a tour on the Sunshine Coast, contact us and we will organize with Haida for you.

"Connected us to relations past and present"

I’ve had the pleasure of having Candace speak to several of the classes I teach now and each time I’m blown away. She is so deeply connected to the land and has such an amazing place specific, historical and present day knowledge of the area.

Candace always checks in to make sure that she is accommodating others and makes everyone feel welcomed and respected. She is also an incredible storyteller and these stories sit with me as true gifts. I have learned so much from these tours and can’t wait to have her back in class again. This tour should be required for all inhabitants of this land, deep thanks Candace for the amazing work that you do!

Laura P — TripAdvisor

Tour Locations

Stanley Park - 2.5 Hours
Group Tours Only

Meeting Location

Meet at Bus Loop 2, Stanley Park (at the interpretive sign), in between the parking lot and the bus loop station.  

Times

Afternoon: 1 pm – 3:30 pm or select a time that works best for your team.

Paid Parking is available, $3.25 per hr.

Please inform us of any allergies.

Additional Information

Excludes
  • Forest Therapy Walk Corporate Tour is a group rate.
  • Gratuities (optional for tour guide)
  • GST (tax)
Booking Details
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, please wear good walking shoes with adequate traction.
  • Water resistant and thermal clothing during the spring and fall is recommended.
  • Languages offered: English. When booked in advance, Japanese and Spanish.
  • Booking Confirmation Method: Instant Confirmation
  • Cut off time: 24 hours

Customer Service, Policies & Best Practices

We walk on light rainy days and encourage visitors to love our rain forest coast, just as the locals do. If weather is extreme with respect to rain or wind, we will consult and re-schedule. Cancellations with 48 hours advance notice will be reimbursed with a 20% admin fee. If you would like to reschedule for another day, our company will schedule you in. Groups of four or more, if cancelling with Talaysay, we require 7 days notice for reimbursement.

Payments, Taxes & Group Rates

We accept Visa and Mastercard. Your booking will be completed by your payment in full in which you will receive a full itinerary by email. 5% GST will be added to your booking payment.

For more information on our booking & rental policies, please call 1 (800) 605-4643.