Talking Trees and Salmon School Tour – Capilano River Hatchery

We will walk and hike along the guided trails and explore the various species of trees and plants while your guide points out the diversity of local plants that were harvested by our people for food, shelter, art and medicine.


Capilano River Hatchery, 4500 Capilano Park Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7R 4L3


feb / mar / apr / may / jun / sep / oct


1.5 Hours


20 to 24 per guide


  • Teacher and Chaperon are complimentary (2 per group of 20 students) additional parents or volunteers pay a student rate.
  • $22 per student


  • Cultural Ambassador Guide

What to Bring:

  • Walking shoes
  • Layered clothing
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch and or snacks are recommended.
  • Dress warm for the spring, fall and winter season. Toques, thermal clothing and socks.
  • In the summer, you are still in the tree canopy but layered clothing is recommended

Tour Overview

Capilano River is a special place and the watershed that has supported the lives of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and their neighbouring relatives for millennia.  Our people continue to fish and drink the waters to this day.

Local Talaysay guide and a trained Indigenous ambassador-educator will introduce the students to the forests, the cultural stories and shared practices of the indigenous ecological and spiritual perspectives that have sustained Coast Salish Indigenous people for generations.

  • This program shares indigenous practices of living, via sustainable and selective harvesting
  • Local history and ecology of the North Shore, the Capilano River
  • Salmon – The Cycle of Life. An emphasis on the salmon as a special resource to the local Indigenous People. Water as Life. Issues and the awareness of a shared responsibility to the protection of water.
  • Forest Meditation – The students will be invited to participate in a forest meditation
  • The Tree of Life – Cedar, it’s sacred gifts: medicine, technology, shelter, clothing, transportation
  • West Coast Temporal Rain Forest – an ultimate community network
  • The Land is Us and We are the Land – land management techniques, the social practices. Selective burning, the various forms for practiced agriculture, transplanting, pruning
  • Your class will learn about the maple tree, Douglas Fir tree, Red Alder tree, the Western Hemlock, and the many wild berries and plants of this region
  • Plants as medicine, frog leaves, plantain, horsetail – the forest is our grocery story and pharmacy
  • This program will highlight the significance of wild salmon and how it has supported the material and social development of  complex indigenous societies here on the Northwest Coast.

LOCATION:  Capilano Salmon Hatchery, 4500 Capilano Park, North Vancouver, BC v&R 4L3

"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

Cleveland Park - 1.5 Hours
Group Tours Only

The walk-hike includes some hills and stairs is considered moderate to intermediate with parts of the trail on uneven ground.

Meeting Location

Capilano River Hatchery, 4500 Capilano Park, North Vancouver, BC v&R 4L3.  Your guide will be standing in front of the main sign and building.


Morning: 10 am – 11:30 pm.  Optional hours are available when booked in advance.


Custom Times can be arranged in advance. This includes opportunities to stop, rest and discuss concepts. We take nutrition breaks, and encourage students to bring their lunch and a water bottle for a lunch break. We can plan a lunch or recess break (2.5 hrs of walking and hiking and 30 minutes for a snack, or lunch with stories).

Discount Student Rates

The discounted student rate (65%) is effective with 20 or more students. Teachers and Chaperons are complimentary. Max of two complimentary members.

In planning your land based learning activity with your class, we invite all teachers to inform us of any curriculum connections you would like to meet in our tour program. Discussion of these curriculum goals require advanced planning.

Additional Information

  • We have a school year rate of $22 per student (September to June)
  • This rate is for local public schools only.
  • To access the $22 per student, plus gst, rate, there must be a minimum of 20 students.  
  • Two Adults (teachers and or assistants are complimentary with 20+students.
  • Any additional adults above the two complimentary pay the same rate as the students.
  • GST is added 
Booking Details

Talaysay School Rates:  These rates are reserved for public and private secondary and elementary schools.  The $22 per student rate is approx. a 70% from our retail rate.  We only do select dates and recommend you book in advance.  Payments can be made on-line, via credit card.  Cheques will be accepted if provided 2 weeks prior to the tour.  

Talaysay Customer Service and policies: Teachers and Chaperons are complimentary. 2 per 20 students. Our tours and school programs proceed on rainy days. If weather is extreme with respect to severe rain or wind, we will contact you to re-schedule or cancel without cancellation penalty.

Medical: We ask the teachers to inform us in advance if there is any student or participants who requires an epi pen or if there are any participants with injuries or health matters that could affect their ability to experience our tour program in its full capacity.

Group Cancellation: 7 days or more are required for a refund; we will reimburse less a 20% administration fee.

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.