Talaysays Talking Trees – Student Program (Local K to Grade 12 Only)

Indigenous Coast Salish societies had lived in Stanley Park and Vancouver for millennia, practicing sustainability living through an intimate practice and connection to the land. This school tour includes Coast Salish cultural stories and or songs.


Vancouver, Stanley Park


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


1.5 Hours


20 Students per 1 guide.


  • 2 adults per group of 20 students are complimentary. Additional adults pay same rate as students.
  • $22.00 per student


  • Cultural Ambassador Guides

What to Bring:

  • Walking shoes
  • Layered clothing. Adequate thermal clothing in fall and winter.
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks

Tour Overview

This is a walking tour in Stanley Park. Your Talaysay guide-instructor will take you on a forest walk and teach the rich stories and history of the land while you learn how the trees and plants are used by indigenous people for food, medicine, and technology.  Learn to identify a variety of indigenous plants and tree species so when you venture into the forest you too will know what is edible, medicinal, and adaptable for technology.   Emphasis on Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Sustainable Practices and Ecology, and good stories.

Date of Tour:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Scheduled Start Time:  10:00 am   End Time:  11:30 am    Duration:  1.5 hrs

Custom Times are available when planned in advance.  We can do a program no later than 10:30 am for our morning class.  We can also do a 9:30 am start time.  This allows us to schedule afternoon sessions.  We can do afternoon programs as late as 1:30 pm.

Includes:  Guide-Ambassador-Instructor.  Sometimes we have a co-guide, a trainer, and or a trainee. The tour is rich with Indigenous stories and interpretations.  Students have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions during the tour and or in the last 15 minutes of the tour.

Meeting Location:  Bus Loop (in approximation to the Stanley Park Pavilion and the Stanley Park Mini Train) – Stanley Park.

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

We ask our guests to provide themselves with enough time to park and locate your guide.  We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to the tour as all of our scheduled tours start promptly.

Our guide will be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour start waiting at Interpretive Sign and Red Cedar Tree that is situated between the Gazebo and the Parking Lot

What to bring:  A water bottle, dress for the weather.  Layered clothing and dress for the weather.  Good walking shoes with traction.

Talaysay Policies:  All tours start on time.  If guests are late and miss the tour there is no reimbursement.  Based on availability, we will work to schedule you for another date and time.  Are group tours are required to provide 10 days’ notice to cancel to receive partial reimbursement of 80%.  20% is held for administration.  Any tours canceled after 10 days will not be reimbursed.

Student Rate with 20 or more participants:  $22.00 pp plus GST (This Rate is for Local Schools: K to 12 Students Only).

Payment is done online via Credit Card:  https://www.aboriginalecotours.com/tours/community/talking-trees-tour-student-indigenous-walk-in-stanley-park-k-12-i

With 20+ students, 2 teachers or adult volunteers are complimentary.  If there are less than 20 students, the base rate remains $440 plus GST $22.00.  Total:  $462.00

Inquiries:  Please email admin@talaysay.com or info@talaysay.com and or contact us at 1-800-605-4643 (Toll-Free) or 604-628-8555 (Vancouver line)

Nicki MacKee – Manager – admin@talaysay.com
Candace Campo – Operator Lead Guide and Teacher
Talaysay Tours – Authentic Cultural Experiences & Aboriginal Eco Tours
www.aboriginalecotours.com (on-line booking)

Download this information in a PDF sheet here.

"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 - 1.5 Hours

Meeting Location

Meet in front of Bus Loop 2, Stanley Park (At the Interpretive Sign) Map. Your access our site via Pipelane Road by vehicle. Our location is the the same parking lot that is used for the mini train.


Morning: 9:30am – 11am, or 10am – 11:30am

Afternoon: 1pm – 2:30pm

Please note: custom times can be arranged when booking well in advance.

Discount Student Rates

The discounted student rate (60%) 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.


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

  • Please contact us in advance to discuss curriculum connections and goals of your tour.
  • Our Group Rate of $280 per each group of 10 students.  If you have 20 students, inform us and we will secure a second guide.  
  • GST (tax) will be added to all bookings.  
Booking Details

Talaysay School Rates:  These rates are reserved for public and private secondary and elementary schools only.  The NEW group rate is $280 per each group of 10 students.   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.  In Summer peak season $30.00 is the student rate.  

Talaysay Customer Service and policies: Our tours and school programs proceed on rainy days. If weather is extreme with respect to severe rain, wind or snow, 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.