The Stanley Park Totem Poles are the most visited in the Vancouver region with colourful designs interpreted for visitors.
On the far eastern portion of Stanley Park on the narrow peninsula near Brockton Point is the location of the most visited tourist attraction in British Columbia, the Stanley Park Totem Poles.
In the 1920s the Park Commission introduced the idea of installing a native village to celebrate the heritage of Stanley Park. Totem poles have for many years represented Native West Coast tribes as spiritual and identifying markers of beliefs and stories passed from generation to generation and were therefore commissioned for the site.
Eight colourfully decorated totem poles (in a rich variety of black, yellows, reds, browns, greens and blues) adorn the area which is separated from the public by a water feature. On the rocks in front of the poles, the stories and breakdown of the local animals and paintings are noted on plaques to educate visitors to the site.
Many of the poles were originally carved over one hundred years ago, some, due to weathering have been replaced through work done by local artisans or by donation. Recent additions such as archways and other features have been constructed in 2008, continuing to add to the allure of this site.
A nearby interpretation centre including a gift shop, refreshment stands and a seating area was built in 2001 to accommodate signage and represent the native culture of the region.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Totem PolesBrockton Point at the narrow point between the North and South side
Click the brown GEMS on the map to navigate to the other activities within this region