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Talaysay Tours offers locals and tourists an authentic Aboriginal cultural tourism experience. I signed up for the Talking Trees Tour, a 2-km (1.2-mi) walk taking you through the cultural and ecological wonder of Vancouver‘s Stanley Park. Since it is filled with Coast Salish lore, ancient knowledge and history, the tour was a rich experience that opened my eyes to one of North America’s most celebrated parks.
I met my wonderful guide, Candace at the Stanley Park bus loop and we started on our path. Trained as an anthropologist and school teacher, Candace dove right into sharing stories of the region and had the most intimate knowledge of the plants and trees that surrounded us. Each plant I learned has a purpose, with many of them having medicinal qualities or a specific role in nature.
We went through the trails at a steady pace and made frequent stops for Candace to explain the surrounding plants and trees around us and share stories involving them and her culture. For example, I learned that the plantain plant can be used for antiseptic purposes and that yarrow can be used to promote blood clotting.
We took a took a pause at Beaver Lake, a beautiful staple of the park that’s slowly been shrinking over the decades and may eventually become a swamp if not intervened.
We continued on a loop back to where we started and shared a powerful moment where Candace pointed out a bench and suggested we sit in silence for a moment. Sitting and taking in the sights and sounds of our surroundings that I’m usually too rushed to notice was invigorating.
Candace notes that she wants to, “leave our clients with the deep connection and the intricate understanding and relationship we have with the forest: the trees, plants, wildlife and people are interconnected.” Spending that hour and a half connecting with nature was a wonderful and energizing way to start my morning off. Sometimes the best medicine for our soul is right in our backyard.
If you are interested in a tour, head over to the Talaysay Tours website for more information.
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