For even more Bill Reid, look for the artist’s Orca sculpture, Chief of the Undersea World, outside the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. Also in the park are the much-visited totem poles and cedar gateways at Brockton Point. The nine poles and three gateways were carved by artists from the Haida, Squamish, Coast Salish and other First Nations bands. An on-site interpretive centre provides historic details.
As you stroll along the Stanley Park Seawall, watch for Siwash Rock just north of Third Beach. This 32-million-year-old sea stack is the focus of a Squamish legend about a young man immortalized in stone. At nearby Ferguson Point stands a memorial to Pauline Johnson, an Aboriginal poet who recorded many local legends. Just outside the park at English Bay have your picture taken with the Inukshuk, an Inuit-inspired memento to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
In summer, enjoy a sensory cultural experience at Stanley Park’s Klahowya Village. Watch artisans at work, sample Aboriginal cuisine and see cultural performances. Then ride the Spirit Catcher Miniature Train through the forest to learn more about BC’s Aboriginal history and culture.