As of Aboriginal Day (June 21), Klahowya Village in Stanley Park is again open to visitors. It's one of the many free attractions in the park, and a perfect chance to experience more of the local First Nations culture.
I visited the park on June 24, and was delighted by the cultural performances, chatty artisans, and the story-based miniature train ride.
It's best to visit Fridays through Sundays, when children and elders give cultural performances. Depending on the day, people from the Squamish, Musqueam, or Tsleil-Waututh nations perform songs and dances. There are also kid-oriented puppet shows, storytelling sessions, and artisan stalls.
Visiting Klahowya Village and seeing the performances is free, but there is a charge to ride the miniature train ($10 adults, $8 children and seniors). The train ride follows a winding track through the forest, telling a traditional tale while actors portray the various characters. It's a fun but not flashy ride -- ideal for kids but still interesting for adults.
The Essential Details
- Address: Off Pipeline Road -- follow park signs for the "Miniature Train"
- Dates: June 21 to Sept. 3, 2012
- Hours: Mon-Thurs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fri-Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Cost: Free admission to Klahowya Village; miniature train ride $10 adults, $8 children and seniors
- Parking: Pay parking available ($3/hour or $10/day for cars)
- Transit: Bus No. 19
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