The word “Klahowya” means welcome, and each summer Aboriginal people from across British Columbia come together to build Klahowya Village in Stanley Park to welcome visitors from around the world, and share authentic Aboriginal experiences, traditions and culture.
This year, the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park will be opening to the public on June 21, National Aboriginal Day, and will remain open every day until September 2, 2013.
Set in the heart of Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park, Klahowya Village immerses visitors in British Columbia’s fascinating and thriving Aboriginal cultures. Travel through the forest on the Spirit Catcher miniature train and discover the Legend of the Spirit Bear, watch cultural performances, shop the Artisan Marketplace, sample First Nations fare and much more.
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Hours of Operation
Klahowya Village is open from June 21 to September 2, 2013, and its hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays.
The Spirit Catcher miniature train runs every day from 11 a.m. until the last train departs at closing time.
General admission to Klahowya Village is free and includes the Artisan Marketplace, storytelling and weekend performances.
Spirit Catcher miniature train tickets are only $5 per person. Children under 2 ride the train for free.
Spirit Catcher Miniature Train
Travel through the lush forest of Stanley Park on the Spirit Catcher miniature train and learn the Legend of the Spirit Bear. The story is acted out live by Aboriginal youth in outfits themed with the legends of the animals.
Visit the Artisan Marketplace and Métis Trading Post for handcrafted and authentic First Nations and Métis jewelry and art that make perfect souvenirs of your experiences at Klahowya Village. On weekends, watch the artisans as they give live demonstrations of their timeworn crafts.
Group tours are led by a cultural tour guide and begin with a traditional welcome song and introduction. From there, learn about traditional foods, medicine, mythology and music on a guided tour. You'll also get to try your hand at traditional crafts, see a live cultural performance and sample Aboriginal cuisine. Tours are designed for groups of 20 or more and can customized for any group. More info.
Klahowya Village is located right at the miniature train plaza in Vancouver’s Stanley Park – just north of the Stanley Park Pavilion and west of the Vancouver Aquarium.
Parking is available just outside the west entrance of Klahowya Village.
Please note that all parking in Stanley Park is pay parking.
If you are traveling by public transportation, the #19 bus ends it route right at the west entrance to Klahowya Village.