We took the seawall path down to Stanley Park. The park is home to the aquarium, forest and wildlife, gardens, art installations, the rowing and yacht club, tennis courts (where we briefly watched extremely high level junior tennis), playgrounds (which of course we visited) and has all sorts of things going on.
I wish I had brought some of my breakfast down to share with the geese and ducks in the lagoon although Mum said that it is not encouraged as they are all wild and should be left that way.
We were heading towards the aquarium when we chanced upon the Klahowya village which is here until September.
Klahowya means “Welcome” in Chinook and the village is a collaboration between the Musqueam Nation, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation tribes.
The dance show was performed mostly by the kids. The girls danced in a circle holding their hands out to show respect, the boys danced low to the ground holding their arms straight out reaching to the four corners of the world.
Their costumes had wooden sticks all over them so when they jumped they sounded like giant maracas. Of course I wanted to join in so they showed me some moves. I cried when the show was over because I wanted to dance some more.
Some of their songs and dances are so sacred that they don’t perform them in public. They did teach us their special family song though. They sing this song when they are canoeing down the river so that other tribes know it is them coming and not a warring party.
On the minature train ride we learnt about the story of the Sasquatch. At each turn we saw more of the story.
A ticket for the minature train buys as many times around as you feel like in a day. Needless to say, we went around more than once.
Just because Rafa liked it so much, of course.