Whale Fest

Klahowya Village 

Discover the legend of the Spirit Bear, sample Aboriginal food and watch dancers and artisans celebrate their First Nations culture in the heart of beautiful Stanley Park in Vancouver - all summer long.  

Whale Fest


June 21 - Sept. 1, 2015


Travel through the forest on the Spirit Catcher miniature train and discover the Journey of the Salmon. Shop the Artisan Marketplace for First Nations and Métis art, jewellery and more. Watch live cultural performances on every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday.

Klahowya Village, offers a wide range of activities to keep children and adults entertained. 

All activities are free, except for the craft workshop, which costs $7 and includes a take-away bracelet. Children can also purchase a $5 colouring book, which includes a page for each station and a section that can be stamped for each activity completed.

Schedule of events

11 a.m. - Watch the opening prayer/song, followed by a meet and greet with First Nations participants  

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Workshops run on weekdays, and stay open an hour later on weekends. Activities run every 15 minutes and cycle between a craft workshop, a weaving demo, a storytelling station, artisan demos, and drumming/singing lessons.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Artisan booths are set up, selling traditional Aboriginal jewelry and paintings. There’s also a food truck featuring fusion traditional cuisine - Aboriginal food with a twist - such as bannock and salmon.

Spirit Catcher Miniature Train  Take a relaxing 15-minute ride through Stanley Park’s green spaces. As the train leaves its station in front of the Village, a narrator over the speakers tells the legend of the Spirit Bear.


  • Free admission to Klahowya Village daily.
  • $5 for the 15 minute Spirit Catcher Miniature Train ride

More information

Group of 20 or more can book tours and experience authentic aboriginal experiences such as traditional foods, mythology and medicine. Click here for more information. 

Getting there

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: All parking in Stanley Park is pay parking.

If you are travelling by public transportation, the #19 bus ends it route right at the west entrance to Klahowya Village.

For more details, go to the official Klayhowya Village website. 

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