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“pleasant small park with totem poles”
Review of Thunderbird Park

Thunderbird Park
Ranked #26 of 139 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 29, 2015

In downtown Victoria, very close to the inner harbor and the Empress Hotel, and right next to the Royal BC Museum, this park boasts beautiful totem poles from the Haida, Gitxsan and Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations, and Mungo Martin House (a traditional First Nations Big House). Each pole tells a story / represents something meaningful. During summer months you might get to see First Nation artists carve and paint totem poles. If you are in the area and have any interest at all in cultural sites, especially aboriginal / Coast Salish First Nations culture, make sure to stop here! You can learn more by visiting the museum next door (where there are more totem poles).

Thank SandraChameleon
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Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

It's not big and it's very close to a busy intersection, but we had a blast. The kids (2 &4) were fascinated with the different totem poles and ran back and forth, hugging them and talking to them for easily half an hour. The real deals are inside the museum but little kids are definitely better suited for replicas. Even if you plan to visit the museum, the park is still a must.

Thank mamacroc
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Reviewed April 10, 2015

Walking from the Inner Harbour toward Beacon Hill Park, we stopped at Thunderbird Park. More lovely flowers, and many great totems, up close and personal.
The park has been here since the 1940's as a site to preserve disappearing First Nation art. The park also contains the Mungo Martin House, a traditional native Big House. What treasures to stroll among.

Thank Alberta S
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Reviewed March 21, 2015

We love walking through this little park located in the downtown area. You can enjoy the sites ( sit at park benches on Museum side) or walk along the local streets to see the sites & sounds. The totem poles are the best part of the mini park.

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Reviewed January 10, 2015

We walked by Thunderbird Park several times during our visit to Victoria over Canada Day weekend as we walked to and from our hotel, the Helms Inn. The park is located next to the Royal BC Museum across the street from the Empress Hotel garden area. There are ten or twelve totem poles in the park. The totems are very interesting and provide a glimpse of a part of the history of the BC peninsula.

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