Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. Totem Poles have always fascinated me, so it was a real treat to see these in the park. A huge windstorm devastated the park in 2006 and the poles were rebuilt by talented carvers of the Squamish Nation. They are carved from western red cedar and each tell a story of a real or mythical event. Totem poles are not idols nor are they worshipped. I stood in front of them for a long time.