Virtual tour panorama showing the Totem Pole in Valley Gardens near the southern edge of Windsor Great Park. Image taken late one afternoon in mid April 2011.
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Within the Valley Gardens in Windsor Great Park is a Totem Pole that was imported from British Columbia in Canada. The pole stands next to Wicks Pond and Virginia Water. At the base of the pole is a placard which states:
The 100 foot high Totem Pole was erected here in 1958, to mark the centenary of the establishment of British Columbia as a Crown Colony. It was carved from a single 600 year old log of Western Red Cedar taken from the forests of Queen Charlotte Islands, which lie 500 miles (800km) to the north of Vancouver. A delegation of Kwakiutls, the original carvers, returned in July 1985 to refresh the paintwork.
The figures on the Totem Pole, from the base up, depict Cedar Man, Halibut Man, Sisiutl (a mythical creature), whale, raven, sea otter, thunderbird, old man, beaver and man with large hat.
Car: There are car parks at the northern edge of Valley Gardens as well as along the southern edge of Virginia Water.
Flight: Heathrow Airport, 12 miles east of Windsor.
Road: Windsor is close to junction 6 of the M4, about 30 miles west of central London and 8 miles from the M25.
Train: Windsor & Eton Central Rail Station, Windsor & Eton Riverside Rail Station.