The Centennial Totem Pole was carved by Mungo Martin with his son David and nephew Henry Hunt. It is 100 feet (30.5 meters) high, representing one foot for each year of the province’s colonial history to 1958.
It displays ten crests of the Kwakiutl clans. Each crest represents the clan's mythical ancestor, often shown in animal form before becoming men.
The totem pole is replica of an original in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, England, and was commissioned by the Province of BC that was presented to Queen Elizabeth.
Conservation work performed on the totem pole
The Centennial Totem Pole received extensive maintenance in 1986 and has had its condition monitored since.
Since 1966, the following conservation work had been performed on the totem pole.
||A conservator completes an assessment of the condition of the pole's hat, the large wooden hat on top of the pole. It was removed because it was detoriating and concerns for people's safety. It is now stored at the Museum of Vancouver.
||Vancouver Parks completes a radar scan of pole to determine the level of deterioration of the first three feet of the pole.
||The base of the pole is treated to stop rot from forming, fungal damage, and an insect infestation.
||A drilling inspection is completed to evaluate visible areas of rot.
||City staff coordinate an ownership and condition report that determines that the City of Vancouver is responsible for the pole.
A structural engineer confirms the presence of enough solid wood for the pole to meet the requirements of the Vancouver Building Code bylaw.
||An extensive maintenance of the pole is completed for the City Centennial.
||Surfaces of the pole are repainted.