Indigenous Tourism

Indigenous Tours & Tourism, Where tradition & modern world meet up and where it all started many moons ago!

 

 

The Indigenous Culture, History and Natural Living is something to sherish and to share, to explore and to experience and, to Respect!

Storytelling and passing ancient wisdom is one of the many things we strongly advice you to explore. As the province of British Columbia has the most linguistic First Nations languages in Canada, about 34 languages with over 60 dialects, that are all part of 200 distinct First Nations. For more First Nation language related information please click here

Whether you use the term Aboriginal, Indigenous, Native or First Nations, it all is OK, because, they are all of it!

 

First nations

Let us connect you with the BC’s Indigenous People. Get Cultured!

Be a part of the story that they have been telling since time immemorial.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of BC’s Indigenous people in one of the most beautiful settings on earth. Their Culture and Traditions and the aw-inspiring landscapes are waiting for you to explore!

Our goal is to support Indigenous Tourism and we focus mainly on the  following six regions where we try to share First Nations information, services and facilities related to their history, culture & tradition, spirituality and story-telling.

 

Haida Gwai

 

Vancouver Coast & Mountains;

This is the most populated region of the province of BC, Canada, with stunning geography ranging from oceans to mountains, and includes temperate rainforest, alpine peaks, lakes, fjords and fertile valley delta lands.

The Coast Salish, one of the largest First Nations in the province, inhabits the entire region. Amongst the Coast Salish are the Musqueam, the Squamish, the Lil’wat, the Stó:Lõ and the  Tsleil-Waututh   Nations. Throughout the region you can share their culture through interpretive centres, performance spaces, gift & art shops, guided interpretive tours on water and land, workshops, and festivals.

 

Vancouver Island;

The largest off the Pacific Coast of Continental North America. Vancouver Island is nine times larger than Long Island, New York, and larger than many European and Asian Countries.

on the Island you can experience whale watching, visit cultural centres, go skiing, surfing, kayaking and hike through virgin rainforest. Before there were cities, wineries and golf courses in this area of BC, there were First Nations villages. The Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw lived in areas where the ocean provided them with all the food our ancestors could eat and the mild climate of the temperate rainforest meant that edible plants provided harvest throughout much of the year.

The food came to them, eliminating the need to migrate to follow herds, so their houses were large permanent structures, often facing outward to the ocean, the food source and avenue of transportation. This ease of survival ensured the people had enough leisure timeto developrichly complex art forms. Today, the First Nations people of Vancouver Island tell their stories through cultural presentations, art, adventure experiences and interpretive centres.

Please make sure to visit the Roy Henry Vickers Gallery in Tofino!

Northern British Columbia;

Northern BC comprises more than half the entire province. At apprximately 500.000 square kilometres, it is larger thatn California or Japan and twice the size of the United Kingdom.

The region is home to many First Nations including the Haida, Tsimshian, Nisga’a, Kaska, Gitxsan, Dene Thah, Dunne-za, Carrier Sekani and the Tlingit people. The monumental totem poles that have become famous throughout the world originate in the northwest coast region of Northern BC.

Northern BC has a host of wonderful experiences to offer visitors to this area, from inns and resorts to guiding services, fishing lodges and adventur tours, as well as art galleries, museums, cultural centres and hsitorical villages.

 

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast;

This region of BC, which takes part of its name from the indigenous peoples that live here, spans latitudinally across the lower middle of the province, from the fjord-like coastline through lush rainforests to arid mountain peaks and deep canyons.

In the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of BC you will find small populations of people, sparsly dispersed in a vast landscape. The Tsilhqot’in (also called the Chilcotin) people are the most southern of the Athapascan-speaking Aboriginal people in British Columbia. When translated Tsilhqot’in means “river people”. Their traditional territory is the high altitude Chilcotin Plateau where they occupy the rivers. Along the coast are people of the Kwakwakaw’akw, the Nuxalk people of Bella Coola and Coast Salish Nations and, furtehr to the interior is the historical territory of the Northern Secwepemc, part of the  Salish peoples.

Visitors can experience a wide array of travel and cultural experiences in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast.

 

Thomson Okanagan;

This region has semi-arid deserts, vast wilderness parks, and some of the most fertile farmland in the province. There are mountains, meadows, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, rolling hills, and thick forests.

The Indigenous peoples of this area are the Nlaka’pamux, Okanagan and Secwepemc nations, each with distinct cultures and traditions. The Nlaka’pamux are known for expressing the landscape of their homeland, theor dreams, and their experience through their clothing, face-painting, and jewelry. The Secwepemc people carry forward their knowledgeof plants for food qnd medicine and tools. The Okanagan First Nations lived in harmony with the land, and now educate others through the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in the southern Okanagan.

 

Kootenay Rockies;

Located in the southeastern corner of the province,the kootenay Rockies region of BC embraces five different mountain ranges, including the western ranges of the Canadian Rockies, creating breathtaking vistas and river valleys and providing a world-class outdoor playground.

This is the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Nation, also known as the Kootenay (or Kootenai in the US). Shared lands, a rich cultural heritage, and a language so unique that it is not linked to any other in the world, make the Ktunaxa First Nation distinctive.

 

Indigenous people play an important role in the Canadian Tourism Industry. Think of:

Cultural Tours & Centres, Outdoor & Wildlife Viewing &Adventures, Restaurants, Bistros, Cafés, Wineries, Accommodation, Hotels, Lodges, Cabins,RV Parks, Camping, Art Galleries, Museums, Gift shops, Fishing & Golfing.