Most of the time when you’re on vacation, your hotel room is just where you keep your clothes, toiletries, and lay your head at the end of the day. Unless you’re staying in some fabulous and swanky luxury palace, most hotel rooms are unremarkable. Pretty much every regular hotel room looks like every other regular hotel room whether you’re in Cleveland, Cancun or Las Vegas.

But, when you stay at an Indigenous-owned hotel, lodge or B&B in British Columbia, your accommodation actually becomes part of an unforgettable experience as you become immersed in a vastly fascinating culture. Why stay in the same old room when you could be sleeping in a comfy eco-yurt, cabin, or Indigenous art-filled room being lulled to sleep by the tones of the ocean?

It’s more than just interesting Indigenous-themed accommodations. You also get to experience authentic Indigenous hospitality and get a glimpse at the legends, lifestyle, and culture of Canada’s First peoples. Here are our top 5 reasons to stay in an Indigenous-owned hotel, lodge or B&B in British Columbia:

Local Cultural Knowledge

Your hosts will be able to tell you the history of the surrounding area and its ancient myths, helping you to connect to a place like never before.

Unique Photography Tips

Your hosts will tell you stories of the local culture and wildlife and show you the best places to snap a local cultural photo or a wildlife picture or scenic nature shot.

Authentic Cultural Experiences

Many Indigenous-owned hotels also pair with or offer personalized and authentic Indigenous guiding services, allowing you to further explore their heritage and lifestyle while on an unforgettable adventure.

“It’s calming, it’s relaxing,” says Mowatt, who helps visitors understand her community, answering questions they have about the ancestral ties that link the past to the present.

“My generation has a huge responsibility to keep the culture and the traditions alive,” she adds.

Amazing Indigenous Cuisine

Foodies will appreciate getting the chance to sample Indigenous-inspired cuisine like bannock or salmon prepared in a variety of traditional ways.

Support Local Culture

Staying in Indigenous-owned accommodation also means you’re supporting a local entrepreneur, the community, and sharing in not only the Indigenous hospitality, but also the vibrant First Nations cultures and traditions.

Sleep in a teepee under the stars at St Eugene Resort & Casino

Sleep in a teepee under the stars



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