Many travellers assume they need to venture to the traditional territory of Indigenous communities in order to witness their grand celebrations. While that is often the case for potlatch ceremonies, pow-wows and other festivities, one distinct annual gathering takes place in Vancouver, and all are welcome. Hobiyee (pronounced ho-bee-yeah) commemorates the Nisga’a Nation’s lunar new year and sparks… Read more »
Fall in Canada is about the land. That is especially so in the interior of British Columbia, where harvest season provides a bounty of food, wine, and cultural experiences that centre on nature and our environment. Not surprisingly, the Indigenous communities of the region provide outstanding ways to enjoy autumn while also helping their guests… Read more »
One of the best ways to have an unforgettable vacation experience is to load it up with welcoming people who are keen to share their knowledge and insights of the places they call home. When it comes to warm hosts, the men and women from Indigenous communities around British Columbia are experts. For them, whales,… Read more »
You don’t have to rely on mainstream brand names for your luxury vacations. A wealth of Indigenous experiences exist in British Columbia that give you all you desire from a sophisticated getaway — and the added benefit of an education in culture and nature. Here are five vacation properties — all operated by members of… Read more »
Many travellers head to Vancouver Island’s west coast to explore the rainforest and enjoy Pacific Ocean thrills, but the eastern shore of the island offers sublime relaxation and outstanding opportunities for adventure as well. Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia recently filmed a series based on Nootka Island, located north of Tofino. Similar experiences can also be… Read more »
In the 1800s, European settlers went up the river to Gitanmaax, where the Gitxsan people lived nestled in their village between the junction of the Skeena and Bulkley rivers. After arriving with their goods, the Europeans returned to the mainland with a bounty of fur to sell and trade, and tales of gold to share…. Read more »
Lurking beneath the calm waters of the Fraser River on Canada’s west coast are prehistoric monsters, juggernauts from a bygone era. And their history is entwined with the people who have called this part of the world home long before anyone else arrived. When we think of historic and ageless wonders, Egypt’s pyramids and the… Read more »
A wild, sea-swept archipelago (or group of islands) on the north coast of British Columbia, Haida Gwaii is renowned for its natural beauty, rich marine life, and unique First Nations culture, and artistry. Canada’s most famous archipelago, Xhaaidlagha Gwaayaai, the mystical “Islands at the Edge of the World” in the language of its early inhabitants,… Read more »
Two-hundred and forty years have passed and now they’re coming again. Captain James Cook’s arrival on Nootka Island, home of the Nuu-chah-nulth nation, in 1778 marked the first known visit by westerners to Yuquot, a minuscule and charming outpost in the Pacific northwest that has played a big role in history.
Aboriginal tour operators and businesses in the welcoming communities in northern Vancouver Island open their homes to guests who arrive wanting to know more about First Nations cultures, and how their history and present are connected with the environment.