The Drum: Heartbeat of our Indigenous Cultures

Drums can mimic speech, issue battle orders, maintain rhythm in a jazz performance, or invite friends to gather. They can be made of natural or synthetic materials and take a form as simple as a hollowed-out log or as flashy as a glittery red snare in a 16-piece kit. The drum is one of the… Read more »

Share a memorable Indigenous cultural experience with your family and friends: Explore the Powwow Trail

You’re Invited Powwows are open to everybody. Historically, these Indigenous cultural celebrations of unity allowed all nations to come together, share culture, and build relationships. Sit back and enjoy the hospitality and opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture. You are now on Turtle Island. Get to Know Your Hosts The powwow committee and host community… Read more »

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21

The Summer Solstice (June 21) is a significant day everywhere, celebrated by various cultures around the world for countless centuries. It is usually the longest day of the year, corresponding to the end of spring and the glorious beginning of the summer season. In many places, the day is recognized with festivals, holidays and rituals… Read more »

Where weddings marry with Culture in BC

For most couples who want to get married in British Columbia, the ideal location for a wedding is one that features nature as a primary component. At an Indigenous-owned venue, nuptials are certain to be grounded in an environment with deep spirituality and strong ties to the land. These six destinations offer wedding experiences that… Read more »

Hobiyee festival brightens Vancouver

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 »

Richness of fall travel to the BC Interior

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 »

10 unique places to stay in British Columbia

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 »

Golf, spa and relax in Aboriginal B.C.

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 »

Indigenous charms of Vancouver Island

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 northern BC, learn about the Gitxsan

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 »