IMPAC5 2023

February 3-9, 2023
Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building
Destination Vancouver welcomes delegates attending IMPAC5

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Indigenous Tourism BC welcomes everyone attending the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress.

From 3-9 February 2023, Vancouver looks forward to hosting thousands of attendees during this global forum focused on protecting the worlds oceans.

IMPAC5 will be jointly hosted by the Host First Nations—xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Swx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh)—together with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the IUCN.

Please use this site to explore opportunities to experience authentic Indigenous experiences in British Columbia.

For more information on IMPAC5, please visit: www.IMPAC5.ca

With 203 Indigenous communities and more than 30 Indigenous languages, British Columbia’s six diverse and beautiful regions offer extensive authentic Indigenous experiences. Connect with the people and languages that have spoken the land, collected the knowledge, and passed the stories of Indigenous BC for thousands upon thousands of years.

 

A vibrant Pacific port since time immemorial and home to the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh people.

Enjoy Vancouver’s celebrated nature and culture from an Indigenous perspective. Exceptional dining and engaging experiences in all directions.

Vancouver Experiences

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Klahoose Wilderness Resort

wildlife tours, paddling, cabins & cottages, resorts & wilderness lodges, indigenous culture

wildlife tours, paddling, cabins & cottages, resorts & wilderness lodges, indigenous culture

Welcome to Klahoose Wilderness Resort, an exceptional Indigenous cultural experience nestled in the heart of British Columbia's breathtaking Desolation Sound. As a proud, 100% Indigenous-owned eco-resort, we offer a unique and off-the-grid escape for those seeking an authentic wilderness adventure. Our resort specializes in crafting unforgettable 3 to 4-night all-inclusive packages, including spring bear tours, grizzly bear viewing during the fall salmon run, and cultural and wildlife experiences throughout the seasons. Nestled between the majestic Coast Mountain peaks of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast and the Northern Islands of the Salish Sea, our resort sits along Homfray Channel. Upon your arrival, you'll be warmly welcomed with a traditional Klahoose greeting on the lodge's verandah. As you take in the breathtaking surroundings, your worries will vanish amidst the calls of osprey, the sight of Orca whales gracing the waters, and the soothing ocean breeze wafting through the conifer forest. At Klahoose Wilderness Resort, we offer an intimate and worry-free experience suitable for families, couples, and solo travelers eager to immerse themselves in one of the planet's most biodiverse ecosystems. Your days here will be filled with transformative adventures, from witnessing Grizzly bears fishing for salmon to kayaking alongside playful porpoises and embarking on forest hikes through ancient western red cedar groves. Surprisingly accessible despite its seclusion, Klahoose Wilderness Resort welcomes guests from Vancouver, Seattle, Vancouver Island, and beyond. You can choose to travel by air (just a 35-minute scheduled flight from Vancouver to Powell River, or a 1-hour charter seaplane directly to our dock), by car and ferry (a scenic half-day drive), or by boat (a quick 45-minute trip from Lund to the Resort) to reach our convenient shuttle departure sites in Lund on the Sunshine Coast or Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Desolation Sound has earned its nickname as the "Serengeti of North America" due to its abundant marine and terrestrial wildlife. Orca and humpback whales, porpoises, harbor seals, and dolphins can be spotted year-round. A myriad of avian species, including bald eagles, osprey, and great blue herons, call this region home. The indigenous tradition and guest experience both revolve around the local bounty of clams, oysters, crab, prawns, and all five salmon species. The inlets of Desolation Sound are renowned for hosting one of the world's most robust grizzly bear populations. The Klahoose First Nation also operates grizzly bear viewing tours, offering guests the opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, located just 45 minutes by boat from the resort in remote Toba Inlet. Natural exploration forms the cornerstone of our activities at the resort. Indigenous guides lead guests on immersive nature and cultural excursions in one of the largest temperate rainforests on Earth and Klahoose nation territory. Water enthusiasts can enjoy the warm, calm ocean waters with activities such as sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and invigorating swims. Plus, there's a serene woodfire sauna perched on a floating dock overlooking the ocean and mountains. Our resort caters to travelers of all ages and interests. The Lodge at Klahoose Wilderness Resort, a stunning 6,100-square foot timber structure crafted from local cedar, provides an intimate and tranquil environment. The main lodge boasts four spacious guest rooms, and we offer three separate cedar cabins, accommodating an average of 14 guests with a maximum capacity of 22. It's an ideal destination for private groups, multi-generational family getaways, or special occasions. Each guest room and cabin is adorned with indigenous artwork from surrounding coastal communities, and the common spaces offer breathtaking vistas of Desolation Sound. Guests come together for morning coffee and, after another remarkable day, gather for evening cocktails on the wraparound deck, where the setting sun bathes the Homfray Channel in a warm, golden glow. In Desolation Sound, each morning welcomes you to the diverse and vibrant wildlife foraging, nesting, and exploring their pristine habitat. For a few precious days from mid-August to mid-October, you're invited to join us in this sublime environment to observe grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Klahoose Wilderness Resort is also proud to operate off the grid, generating its own hydro power, and has been honored with a prestigious sustainability certification. At Klahoose Wilderness Resort, we offer a sanctuary where the days are filled with tranquility, the voices of nature, ancient forests, and rich indigenous culture. From the moment we welcome you to our home, we take care of every detail, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Powell River

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Tuckkwiowhum Village

attractions, indigenous culture

attractions, indigenous culture

Tuckkwiowhum Village (pronounced Tuck-wee-ohm) is a First Nations heritage site located in Nlakapamux territory, 5 km south of Boston Bar, British Columbia. Tuckkwiowhum Village was inspired by our desire to preserve and share the culture and traditions of the Nlakapamux people. The name Tuckkwiowhum means a great berry picking place and this area still boasts lush forests and beautiful rolling hills still plentiful with huckleberries, blueberries, and medicinal plants. Enjoy an historical adventure in BC's Fraser Canyon where you will be immersed in our rich culture. See the summer lodges, smoke house, food caches, sweat lodge, earth ovens and a winter pit house. Come to the village and just as it was thousands of years ago, you can visit with one of our respected Elders, who are happy to share our traditional stories. Enjoy a unique Tipi camping experience or enjoy a peaceful getaway in our campsite area. Our longhouse can also be rented for weddings & other special events!

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Boston Bar

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Thunderbird Café

dining & culinary tours, indigenous culture

dining & culinary tours, indigenous culture

Visit The Thunderbird Café, we nourish our daily visitors with a deliciously unique style of modern First Nations cuisine. Discover our boutique menu selection of affordable daily specials made with fresh local ingredients. 

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

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Ravens Brewing Company

breweries, distilleries & cideries

breweries, distilleries & cideries

At Ravens Brewing we strive to make sure everyone is welcome. A great list of core and rotating beers are always available. Stop in and grab a flight and a growler fill.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Abbotsford

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Bill Reid Gallery Of Northwest Coast Art

indigenous culture, art galleries

indigenous culture, art galleries

The Bill Reid Gallery is the only public Gallery in Canada dedicated to contemporary Indigenous Northwest Coast Art and honours Bill Reid by exhibiting the Bill Reid SFU Art Collection as well as presenting special exhibitions and programs that build bridges between all peoples, including Indigenous and settler populations. The Gallery is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and can be found within a short walking distance from the Canada Lines City Centre Station located in Pacific Centre or the Millenium/Expo Lines Burrard Station.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Vancouver

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Musqueam Cultural Centre

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

The Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre and Museum features historical objects, contemporary art and a place to share Musqueam history and culture through song, stories, tours and activities. General admission $5. Guided group tours of the land and museum $300 (by appointment) land tours include the Chinese Market Gardens and the special relationship between the Chinese and Musqueam.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Vancouver

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Indigenous BC Trip Planning App

Planning a visit to British Columbia? The Indigenous BC Trip Planner App is a must-have tool for planning an unforgettable trip. Find authentic Indigenous experiences and businesses, learn common Indigenous words and phrases, and hear traditional songs, stories, and legends.

   

Indigenous Experiences in Canada

For millennia, Indigenous Peoples have called these lands home. Destination Indigenous invites you to see the beauty of nature through our eyes, experience the best of our legendary hospitality, and feel a deep connection through our shared traditions and storied history. Join Indigenous guides on a transformative journey on their traditional territories, and enjoy the wit and wisdom of storytelling handed down through generations. Indigenous tourism awaits.

Visit Indigenous Tourism Canada’s website Destination Indigenous for more information.

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