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Malchosen | Éy7á7juuthem | SENĆOŦEN | Kwak̓wala | enaksialak̓ala | Hailhzaqvla | Nuučaan̓uɫ | Diitiidʔaatx̣ | a’’islak̓ala

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The Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwakaw’akw people have long navigated the waters of the Pacific Ocean around Vancouver Island.

They share their deep, respectful relationship with the bountiful ocean and temperate rainforests. The abundance has sustained whale pods and allowed complex metal and wood art to flourish.

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Experience Providers on Vancouver Island

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Sidney Whale Watching

indigenous culture, whale watching

indigenous culture, whale watching

Whale watching, wildlife tours and sea kayaking tours located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Our advantages include; calm protected water and the closest departure point to the Resident Killer whale routes meaning more whale time and an average of 30 minutes less travel time then Vancouver or Victoria. We are also at the gateway to the magical Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, less then 5 minutes off our dock and your among one of the nicest cruising grounds on the planet. Family owned and operated for over 15 years, come share our passion for the beautiful region called the Salish Sea.

Vancouver Island

Sidney

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U'mista Cultural Centre

shopping, museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture

shopping, museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture

U'mista Cultural Centre is one of the longest-operating and most successful First Nations cultural facilities in BC, founded in 1980 as a ground breaking project to house potlatch artifacts which had been seized by government during an earlier period of cultural repression. The return of the potlatch artifacts not only provided U'mista's name ('the return of something important'), and sparked a general trend toward repatriation of First Nations and cultural artifacts, it caused the creation of a physical facility and human resources infrastructure which have been successfully operated for over two decades.U'mista now operates a modern museum and cultural education facility in Alert Bay. Their operations include the museum, an extensive art gallery and gift shop, group tours, and presentations by dance troupes.

Vancouver Island

Alert Bay

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Thornton Motel

hotels, indigenous culture

hotels, indigenous culture

First Nations owned and operated, We are centrally located at the heart of Ucluelet! Just 20 minute drive from the beautiful endless sandy beaches of the Pacific Rim National Park. There is so much to explore here on the west coast of Vancouver Island and our Pet friendly rooms allow you and your four legged friend to optimize the experience. Our Premier new building features studio rooms and Economy friendly pricing! We have so much to offer!

Vancouver Island

Ucluelet

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Alert Bay Cabins

cabins & cottages

cabins & cottages

We offer one of Alert Bay's finest accommodation in 14 tastefully renovated cabins each with fresh paint, hardwood floors, electric fireplaces, new furniture,queen beds & cozy duvets. The cabins feature fully equipped kitchens, free high speed wireless internet access & cable television. Each cabin has a private veranda + BBQ facilities available for your use.

Vancouver Island

Alert Bay

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Sea Wolf Adventures

boating, indigenous culture, whale watching, wildlife tours, bird watching

boating, indigenous culture, whale watching, wildlife tours, bird watching

Sea Wolf Adventures connects travellers to destinations in the Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rainforest for grizzly bear viewing, wilderness and wildlife experiences, and First Nations cultural tours. Your guides are well trained in tradition and wildlife guiding. They will give you a deeper experience into First Nations culture and heritage of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation. Safe. True. Education -- a truly unforgettable wildlife experience. Our vessels are brand new, state of the art, and very seaworthy.

Vancouver Island

Port McNeill

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Kitchens of Distinction

indigenous culture, dining & culinary tours

indigenous culture, dining & culinary tours

At the heart of our identity is our essence. At Kitchens of Distinction, our essence is to elevate the dining experience to the level of a culinary masterpiece through our exclusive private chef services and variety of other culinary experiences

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Where to Stay on Vancouver Island

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Cluxewe Resort

indigenous culture, cabins & cottages, campgrounds & rv parks

indigenous culture, cabins & cottages, campgrounds & rv parks

Welcome to Cluxewe, a natural wonder, in the land of the Kwakiutl people. Cluxewe has two different, but related, meanings: place of the changing river mouth and place of refuge. Listen to waves splash on the shoreline. Awaken to the haunting sound of loons or the rusty-gate screech of a bald eagle. Enjoy fabulous summer sunsets over Broughton Strait. In early summer you can enjoy both sunsets and sunrises from your deck. Each of the twelve cozy cottages, including the 3-unit "tri-plex," comes with cooking and dining utensils, stove, refrigerator, microwave oven, and full bathroom. Cottages also feature TV/VCR's with satellite television. These cottages are wonderful retreats for artists, writers, and nature lovers as well as fishermen! 152 campsites, many on the ocean and Cluxewe River estuary.

Vancouver Island

Port McNeill

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Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

hotels, cabins & cottages, indigenous culture, campgrounds & rv parks

hotels, cabins & cottages, indigenous culture, campgrounds & rv parks

An oceanfront nature based resort offering privacy and seclusion on Quadra Island, a 10-minute ferry ride from Campbell River. Deluxe main lodge or beachfront cottage accommodation featuring ocean views of Discovery Passage. Savor west coast seafood cuisine in the casual atmosphere of the Dining Room.

Vancouver Island

Quadra Island

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Salish Seaside RV Haven

campgrounds & rv parks, indigenous culture

campgrounds & rv parks, indigenous culture

Salish Seaside RV Haven is Western Canada's premier Motor Home park, located on a private peninsula right in the heart of Victoria's waterfront harbour. Proudly owned and operated by the Songhees First Nation and Esquimalt First Nation. The RV Haven is a total redesign and brand new rebuild of the former WestBay Village RV Park, completely new and modern. A majority of the sites are right on the water, commanding spectacular views in all directions. Big rig friendly, with 30 & 50 amp power, free WiFi, and a brand new amenities building featuring modern washrooms, showers, laundry room and a spectacular community room with a barbeque, decks and fireplace.

Vancouver Island

Victoria

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Knight Inlet Lodge

hiking, paddling, indigenous culture, wildlife tours, resorts & wilderness lodges

hiking, paddling, indigenous culture, wildlife tours, resorts & wilderness lodges

Knight Inlet Lodge is Canada's premier grizzly bear viewing destination. With over 25 years of experience and a world wide reputation for excellence we are the place to see grizzly bears in British Columbia. Our remote floating lodge has 18 guests rooms and offers a full range of activities for our guests including hiking,kayaking, marine wildlife tours, tracking and whale watching. Open from mid May until mid October with packages starting on any day of the week.

Vancouver Island

Black Creek

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