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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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Newcastle Island

museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture

museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture

Vancouver Island

Nanaimo

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Culture Shock Interactive Gallery

indigenous culture, art galleries

indigenous culture, art galleries

Culture Shock Interactive Gallery is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated Gallery in Alert Bay on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. We offer interactive First Nations cultural experiences including cedar weaving, traditional salmon barbeque, storytelling and traditional ocean-going canoe tours. We also retail local First Nations art including jewellery, carvings, clothing and documentary films.

Vancouver Island

Alert Bay

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Ahtsik Native Art Gallery

art galleries, indigenous culture

art galleries, indigenous culture

We are an artist-owned fine art gallery specializing in traditional west coast style art of the Pacific Northwest. The gallery is on Tseshaht lands and houses Gordon Dick Studio while showcasing the work of local and regional artists. We carry handmade woodcarvings and jewelry, including masks, panels, free-standing or wall-mounted sculptures, doors, poles, and house beams. Ahtsik is a Nuu-chah-nulth word meaning creating to the best of your abilities and we select our artwork for its beauty and craftsmanship. May you enjoy it as much as we do.

Vancouver Island

Port Alberni

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Kwa'lilas Hotel

hotels, indigenous culture

hotels, indigenous culture

The Kwalilas Hotel (meaning a place to sleep) is a premier First Nations four-star destination hotel located on the North Island. The hotel features 85 guestrooms plus meeting space to accommodate up to 150 people. A curated selection of authentic local Aboriginal art can be found throughout the hotel celebrating local traditions, stories and culture. Hotel guests can also choose to participate in a selection of eco-adventure tours and cultural experiences guided by community members and local experts.

Vancouver Island

Port Hardy

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Kiixin Tours

indigenous culture, hiking, sightseeing

indigenous culture, hiking, sightseeing

Kiixin, Huu-ay-aht First Nations 5000-year-old Village, is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC. Its the only known remaining First Nations village with standing remains. Each culturally guided hiking tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Due to COVID-19 Kiixin Tours will remain closed until further notice. Please email [email protected] for more information. Thanks.

Vancouver Island

Bamfield

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Sidney Whale Watching

whale watching, indigenous culture

whale watching, indigenous culture

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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Where to Stay on Vancouver Island

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Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

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

indigenous culture, hotels, cabins & cottages, 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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Walters Cove Resort

indigenous culture, fishing, resorts & wilderness lodges

indigenous culture, fishing, resorts & wilderness lodges

Walters Cove Resort is a luxurious fishing lodge, owned by the Kyuquot Checklesaht First Nations. Located on the NW side of Vancouver Island in Kyuquot Sound, we provide a first class, fully guided, all-inclusive fishing experience for salmon, halibut and bottom fish. Grady White boats, and both Abel and Avet reels are an example of the top of the line equipment we provide. Our small, intimate lodge holds a maximum capacity of only 18 guests which allows us to provide exceptional customer service and cultural experiences such as our signature Beach BBQ. Not to mention the most consistent fishing on the West Coast! Our specialty is creating memories that will last you a lifetime!

Vancouver Island

Kyuquot

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Salish Seaside RV Haven

indigenous culture, campgrounds & rv parks

indigenous culture, campgrounds & rv parks

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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Thunderbird RV Park & Campground

indigenous culture, campgrounds & rv parks

indigenous culture, campgrounds & rv parks

Vancouver Island

Campbell River

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