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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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Kitchens of Distinction

Indigenous Culture, Restaurants and Eateries

Indigenous Culture, Restaurants and Eateries

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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k'awat'si Tours

Indigenous Culture, Boating, Hiking & Walking, Sightseeing

Indigenous Culture, Boating, Hiking & Walking, Sightseeing

k’awat’si Tours Eco Tours and Aboriginal Cultural Experiences with First Nations guides let you see the wild beauty of North Vancouver Island. Hike in coastal rainforests, get out on the water to view wildlife, roam remote beaches, or listen to stories and learn how to weave cedar or make drums.

Vancouver Island

Port Hardy

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House of Himwitsa

Indigenous Culture, Hotels, Motels & Lodges, Art Galleries and Studios

Indigenous Culture, Hotels, Motels & Lodges, Art Galleries and Studios

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Tofino

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Culture Shock Interactive Gallery

Indigenous Culture, Art Galleries and Studios

Indigenous Culture, Art Galleries and Studios

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.

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Alert Bay

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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.

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Sidney

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Sea Wolf Adventures

Indigenous Culture, Bird Watching, Boating, Whale Watching, Bear Watching & Wildlife Tours

Indigenous Culture, Bird Watching, Boating, Whale Watching, Bear Watching & Wildlife Tours

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.

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Port McNeill

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Knight Inlet Lodge

Indigenous Culture, Resorts, Traditional Lodgings & Sweat Lodges, Hiking & Walking, Paddling, Bear Watching & Wildlife Tours

Indigenous Culture, Resorts, Traditional Lodgings & Sweat Lodges, Hiking & Walking, Paddling, Bear Watching & Wildlife Tours

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

Glendale Cove

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House of Himwitsa

Indigenous Culture, Hotels, Motels & Lodges

Indigenous Culture, Hotels, Motels & Lodges

Himwitsa Lodge is located in the downtown core of Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, near the end of Trans Canada Highway. Tofino is a beautiful rural town that is situated in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve as well as the United Nations World Biosphere Reserve. During peak season, the small town of Tofino boasts tourists from all over the world, hence the recommendation of reserving an accommodation in Tofino for your stay. The Himwitsa lodging in Tofino, presents great location, fabulous breathtaking sunset views over Vargas Island and great rates! We have 4 suites available that suits every need to relax and enjoy the town of Tofino; whether you're on your honeymoon, a weekend getaway in Tofino or traveling with family! We have three studio styled suites that have a 180 degree view, and two apartment styled suites have a 90 degree view that overlooks the bustling harbor of Tofino. Moreover, four suites come with an outdoor hot tub on a private balcony! All rooms are equipped with a full bathroom, kitchenettes, satellite TV, free wifi and parking. On the edge of the West Coast in Tofino, Himwitsa Lodge is only minutes away from all the local shops, Tonquin Beach, tours for hot springs cove, whale watching, bear watching, kayaking and surfing. Don't want to waste travel time? Fly in from Vancouver, BC via seaplane and land right next to us!

Vancouver Island

Tofino

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Walters Cove Resort

Indigenous Culture, Resorts, Traditional Lodgings & Sweat Lodges, Fishing

Indigenous Culture, Resorts, Traditional Lodgings & Sweat Lodges, Fishing

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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Kwa'lilas Hotel

Indigenous Culture, Hotels, Motels & Lodges

Indigenous Culture, Hotels, Motels & Lodges

The Kwa’lilas 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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