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Indigenous Experiences OPEN in Winter / Spring 2021

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Indigenous Experiences OPEN

This winter and spring, many of our favourite Indigenous tourism operators are open to welcome guests; others remain cautious or closed.  We respect all choices made by Indigenous communities and businesses during this time.

In British Columbia, Indigenous response to the economic effects of Covid-19 includes a focus on opportunities within the digital economy, including virtual tours, online shopping, and door-to-door delivery partnerships. Explore these new online products and services and visit your local Indigenous tourism providers as a way to support Indigenous businesses and communities affected by the pandemic.

Until further notice, all non-essential travel to and within BC should be avoided. Please stay local and support local this winter. For more information about the latest Provincial Health Orders, visit here.

Content updated on February 17, 2021 
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Vancouver Coast and Mountains

Image: Bill Reid Gallery

Accommodation

Skwachays Lodge 
📍Vancouver
Experience: Indigenous Art and Boutique Hotel Making a Difference
Phone: 604-687-3589 | Visit Website

Outdoor Adventures and Wildlife Viewing

Talaysay Tours
📍Vancouver
Experience:  Guided Snowshoeing, Hiking & Walking Tours,  School and Educational Tours
Phone:  604-628-8555 | Visit Website

Great River Fishing Adventure
📍Chilliwack
Experience: Guided Fishing Tours on the Fraser River
604-792-3544 | Visit Website 

Museums / Cultural Centres, Galleries

Bill Reid Gallery
📍Vancouver
Experience: Vancouver’s Indigenous Art Gallery | Shop at the gallery or online
Phone:  604-6823455 | Visit Website

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre 
📍Whistler
Experience:  Indigenous Museum with cultural exhibits | Shop at the centre’s gift shop or online
Phone:  866-441-7522 | Visit Website

Skwachays Gallery
📍Vancouver (inside Skwachays Lodge)
Experience:  Gallery displaying a variety of original paintings, carvings & jewelry by Indigenous artists| Shop at the gallery or online
Phone: 604-558-3589 | Visit Website

Stó:lō Gift Shop 
📍Chilliwack
Experience:  Gallery displaying a variety of original paintings, carvings & jewelry by Indigenous artists| Shop at the gallery or online
Phone: 604-824-2670 | Visit Website

Restaurants & Eateries  

Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro
📍Vancouver
Experience: Taste Indigenous Flavours. Feed Your Spirit | Dine-in, Take-out, Uber Eats | Reservations highly recommended
Phone:  604-568-8971 | Visit Website

Thunderbird Café
📍Whistler (inside the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre)
Experience: Indigenous-inspired menu made with fresh local ingredients | Dine-in, Take-out
Phone:  866-441-7522 | Visit Website

Transportation

Iskwew Air 
📍Vancouver
Experience:  Chartered Air Services between Vancouver, Vancouver Island and other BC Destinations
604-273-7713 | Visit Website 

Vancouver Island

Image: Tin Wis Resort

Accommodation

Best Western Tin Wis Resort 
📍Tofino
Experience: Indigenous-owned and operated hotel located on MacKenzie Beach | Restaurant on site
Phone:  250-725-4445 | Visit Website

Kwa’lilas Hotel
📍Port Hardy
Experience: Port Hardy’s Indigenous destination hotel | Restaurant on site
Phone:  250-949-8525 | Visit Website

Thunderbird RV Park and Resort
📍Campbell River
Experience: RV Sites and Cottages with spectacular views of the estuary and ocean
Phone:  250-286-3344| Visit Website

Wya Point Resort
📍Ucluelet
Experience: Welcoming guests on Ucluelet First Nation’s traditional territory with luxurious lodge accommodations.
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Outdoor Adventures and Wildlife Viewing

Clayoquot Wild
📍Tofino
Experience: Guided Whale-watching and Wildlife Tours with Indigenous story-telling
Phone: 250-266-0543| Visit Website

Museums / Cultural Centres, Galleries, Gift Shops  

Cedar House Gallery
📍Ucluelet
Experience: Indigenous Art Gallery and Gift Shop
Phone:  250-726-2652 | Visit Website

House of Himwitsa Native Art Gallery
📍Tofino
Experience: Indigenous Gift Shop
Phone:  250-725-2017 | Visit Website

I-Hos Gallery 
📍Courtenay
Experience: Indigenous Gallery and Gift Shop| Shop at the gallery or online
Phone:  250-339-7702 | Visit Website

U’mista Cultural Centre 
📍Alert Bay
Experience: Indigenous Museum / Cultural Centre and Gift Shop| Shop at the gift shop or online
Phone:  250-974-5403 | Visit Website

Culture Shock Gallery 
📍Alert Bay
Experience: Indigenous Gift Shop
Phone:  250-974-2484 | Visit Website

Kwigwatsi Studio 
📍Courtenay
Experience: Art Gallery & Gift Shop | Shop at the gallery by appointment or online
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Wildflowers and Co  
📍Campbell River + Online
Experience: Art Gallery & Gift Shop | Shop at the gallery or online
Visit Website

Ay Lelem 
📍Nanaimo +Online
Experience: Fashion, Clothing | Shop  online
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Restaurants & Eateries  

Nax’id Pub
📍Port Hardy (inside the Kwa’lilas Hotel)
Experience: Offers full menu in a relaxed pub atmosphere. | Dine-in, Take-out
Phone:  250-949-8525 | Visit Website

Thompson Okanagan

Image: Indigenous World Winery

Outdoor Adventures and Wildlife Viewing

Moccasin Trails 
📍Kelowna/Kamloops
Experience: Guided Walking / Hiking and Canoe Tours with Indigenous story-telling.
Phone: 250-319-4902 | Visit Website

Accommodation

Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort
📍 Chase 
Experience: The pride of the Little Shuswap Band, the hotel is situated on the south shore of Little Shuswap Lake | Restaurant, Spa, Golf and  Cultural Tours on site |
Phone: 250-679-3090| Visit Website

Spirit Ridge
📍 Osoyoos
Experience: The hotel welcomes you to Canada’s only desert, a place sacred to the Osoyoos Indian Band |  Restaurant, Spa, Golf onsite
Phone:  250-495-5445| Visit Website

Museums / Cultural Centres, Galleries, Gift Shops  

Syilx Trail Gift Store & Gallery
📍 Westbank / Kelowna
Experience: Indigenous Gallery, Crafts and Gift Shop
Phone: 778-755-5686| Visit Website

Nk’Mip Cultural Centre
📍 Osoyoos
Experience: Indigenous Museum / Cultural Centre and Gift Shop
Phone: 1-888-495-8555| Visit Website

Restaurants & Eateries, Wineries

Jack Sam’s Restaurant
📍Chase (inside Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort)
Experience: Delicious dining over looking Little Shuswap Lake | Dine-in, Take-out
Phone: 250-679-3090 | Visit Website

Kekuli Cafe
📍Westbank / Kelowna 
Experience: An original Bannock restaurant with a modern contemporary twist! “Don’t Panic…We Have Bannock!” | Dine-in, Take-out
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Kekuli Cafe
📍Merritt 
Experience: An original Bannock restaurant with a modern contemporary twist! “Don’t Panic…We Have Bannock!” | Dine-in, Take-out
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Nk’Mip Cellars
📍Osoyoos
Experience: Indigenous-owned Winery
Visit Website

Indigenous World Winery
📍Westbank / Kelowna 
Experience: Indigenous-owned Winery
Phone: 250-769-2824| Visit Website

The Bear The Fish The Root and The Berry
📍Osoyoos (located at Spirit Ridge)
Experience: Modern vineyard cuisine inspired by Indigenous roots | Dine-in
Phone: 250-495-4660 | Visit Website

 

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Image: Xwisten Experience Tours

Accommodation 

Big Bar Guest Ranch
📍Clinton
Experience: Indigenous-owned ranch with beautiful cabins | Skiing and Skating on site
Phone: 250-459-2333 | Visit Website

Kootenay Rockies

Image: St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino

St Eugene Resort & Casino

Accommodation 

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort
📍Ainsworth
Experience: Traditional rejuvenation at at the Resort | Wellness and Restaurant on site
Phone:  1-800-668-1171 | Visit Website

Restaurants & Eateries 

Bear and Bone Burger Co
📍Golden
Experience: Offering a wide range of choices including burgers, steaks, salads, sandwiches and more | Dine-in | Take-out
Phone:  250-344-7222 | Visit Website

Ktunaxa Grill
📍Ainsworth (inside the Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort) 
Experience: Fresh local, Indigenous-inspired cuisine | Dine-in
Phone:  1-800-668-1171 | Visit Website

Soulfood
📍Cranbrook
Experience: A true local dining experience leading the dining scene in Cranbrook | Dine-in, Take-out
Phone: 778-517-5339 | Visit Website

DOWNLOAD BEFORE YOUR JOURNEY

Use the Indigenous BC Trip Planner App to search for experiences, accommodations, and businesses. Save your favourites to create your own custom itinerary, then use the interactive map to find attractions and experiences close to you once you’ve arrived in British Columbia. View the most up-to-date business reopening information, including hours of operation.