This itinerary features options for those looking for a short getaway from the city. Less than two hours east of Vancouver, the lower Fraser River area is the traditional territory of the Coast Salish and Sto:lo people and has endless options to slow the pace and enjoy pastoral views and fresh produce, wildlife tours, and great river fishing–without leaving the Lower Mainland.
Langley | Chilliwack
Responsible tourism means that the experience creates a positive impact for all involved–not just the traveller. Responsible Indigenous tourism in BC means that travel includes consideration of all which is of value to Indigenous Peoples–their communities, languages, and cultures; water, animals, and lands.How to Travel Responsibly
12 PM Lelem’ Arts and Cultural Cafe
Your first stop is Lelem’ Arts and Cultural Cafe at Fort Langley in eastern Kwantlen territory. Lelem’ means home in henqeminem, the language spoken by the Kwantlen people and other Sto:lo communities along the lower Fraser River. Eat lunch in this bright cedar-drenched, rainforest-inspired cafe that offers a from-scratch menu with flavours that honour a traditional Coast Salish diet, including sockeye and spruce tip, venison and sage.
For an immersive and lively experience, the cafe hosts arts and cultural events and performances by local and Indigenous artists. Lelem’ is located at Fort Langley National Historic Site, a pristine park, and site of a small Hudson’s Bay Company post built in Kwantlen territory for trade with the Coast Salish during the 1800s.
Also located at Fort Langley National Historic Site, this gift shop is owned by Kwantlen First Nation. It features contemporary Indigenous art and jewelry, as well as traditional blankets and other unique Indigenous-designed items.
4 PM Fraser Canyon Teepee Escape
Located in the Fraser Canyon, experience nature by sleeping in a unique, waterfront, handcrafted, luxury teepee steps away from the Fraser river. The teepee boasts a gorgeous king bed and two singles with quality bedding, including down duvets and down alternative pillows and can accommodate up to 4 people.
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9AM Great River Fishing Adventures
Book in advance with Great River Fishing Adventures (GRFA) for guided fishing tours on the Fraser River. Expert guides attend to every detail of your experience in one of the world’s top sportfishing destinations. GRFA is one of the largest fully guided Indigenous Sport Fishing Businesses (Est. 1988) and continues to be an industry leader in Conservation and Leadership on and off the rivers. They provide experiences for Sturgeon, Salmon, Trout and Steelhead in the much heralded and culturally significant waters and tributaries of the Fraser River. More than a just a fishing guiding business, GRFA shares storytelling of the deep and rich history of the rivers and how they were the lifeline for the First Nations people and the early settlers of our beautiful province.Book Your Fishing Adventure