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Indigenous guides can lead you on lesser travelled paths to places of historical and cultural significance.

Indigenous communities in British Columbia share some of these significant places with the public and offer valuable opportunities for visitors to witness the endurance of ancient cultures. Active ancient fishing sites and petroglyphs are hidden in the forest along the Fraser River; historic villages and towering totem poles remain on northern coasts.

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Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Vancouver Island

Quadra Island

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Xatsull Heritage Village

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

The Xatsull community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life. We offer daily guided tours and cultural workshops where you take part in a variety of educational and recreational activities. We are situated on a sunny plateau overlooking the Fraser River. Meet our friendly, knowledgeable guides who will take you on a memorable journey through the history of the Northern Secwepemc people. Learn to cook a traditional meal, listen to stories around an open fire and fall asleep to the beautiful sound of the Fraser River in the distance.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

McLeese Lake

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Indigenous Culture, Art Galleries and Studios, Attractions, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Indigenous Culture, Art Galleries and Studios, Attractions, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is a three-storey, 30,400-square foot award-winning First Nations tourism facility. Guests are offered a guided tour from a local First Nation cultural ambassador who share their knowledge and stories while visiting the many displays and artifacts on display. Guests enjoy a cultural performance of drums and song as well as the chance to learn, hands-on, an indigenous craft. The facility is designed to evoke a traditional Squamish longhouse and a Lil'wat Istken (pit house) and is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. Designed to preserve and renew local First Nations' cultures and to share these living cultures with the world; the experience includes Class A museum space to house rare artifacts, a gift gallery, a cafe and an 80 seat HD theatre.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Whistler

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Haida Style Expeditions

Indigenous Culture, Fishing, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres, Sightseeing

Indigenous Culture, Fishing, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres, Sightseeing

Haida Style Expeditions is a Haida Owned and Operated, family business practicing sustainable tourism on Haida Gwaii. Owners, James & Shawn Cowpar, identical twins, offer over 25 years of experience in the tourism industry. A team of local professional guides, your safety is our number one priority. We provide a variety of cultural tours into Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Marine Conservation Area, and Haida Heritage Site. Guests will have the opportunity to visit ancient village sites, meet the Haida Gwaii Watchmen, watch for wildlife, and experience nature on any one of our three different tours into Gwaii Haanas. On our West Coast Tour, we explore the Ancient Village site of Ts'aahl (Chaatl) where one can view two of the last frontal poles still standing since contact and learn about the history of the village. Interesting in fishing on the West Coast of Haida Gwaii, enjoy catching salmon and halibut while listening to local stories. Haawa (thank you)

Northern British Columbia

Skidegate

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U'mista Cultural Centre

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

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. The facility hosts international scholars, and supports researchers in a range of disciplines.

Vancouver Island

Alert Bay

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Newcastle Island

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Vancouver Island

Nanaimo

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