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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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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

shopping, indigenous culture, attractions, art galleries, museums & heritage sites

shopping, indigenous culture, attractions, art galleries, museums & heritage sites

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* We will reopen Thursday, June 26 at 10am. 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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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

indigenous culture, attractions, museums & heritage sites

indigenous culture, attractions, museums & heritage sites

The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is a 9,000 square-foot interpretive centre that exhibits 2 films, the Inkameep Day School Art Collection, indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits, a 1.5 km walking trail, and reconstructed traditional Okanagan village, and (visitor favourite) interpreter hosted programs which boast a fun filled experience for all ages! The centre is also an architectural marvel, and was built from local, sustainable materials.

Thompson Okanagan

Osoyoos

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Sncewips Heritage Museum

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

The Sncewips (sen-ch-wee-ps) Heritage Museum represents the heritage of Westbank First Nation (WFN) and the stories of the syilx/ Okanagan Nation as a whole, First Nations people across Canada, and the World. We believe in the power of our own voice to inspire, educate and transform and are working hard to build cultural capacity and language awareness along with programming development.

Thompson Okanagan

West Kelowna

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Xwisten Experience Tours

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

Witness the St'at'imc people harvesting and preserving salmon near Lillooet BC. The tour includes a walk along the Xwisten fishing grounds, a demonstration of the wind-dried method, a sample the wind-dried fish (ts'wan), and a BBQ Salmon meal. Tours can also include a walk around an archaeological village site and a replica underground pit house (S7istken).

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Lillooet

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Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

Vancouver Island

Quadra Island

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Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park

museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture

museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture

The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park is located along the banks of the beautiful South Thompson River. The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park consists of both an inside and outside viewing experience for visitors. The tour of the museum offers a rich history of the life of the Secwepemc people. Once inside the museum visitors can view "The Land of the Secwepemc" DVD, and can then immerse themselves in the beautiful artefacts and displays within the four galleries that are offered.Afterwards, the Heritage park offers a trail of over a kilometre of archaeological remains of a 2,000 year old Secwepemc winter village. The winter village consists of 1 reconstructed winter pit-houses, and summer tule mat lodges which feature various unique food preparation structures. In addition; for viewing pleasure, is one of Kamloops Marshes that is filled with beautiful wildlife and visitors may even be able to get a glimpse of the Coyote (Skelep) and her pups that are currently living in the area.

Thompson Okanagan

Kamloops

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