Aboriginal canoe tour, Howe Sound (Patrice Halley photo)
British Columbia has the highest diversity of distinct First Nations in Canada, with more than 50 First Nations in more than 200 communities.
Interpretive centres, museums and tours throughout the province provide opportunities to learn about Aboriginal stories, ceremonies and traditions.
Aboriginal artwork, carvings and totem poles can be seen at galleries and museums, or even standing in their original, historic locations.
Some highlights include the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, the Haida Heritage Centre on Haida Gwaii, and the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos – but these are just a few of the many places and tours sharing Aboriginal cultural experiences in BC.
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778 Richardson Rd
Tlell, British Columbia
Crystal Cabin Gallery with over 20 years of business in Tlell on Haida Gwaii. One of the best selections of jewellery on the islands. Silver, Argillite wood by Haida artists, beautiful gemstones, crystals, local agates, thunder eggs & island scenic stone. Crystal Cabin Gallery is where artisan jeweller Dutes Dutheil has a workshop gallery designing & handcrafting gold & gemstone jewellery which is available exclusively in the shop. A great assortment of minerals & crystals. Crystal Singing Bowls, books, teas, original t-shirts, cool clothing. Learn about the geology of the islands at the interactive display the 'Tlell Stone Circle', an outdoor installation of local mineral & fossil pieces from the islands. Drive up the hill where there is plenty of parking & shop for the most unique gifts.
293 City Centre
Kitimat, British Columbia
Explore town history, multiculturalism, turn-of-the-century settlement, the 1950s Alcan Project aluminum smelter construction and Haisla arts and technology. Additional displays feature the geology, flora and fauna of the Kitimat Valley and some sea life of Douglas Channel. The temporary gallery offers changing exhibitions of arts, culture and history. We also offer summer programs for children. Visit the Museum gift shop for aluminum giftware, First Nations designs, jewelry, books and clothing. While in Kitimat, enjoy the Museum's four self-guided walkway circle routes and interpretive signs.
Landsea Tours offers daily scheduled half-day & full-day mini-coach sightseeing excursions to include Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler & more - maximum of 24 guests per bus. See it all: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island Market, Alaska cruise ships, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain & Butchart Gardens. Combine a Victoria tour with whale watching or a floatplane flight, or a Whistler tour with the Whistler Mountaineer train by Rocky Mountaineer. Driver/guides create memorable sightseeing experiences by sharing their extensive knowledge of area history, geography & current events & in answering guests' individual questions.
Private tours and transfers are also available: SUVs, Mercedes Sprinter Vans and Mini-Coaches available.
Based In Heriot Bay
Quadra Island, British Columbia
Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak tours where we paddle each day & return to the mothership each night. Accompanied by qualified naturalists, we explore the remote wilderness areas of coastal British Columbia, kayak through glacial fed waters, amongst lushly forested islands dotted with ancient First Nations village sites & observe numerous species of wildlife including orca killer whales, dolphins, harbour seals, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles & deer.
154 Tsulquate Reserve
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Fascinating cultural adventure aboard a 28' Transport Canada certified vessel provides great insights into the magnitude of the rapids, which can run up to 17 knots during the peak tidal changes, as well as the local Aboriginal culture & wildlife. This area is also the gateway to the southern part of the Great Bear Rainforest offering guests breathtaking views of its remote & mysterious coastline.
It's a 4 or 5 hour trip across Queen Charlotte Strait into some of the most remote wilderness in the world. Tours are conducted by a knowledgeable guide from the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations & are designed to entertain & educate.
215 Cow Bay Rd
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
An artist-run co-op full of a diverse range of artistic creations. One of the largest art galleries on the north coast of BC. Items are all handmade locally & include painting, photography, wood & stone carvings, fabric arts from knitting to quilting, artisan jewelry, beautiful pottery & so much more. We are located right at the cruise ship dock in the Atlin Terminal Water Front Market. Come visit us & take your time & enjoy the spectacular scenery as well. See eagles soaring above, you might even catch a glimpse of an Orca.
401-37989 Cleveland Ave
Squamish, British Columbia
The Sea to Sky Gondola experience, scheduled to open in Spring 2014, weaves together the very essence of coastal BC-mountains, oceans, rivers, forests, culture & year round recreation.
The 8-minute gondola ride to over 2800 feet above sea level will provide sweeping views of Howe Sound, the forest & surrounding mountains. Once at the top, many adventures await. Guests will have access to a wide array of outdoor experiences including two interpretive loop trails with cantilevered viewing platforms, a spectacular suspension bridge, access trails to backcountry routes & much more.
In addition to the outdoor experiences, the lodge at the top will provide an opportunity for cultural exhibits, events, dining or a chance for friends to share a beer after a day of adventure in nature.
366 Campbell St.
Tofino, British Columbia
A unique Aboriginal Cultural experience. The most unique trip in Tofino!
Dug-out Canoe Tours: Join your Nuu-chah-nulth guide and paddle a hand crafted dug out cedar canoe. Learn about local aboriginal culture and history. Walk along 1000 year old red cedars on the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island.
Paddle board Tours: Try stand up paddle boarding in the pristine wildlife sanctuary of Grice bay, in Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park.
Hop on our special touring boards for a sleek and stable ride. Explore the unique ecology of the mudflats and beautiful grassy estuaries of Grice Bay.
700 Apex Ave
North Vancouver, British Columbia
West Coast Canoe Tours:
Explore the rich marine ecosystem while experiencing Coast Salish culture while you enjoy a guided interpretive paddle in one of our traditional 31 foot Coast Salish Ocean going canoes. Gently paddle the protected waters of Burrard Inlet & the beautiful pristine Indian Arm. Trained First Nations Guides share first nation's culture, sing traditional songs & tell legends & the history of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
Rainforest Ground Tour:
Explore the ancestral trails of Whey-Ah-Whichen (Cates Park). Learn about the traditional uses of the local flora and fauna, harvesting methods, traditional medicines & how to identify different plant species.
Sechelt Inlet Rd
Sechelt, British Columbia
Experienced guides help visitors discover & experience traditional Salish ways of life on the Sunshine Coast & various Lower Mainland locations by appointment. Hear traditional stories connected to local pictographs, native plants & wildlife & explore the water & land in all of its glory. Our guides will show you pristine sites with an array of wildlife.
Kayaking, canoe, stand up paddle board, hiking tours & lessons are offered May, June, July, August, early September. We will entertain the avid paddler in the off-season. Hiking, snowshoeing, site seeing is in the fall & winter. Co-create a unique cultural experience with us & your group. Talaysay customized events include cultural activities, museum & longhouse visits with heritage songs, stories & drumming with First Nation guides.