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Haida heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay, Haida Gwaii
(Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

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Aboriginal Experiences

Aboriginal canoe tour, Howe Sound (Patrice Halley photo)

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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Talaysay Tours - Sechelt

Sechelt Inlet Rd
Sechelt, British Columbia
V0N 3A0
Websitehttp://www.talaysay.com
Toll-free800-605-4643
Phone604-628-8555

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.

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The CRS Trading Post - Britannia Beach

Hwy 99
Britannia Beach, British Columbia
V0N 1J0
Websitehttp://www.thecrstradingpost.com
Toll-free
Phone604-896-0001

Enjoy a superb collection of First Nations Aboriginal handcrafted carvings, masks, pottery & jewelry by members of the Squamish Nation. We also carry BC Jade, soapstone sculptures, paintings by local artists, giclees, prints, moccasins & a large variety of unique gift ideas.

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Xwisten Experience Tours - Lillooet

5202 Moha Rd
Lillooet, British Columbia
V0K 1V0
Websitehttp://www.xwistentours.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-256-7844

Witness the St'at'imc people harvesting salmon and preserving it through the wind-dried method. The tour includes a walk along the Xwisten fishing grounds, a demonstration of the wind-dried method, a sample of 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).

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