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Haida heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay, Haida Gwaii
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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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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre - Osoyoos

1000 Rancher Creek Rd
Osoyoos, British Columbia
V0H 1V6
Toll-free888-495-8555
Phone250-495-7901

Experience "The Land, the Legends and the People" at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a cultural and outdoor desert experience. View arts and cultural exhibits, audio-visual presentations and interactive displays featuring Okanagan First Nations culture and desert plants and animals.

The 22 ha site features walking trails through the sagebrush habitat, outdoor sculptures and hands-on displays. Highlights include a reconstructed aboriginal village and in the summer, daily guided walks, cultural programs and rattlesnake demonstrations. Visit Coyote's Gifts for First Nations art, jewelry, books, clothing and giftware.

Located in an award-winning, sustainable building.

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Shuswap Native Village - Cache Creek

Junction Hwy 97/99
Cache Creek, British Columbia
V0K 1H0
Toll-free800-782-0922
Phone250-457-9722

Long before the Gold Rush miners, settlers & ranchers arrived in this valley, people of the Shuswap Nation followed a nomadic lifestyle here. The Shuswap Native village is operated by members of the local Bonaparte (Stuctwesemc) Band & features traditional shelters, hunting & fishing gear, cook pits & a "kekuli" pit house, built half above & half underground. Our guides will show you the crafts, tools & technologies of a self-sufficient culture that has always closely integrated the natural resources of this region into their lifestyle.

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Spirit Eagle Experiences - Ahousat

House 741
Ahousat, British Columbia
V0R 1A0
Toll-free
Phone250-670-2319

Aboriginal First Nations Eco-Cultural Experiences. Join us for a guided experience that will last for a lifetime. Experience our First Nations culture, our home & what we do today. Exchange stories with elders, local artists & singers. Enjoy traditional Aboriginal foods. Gather seafood, harvest hystuup from the reefs & fish for the tyee. Explore the Ahosuaht Hahoothee for spiritual connections, eagles, whales & other local happenings. Friends, Family & Storytelling.....See you soon.

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre - Whistler

4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Toll-free866-441-7522
Phone604-964-0990

2013 BC Cultural Centre of the Year, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre showcases Whistler's Aboriginal heritage through tours, singing & drumming, Native art, interactive & outdoor exhibits, crafts, food & film. The Centre features a Great Hall, museum, theatre, contemporary gallery, cafe offering infusions of First Nations indigenous fare & a spectacular gift shop showcasing authentic local art, jewellery, literature, housewares, clothing, etc. Our exhibit map is available in several languages. This world-class attraction is a fun, family-friendly activity that provides a genuine cultural experience. Check our website for programming updates & special events. Visit our online art gallery for our full store online!

Venue rental available for private receptions, weddings & corporate events. Please view floor plans & capacity charts on our website.

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Xat'sull Heritage Village - Williams Lake

Soda Creek
Williams Lake, British Columbia
V2G 5L5
Toll-free
Phone250-297-6502

The Xat'sull community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life. We offer daily 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.

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Aboriginal Journeys: Wildlife Viewing & Adventure Tours - Campbell River

3 1371 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 5T5
Toll-free888-455-8101
Phone250-850-1101

Family owned business offering Whale Watching, Wildlife & Adventure Tours & Grizzly bear viewing. Our Grizzly Bear Journey is on Aboriginal lands with viewing platforms at Orford River, in the Bute Inlet. Explore with us the beautiful water ways of the Discovery Islands. Possibly view killer whales (Orca), humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals, black bears, eagles & so much more!

In operation since 2000 & is one of Campbell River's most experienced tour operators with over 40 years experience on these waters. Transport Canada certified. Guaranteed sightings; see website for details.

Rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 attraction in Campbell River (2014).

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Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art - Vancouver

639 Hornby St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 2G3
Toll-free
Phone604-682-3455

A public gallery for Contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). The Gallery showcases the permanent collection of Bill Reid alongside changing exhibitions of contemporary Northwest Coast art. Highlights include stunning gold & silver jewelry, monumental sculptures & a towering totem pole by James Hart of Haida Gwaii. Visit the Gallery Gift Shop for a selection of original works & prints by local Northwest Coast artists, distinctive jewelry, accessories, books, cards & more. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver & Canada Line skytrain.

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Cheryl's Trading Post - White Rock

1711 - 152nd St
White Rock, British Columbia
V4A 4N3
Toll-free
Phone604-538-5008

Selling authentic Native handmade art & products by Native Peoples of the Americas. Northwest Coast Native carved jewelry, plaques, totems, masks including tables, cradles & Spirit Canoe, custom orders available.

100% handknit wool sweaters from Ecuador, 100% Alpaca products from Peru, Kuna Mola wall hangings & Huichole yarn & bead art. Handmade cloth by Natives of Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala & more. Rugs by Navajo, Oaxaca & Peru. Carved & painted figures by Oaxaca. A charming selection of dream catchers, collector's items & bead work.

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Christina Living Arts Centre - Christina Lake

1675 Hwy 3
Christina Lake, British Columbia
V0H 1E2

Christina Living Arts Centre is the region's newest & greenest facility. Solar & geothermal heating & cooling, high performance green construction standards & earth-friendly materials make this building beautiful, inside & out. A Solar Aquatics System processes all waste on-site by natural means & Arts on3 Gallery featuring local & international artisans (glass blowing), gift shop, bistro & spectacular 3D floor mural & story pole makes this a fascinating stop to explore the area's rich recreational & cultural features. The Christina Lake Visitors Information Centre is also located inside. Facility (inside & out) available for conferences, reunions, meetings & weddings. Catering available. Located in the nature park, swimming close by. Performances & musical presentations throughout the year, inside & outside (during summer months).

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Crystal Cabin Gallery - Tlell

778 Richardson Rd
Tlell, British Columbia
V0T 1Y0
Toll-free866-557-4383
Phone250-557-4383

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.

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