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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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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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Kitimat Museum & Archives - Kitimat

293 City Centre
Kitimat, British Columbia
V8C 1T6
Toll-free
Phone250-632-8950

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.

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Mothership Adventures Columbia III - Quadra Island

Based In Heriot Bay
Quadra Island, British Columbia
V0P 1H0
Toll-free888-833-8887
Phone250-202-3229

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.

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Museum of Anthropology - Vancouver

6393 NW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z2
Toll-free
Phone604-827-5932

The Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world's finest displays of First Nations art in a spectacular building overlooking mountains & sea. We also host major temporary exhibits & display over 10,000 objects from around the world in our new Multiversity Galleries. Enjoy gallery tours (free with admission), exciting public programs, an elegant shop, Cafe MOA & our beautiful new outdoor reflecting pool.

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Museum of Vancouver - Vancouver

1100 Chestnut St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 3J9
Toll-free
Phone604-736-4431

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city's stories, starting with an exhibition on the Musqueam First Nation's ancient landscape and living culture, continuing through the late 1970s. These displays are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibitions, including "Stefan Sagmeister's The Happy Show" (April 23- September 7, 2015). Our beautiful building is a must see for architecture lovers. MOV is located in scenic Vanier Park beside Kitsilano Beach - with HR MacMillan Space Centre and Vancouver Maritime Museum - a 5 minute drive from downtown and Granville Island. You can also take the Vancouver Trolley, False Creek Ferries, or public transit buses to get here.

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North Coast Artist's Cooperative - Prince Rupert

215 Cow Bay Rd
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
V8J 1A2
Toll-free
Phone250-624-4546

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.

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T'ashii Paddle School & Tofino SUP - Tofino

Toll-free1-855-883-3787
Phone250-266-3787

A unique Aboriginal Cultural experience. One of the most unique trips 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 and Lessons: Try stand up paddle boarding and explore the ecology in the little known Tofino Inlet, a calm and relaxing place to paddle right in Tofino.

If it's your first time paddle boarding or you looking to explore new areas of Tofino, our guides provide instruction and cater paddle board tours to your abilities.

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The Argosy - Prince Rupert

985 3rd Avenue West
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
V8J 1M9
Toll-free
Phone250-624-2746

Looking for a great piece of vintage furniture? An unusual item with a past? Local artwork to grace the walls? The Argosy has all that and more! The Argosy is an ever-evolving space, showcasing local art and artisans and celebrating the spirit that makes the west coast great. Look for funky found and re-purposed items you might not see anywhere else, as well as that unique piece of furniture or a Persian carpet for your floors.

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Xwisten Experience Tours - Lillooet

5202 Moha Rd
Lillooet, British Columbia
V0K 1V0
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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