Kermode Bear, Princess Royal Island (Clare Levy photo)
From the earliest Aboriginal inhabitants to the area's more recent settlers, people of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast have left an indelible mark on the landscape.
Explore Aboriginal culture, history and traditions at the Xat’sull Heritage Village near Williams Lake, through Aboriginal artwork at galleries and studio, or on Aboriginal cultural tours in communities such as Bella Coola.
First Nations in this region include the Tsilhqot'in (also known as Chilcotin), Kwakwakaw'akw (Kwakiutl), Nuxalk (Bella Coola), Secwepemc (Shuswap), the Interior and Coast Salish, and the Kitasoo (Tsimshian) and Xaixais of Klemtu. Their historical and traditional territories encompass a variety of landscapes, from lush, green coastlines to high altitude plateaus.
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Williams Lake, British Columbia
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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We offer multi-day cruises through Haida Gwaii's (Queen Charlotte Islands') Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Northern Vancouver Island, the Great Bear Rainforest, North Coast/ Khutzeymateen and Southeast Alaska. Our 68' vessels provide the perfect base from which to tour remote coastlines. On these world-class learning journeys we expect to see whales, bears, rich intertidal zones, and a great number of birds. With our First Nations guides we visit ancient villages, see totem poles and hope to catch a glimpse of the Kermode. Our experienced Crew and on-board naturalist will take you places that few have visited on our award-winning expeditions.
5202 Moha Road
Lillooet, British Columbia
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 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).