Haida Heritage Centre, Haida Gwaii (Canadian Tourism Comission photo)
The rugged lands of Northern BC have a rich and diverse First Nations history.
The totem poles of the north coast are the most famous symbol of the Aboriginal culture, but many spectacular First Nations attractions are located in the region. Art, culture and heritage sites exist in the same natural settings where First Nations have lived for thousands of years.
Cultural sites in Northern BC have drawn worldwide interest – the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, with more than 500 archeology exploration areas, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
View impressive carvings by renowned Haida artists like Bill Reid and Robert Davidson, or tour the large collection of totem poles in the villages of the Kispiox Valley. The ‘Ksan Historical Village, Nass Valley and Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park all highlight Aboriginal culture in its natural surroundings.
Tour museums with stunning displays of Aboriginal art and prehistoric artifacts, see totem poles that have been standing for more than 100 years or walk through a restored historical village for a glimpse into the traditional life of the areas First Nations.
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Hwy 62 High Level Rd
Hazelton, British Columbia
As a replicated ancient village, 'Ksan illustrates many features of a Gitxsan village from the distant past. 'Ksan's houses form a single line with each building facing the river and the large decorated house fronts and totem poles are visible from the water. In conjunction with other features, such as the smoke house and food cache, 'Ksan illustrates characteristics typical of a past Gitxsan village. The museum is the oldest component of the Village and houses over 600 pieces. Comprised of both ceremonial and utilitarian materials, this collection illustrates the great diversity within the material culture of the Gitxsan.
2 Second Beach Rd
Skidegate, British Columbia
The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), opened in July, 2007. The Centre, located at the site of the old Haida seaside village of Kaay Llnagaay, or "Sea Lion Town", showcases the living culture of the Haida, dating back over 12,000 years. Six monumental cedar totem poles carved by Haida artists stand in front of the Haida longhouses, which are connected by interior walkways & atrium space. The Centre incorporates the Haida Gwaii Museum, a gift shop, canoe house, carving shed, performing house, the Bill Reid Teaching Centre & a cafe.
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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.
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.