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Aboriginal canoe tour, Howe Sound
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Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

Aboriginal Experiences

Hatzic Rock, Xa:ytem Historic Site, Mission (Sian James photo)

Hatzic Rock, Xa:ytem Historic Site, Mission (Sian James photo)

The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region is the ancestral home of the Coast Salish peoples, and includes such First Nations bands as the Squamish, Lil’wat, Sto:lo, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh.

Visitors to the region can discover the dynamic culture of the Coast Salish First Nations through interpretive centres, archaeological sites, museums, galleries, and guided First Nations interpretive tours.

Many more opportunities for cultural exploration can be found in the four-season resort community of Whistler and in the vibrant, multicultural city of Vancouver, where Asian, European and First Nations influences can be seen all around. 

Museum of Anthropology 

Just west of Vancouver, the University of British Columbia’s architecturally stunning Museum of Anthropology boasts a vast collection of Aboriginal art and artifacts from BC and around the world. See traditional canoes, masks, jewellery, carvings, longhouse replicas and totem poles – including the world’s smallest totem pole, which measures just 4.4cm/1.7in, about the size of a pin.

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Klahowya Village in Stanley Park - Vancouver

Miniature Train In Stanley Park
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3X8
Toll-free
Phone604-921-1070

Enjoy the warmth of our Aboriginal Summer Village in Stanley Park this summer. Klahowya Village is a family-friendly Aboriginal cultural experience that features daily Aboriginal cultural performances, artisans & demonstrations. After a successful fourth season in 2013, the Village now features more than 20 interactive & visual displays linked to a Klahowya Village 'passport' that includes a download code for the audio story of the 'Journey of the Salmon' on iTunes, a season pass to ride the miniature train, admission to a craft workshop, colouring pages, & an area to collect stamps from interactive display stations.

This season's story, 'Journey of the Salmon', focuses on the significance of the salmon from an Aboriginal culture point of view as we celebrate the four-year cycle of the returning salmon.

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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 & gift shop. 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 & events. Please view floor plans & capacity charts on our website.

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Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Interpretive Village - Boston Bar

4971 Hicks Rd
Boston Bar, British Columbia
V0K 1C0
Toll-free
Phone604-867-9107

Tuckkwiowhum Village (pronounced Tuck-we-ohm) is a First Nations heritage site & village located in Nlaka'pamux territory, 5-km south of Boston Bar, BC.

Tuckkwiowhum was given its name by our people, and means "great berry picking place". The area still boasts rolling hills & lush forests of wild huckleberries, blueberries & medicinal plants.

We offer our guests an opportunity to experience the Nlaka'pamux village lifestyle before the arrival of Europeans. See the summer lodges, smoke house, food caches, sweat lodge, earth ovens & an awe-inspiring pit house. Whether you're looking for a peaceful weekend getaway, a quick stop on the way through the canyon, or to immerse yourself in our rich lifestyle & culture, you'll find what you're looking for at Tuckkwiowhum Village.

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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 Native 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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Landsea Tours & Adventures - Vancouver

Toll-free877-669-2277
Phone604-255-7272

Landsea Tours offers daily scheduled half-day & full-day mini-coach sightseeing excursions to include Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler & more - maximum of 24 guests per bus. See it all: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island Market, Alaska cruise ships, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain & Butchart Gardens. Combine a Victoria tour with whale watching or a floatplane flight, or a Whistler tour with the Whistler Mountaineer train by Rocky Mountaineer. Driver/guides create memorable sightseeing experiences by sharing their extensive knowledge of area history, geography & current events & in answering guests' individual questions.

Private tours & transfers are also available: SUVs, Mercedes Sprinter Vans & Mini-Coaches available.

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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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Talaysay Tours - Sechelt

Sechelt Inlet Rd
Sechelt, British Columbia
V0N 3A0
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
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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