Indigenous Canada Blog

Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: Sea Wolf Adventures, BC

Mike Willie spends a lot of time on the ocean off northeastern Vancouver Island — the traditional territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw. The owner/operator of Sea Wolf Adventures takes small groups of visitors from the island to the smaller island community of Alert Bay to tour a longhouse and the cultural centre. He also guides people… 

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Package Feature: Manitoulin Island Great Spirit Circle Tour

Take a trip to the world’s largest fresh water lake island and learn more about the fascinating history and living culture of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi people. This package is available year-round and includes two nights’ deluxe accommodation, one night’s teepee camping, a canoe heritage tour, drum making workshop, visit to the Ojibwe Cultural… 

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Package Feature: Churchill Summer Getaway

Experience three days of magic in Manitoba on an authentic Indigenous adventure which takes in thousands of years of Inuit culture, traditional Métis heritage and the natural wonders of Churchill. This package is available April till September and includes two nights’ accommodation, a dog sledding excursion, museum visit, bird watching boat tour and Aurora viewing.… 

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Package Feature: Cultural Experiences in Southern Alberta

Learn more about the vast diversity of Indigenous experience within Canada by exploring the cultural centres of two different Nations; step back in time to walk with dinosaurs; soak up panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains at Calgary’s newest entertainment destination. This package is available May till October and includes two nights’ deluxe accommodation, admittance… 

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Package Feature: Saskatoon Cultural and Art Museum Tour

Experience Indigenous culture from ancient traditions to modern artistic expressions on a prairie getaway that’s guaranteed to engage all your senses. This package is available May till October and includes two nights’ deluxe accommodation, entry to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park and admittance to the Remai Modern Museum. Head to Saskatoon to immerse yourself in a… 

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Package Feature: Whistler to Shuswap Circle Tour

Take a three-day, two-night break in beautiful B.C. and discover its pristine lakes and soaring mountains through traditional Coast and Interior Salish Nation territory on a journey of discovery through stories, song and salmon! This summer take a journey from the soaring peaks of the traditional territory of the Squamish and Lil’Wat Peoples to the… 

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Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: Haida Style Expeditions, Haida Gwaii

Haida Style Expeditions does much more than take guests to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. After a day taking a 28-ft zodiac to explore ancient poles, fallen long houses and giant cedars, visitors are enriched by Haida culture and stories, not to mention the traditional salmon… 

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Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: Abadak Wilderness Adventures, NL

Thanks to a grant of $6,500, Abadak Wilderness Adventures is able to offer visitors to western Newfoundland a new Big Pond Medicine Walk where they learn about different plants and why they’re important for Indigenous medicine. The grant helped covered the cost of training four guides, buying canoes and safety equipment to take visitors out… 

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Where the Wild Things Are

Written by Valerie Berenyi Wildlife experiences get guests up close but remain deeply respectful of the fauna. Bobbing in a 28-foot aluminum boat off the northeastern tip of Vancouver Island, the tour group glimpses the curve of a whale’s hump before it slides beneath the ocean. Minutes later, as the boat operator quickly cuts the engine,… 

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Package Feature: Northern Lights Getaway

Experience the spectacular light show and Northern hospitality with a journey to the Northwest Territories. Year round, Indigenous Canada offers several packages to immerse yourself in Indigenous cultures and arts across the country. The Northern Lights Getaway package is available during the months of August to April and includes three days of planned activities. Be… 

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Christmas Shopping 2018

The holiday season is just weeks away. For some, the snow has already buried the city while for others, it is the green that dominates around the Christmas trees this year. No matter in which town or community you’ll celebrate, the important thing is, of course, to have a good time with the family and… 

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Visiting Saskatoon, Saskatchewan through Indigenous Tourism Experiences

Join Ashlyn George as she visits and gets to know her homecity, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, through the many Indigenous tourism experiences available here. Visiting Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre, and Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Ashlyn learns more about Saskatoon and falls in love with the city all over again. Visiting Saskatoon, Saskatchewan through Indigenous Tourism Experiences from Indigenous… 

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A Media Insider’s Four Takeaways from #2018IITC

Nat Geo editor-at-large and communications consultant, Norie Quintos, attended the 7th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference held earlier this month in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Treaty 6 territory, the Homeland of the Métis. She was the consulting editor of this year’s Guide to Indigenous Tourism in Canada and co-hosted the Indigenous Tourism Awards ceremony with ITAC… 

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Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: Tundra North Tours, Inuvik

Every spring, for as long as anyone can remember, reindeer herders take thousands of the magnificent beasts across the tundra to their calving grounds. Tundra North Tours brings guests along for the ride, moving with the reindeer herd across the icy terrain. Soon, with the help of a $10,000 grant, those visitors will ride in… 

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Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: Arctic Bay Adventures, Nunavut

Every spring, Inuit guides take international visitors to Admiralty Inlet on the northern shore of Baffin Island in Nunavut to see the floe edge — a constantly moving line between ice that’s anchored to the shore and the Arctic Ocean. With nearly 24 hours of sunlight, visitors watch as enormous pieces of ice break off… 

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Traditions for a New Generation

Cultural experiences go well beyond sightseeing to promote understanding and connection. Paddling a Voyageur canoe down the Ottawa River and hearing tales of life centuries before Canada’s Parliament Buildings dominated the view. Learning to bake bannock in the sand on the shores of the Atlantic. Listening to elders in the Yukon talk about the creator… 

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2018/19 Guide to Indigenous Tourism in Canada

We are pleased to share with you this year’s comprehensive guide to Indigenous tourism in Canada—available online—for industry, media and visitors from around the world. Download the Guidebook here (19 MB) Interest in Indigenous tourism has grown dramatically as more travelers experience the authenticity, uniqueness and diversity of stories and products offered by Indigenous peoples… 

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Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Travelling nowadays is not only about all the beautiful things that you see, but more about the beautiful people you share your experiences with. Indigenous tourism certainly offers multiple opportunities to share moments with guide and elders that not only show an experience, but give you a glimpse into their way of life. I’ve been… 

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Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre, Alberta

From training a young person to guide visitors through ancient sites, to buying paddleboards, canoes or helping with down-payments on specialized snowmobiles for guests, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) Tourism Development Grant Program is making a huge difference for Indigenous tourism operators from coast to coast to coast. Visitors who come to stay in one… 

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Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Working in the tourism industry, especially in the Indigenous tourism industry, has many advantages; you get to live and experience amazing products with awesome people, who you’ll learn more than a few teachings from. It really is so rewarding to share moments and learn the traditional ways of different communities and relate to what your… 

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Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: osha osha, Toronto, Ontario

From training a young person to guide visitors through ancient sites, to buying paddleboards, canoes or helping with down-payments on specialized snowmobiles for guests, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) Tourism Development Grant Program is making a huge difference for Indigenous tourism operators from coast to coast to coast. Jenifer Rudski started her business seven… 

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2018 Guide to Pow Wows Across Canada

We’ve compiled an ultimate guide to Pow Wows taking place across Canada this year. Take a look at the dates in your area, or plan your next road trip for a unique Canadian experience! Pow Wows are ceremonial celebrations of cultural pride for all ages and provide an opportunity for Indigenous communities to gather together,… 

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ITINERARY: The Eastern Cultural Explorer

Explore Ontario and Québec on this 11-day holiday that will see you experiencing the sights and sounds of downtown Toronto, discovering the traditional territory of Six Nations, marveling at the magnificence of Montréal, and learning about diverse Indigenous communities across two very different provinces through some of the most memorable and authentic experiences available. Province:… 

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Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day!

June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and a traditional time for Indigenous Peoples to come together to celebrate their heritage and culture. June 21st is also recognized as National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada; a special day to honour the diverse cultures and unique heritage of First Nations, Métis… 

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Summer 2018: What’s New!

Make an Indigenous tourism adventure part of your summer plans with these brand new experiences. From coast to coast to coast, Indigenous tourism in Canada offers up everything from immersive multi-day wilderness experiences to a morning’s workshop. Fresh for 2018, get inspired by these gems!   Keep it Cultural at Six Nations Exciting things are… 

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ITINERARY: Haida Gwaii’s Immersive Discovery

From Vancouver, head to the “Galapagos of the North” – Haida Gwaii. In just a 1 ½ hour flight from the cosmopolitan centre of Vancouver, you will be exploring this archipelago of mystical islands, offering abundant wildlife and lush surroundings. Discover old-growth rainforest surrounded by ocean waters, teeming with sea life, and immerse yourself in… 

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Outdoor Adventures Across Indigenous Canada

The wilderness areas across Canada are rich with Indigenous heritage, teeming with stories that define Canada’s culture today. Yet to experience them fully, you need to head out into the wild. Here are some of the outdoor experiences you can have with Indigenous tourism businesses across Canada, from whitewater rapids and hiking to snowshoeing and… 

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Indigenous Experiences Along Route 97: Quaaout Lodge

British Columbia, the most western province of Canada, boasts ‘the greatest diversity of Indigenous culture’ in the country. Metis and over 200 First Nations have lived here for time immemorial, each with their own rich culture, history, and story. In the Thompson Okanagan region, Route 97 is an Indigenous ancestral trail that has been used by… 

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ITINERARY: Québec’s Cultural Getaway

Explore the hospitality of the Indigenous peoples of Québec on this cultural getaway. Immerse yourself in Montréal’s diverse cultural offerings before you head to Québec City, North America’s only walled city. Only a few minutes away, the Huron-Wendat Nation invites guests to experience guided tours, storytelling, dance performances, craft workshops and more. Province: Québec Length:… 

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Welcome to the Indigenous Canada blog! Here you’ll find all the latest news, information, guides, activities and events across the country that celebrates our First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures. We’ll be sharing stories and things to do throughout the year, and want to encourage everyone from all walks of life to engage with the exciting Indigenous tourism industry across Canada.

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