Package Feature: Whistler to Shuswap Circle Tour
Squamish Valley, B.C.
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 lakes of the St’át’imc People, travelling serpentine roads past waterfalls and through tangled forest from Whistler to the Shuswap on a three-day tour of beautiful B.C.
Your adventure begins in Whistler Village at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre. Learn more about these neighbouring First Nations through song, stories, a short movie and hands-on craft workshop, accompanied by a Cultural ambassador.
Make time to explore the intricate art of Northwest Coast First Nations at the Audain Art Museum to see Haida carver, James Hart’s ‘The Dance Screen (The Scream Too)’, and their extensive collection of masks and modern and traditional-style totem and story poles. Enjoy an evening in Whistler exploring its award-winning dining scene or picnicking overlooking the snow-dusted heights of Blackcomb Mountain.
Head north on the lyrically named Sea to Sky Highway, one of the world’s most beautiful drives en route to Lillooet and today’s experience learning about salmon with members of the St’át’imc Nation. Stop off in quaint little Pemberton along the way for coffee and baked treats at the Blackbird Bakery by the railroad tracks.
The Bridge River Fishing Grounds have been used by the St’át’imc People for generations and still thrives today. Learn about the traditional wind-dried method of preserving the salmon still used by its people. As part of the tour you’ll also see the village site where you can count 80 pit houses (s7ístken), which were traditional winter homes and used as recently as 200 years ago. This site was used as a five-year archaeological dig on pit house 54 by the University of Montana which unearthed fascinating details about the rich history of these people and their lives. After learning about salmon fishing, it’s time to eat the catch! A traditional BBQ feast with salmon, rice, salad, bannock and a delicious serving of sxúsum a traditional whipped berries dessert.
Luxury amongst the Cottonwood trees awaits a few hours’ drive away at the Quaaout Lodge and Spa, where the Little Shuswap Peoples welcome to you to Secwepemc Territory “Land of the Great Spirit.” Whether you head out to enjoy a day of boating on Little Shuswap Lake, play a round (or two) of golf on the Talking Rock course, snooze on the sandy beach or book a treatment at the First Nations design-inspired Le7ke Spa you’re sure to connect with nature and find relaxation. Don’t miss dinner at Jack Sam’s with award-winning chef Chris Whittaker with local and traditional ingredients such as moose, bannock, bison and —of course—salmon on the menu.
The Whistler to Shuswap Circle Tour package is available April till September (bookings in April till May need at least one week’s advance notice), and includes two nights deluxe accommodation, entry and a guided tour of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, a Xwísten Experience Tour and traditional salmon BBQ lunch. Prices start at $510 per person based on a double occupancy and do not include taxes.
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