Dip a paddle and glide through traditional waterways in a dugout or ocean-going canoe. Fish for sturgeon and steelhead with knowledgeable Indigenous guides in the Fraser Valley, or spot the Great Bear Rainforest’s rare white Spirit Bear with Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations guides. Sip world-class wine in the Southern Okanagan Valley at North America’s first Indigenous-owned and operated winery. Drift to sleep in a beachside Haida Gwaii longhouse cabin to the sound of surf.
One third of First Nations people living in Canada live in British Columbia, where over 200 Indigenous tourism outfitters are sharing their varied and rich cultures with global visitors.
“Indigenous Tourism BC is a member-based, non-profit organization committed to increasing awareness and making bookings for more than 90 Indigenous businesses,” says Dana Schoahs, Director of Marketing for ITBC. “These businesses offer a vast range of unique experiences — from wildlife viewing, adventure and accommodation to art, music, festivals and cuisine.”
With more than 200 distinct First Nations — each with their own traditions and history and speaking 30 different languages — BC is home to remarkable visitor experiences, which include a surprising number of Indigenous offerings right in Vancouver.
Learn about traditional edible and medicinal plants, shrubs and roots on a stroll through Stanley Park’s rainforest. Dine on fine, fresh and creative Indigenous-inspired culinary delights at Salmon n’ Bannock. Then step into an authentic sweat lodge experience on the rooftop of downtown’s Skwachàys Lodge before settling, refreshed, into your stylish room featuring local First Nations-themed artwork and décor.