December 17, 2019, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver, BC – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) partnered with VIA Rail and Fresh Tracks Canada to develop a unique, exclusive group tour travelling from Vancouver to Winnipeg. Journey of Discovery – Rails and Nations, is a one-of-a-kind tour designed to allow guests to gain a new understanding of Canada through Indigenous culture and history.
While travelling from Vancouver to Winnipeg, guests will experience Indigenous ceremonies, feasts and specially themed private tours including the following ITAC members: Skwacháys Lodge, Talaysay Tours, Wanuskewin Heritage Park and Feast Café Bistro. Many other suggestions will be provided for their free time. This tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for guests to learn about Indigenous culture first-hand from their fully guided Indigenous host.
ITAC is very excited to announce this partnership between VIA Rail and Fresh Tracks Canada as we continue to provide unique ways for guests to experience Indigenous culture in Canada.
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is the lead organization tasked with growing the Indigenous tourism industry across the country. Inspired by a vision for a thriving Indigenous tourism economy sharing authentic, memorable and enriching experiences, ITAC develops relationships with other groups and regions with similar mandates. By uniting the Indigenous tourism industry in Canada, ITAC works to enable collective support, product development, promotion and marketing of authentic Indigenous cultural tourism businesses in a respectful protocol. With Indigenous tourism outpacing Canadian tourism activity overall, and international demand for Indigenous experiences at an all-time high, ITAC recently updated its five-year plan. Additionally, ITAC just launched their Nations magazine, highlighting Indigenous people and experiences across the country.
To book this tour, please visit Fresh Tracks Canada.
For more information on ITAC visit www.IndigenousTourism.ca.
Deirdre Campbell, Beattie Tartan
Keith Henry, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada