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Indigenous Canada Experiences

Below is a selection of Indigenous Experiences across Canada we can add to any of our itineraries.

Journey to the Orford River Valley aboard a comfortable, high-speed covered vessel where you will be taken on to the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nation via bus to a series of viewing platforms. The Orford River offers some of the best Grizzly Bear viewings on the West Coast and we can guarantee that this tour will be the experience of a lifetime. When travelling to Orford, time will be prioritized to view whales and wildlife along the way. This tour includes lunch, hot beverages and a light snack.

Join an authentic cultural and whale watching adventure through the Salish Sea to the historic First Nation village site of Aupe. Your journey aboard custom landing craft vessels with inside and outside seating options provide unobstructed views of whales, eagles, and more! Step off the boat onto shore and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Homalco on an enlightening walk around the former village. Your Homalco guide will share traditional stories, language, and legends, and you'll get hands on with cedar bark while learning to weave your own cedar bracelet. This immersive experience is perfect for curious adventurers wanting to learn about the Indigenous peoples of Canada's west coast while whale watching and enjoying stunning coastal scenery.

Join an authentic cultural and whale watching adventure through the Salish Sea to the historic First Nation village site of Aupe. Your journey aboard custom landing craft vessels with inside and outside seating options provide unobstructed views of whales, eagles, and more! Step off the boat onto shore and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Homalco on an enlightening walk around the former village. Your Homalco guide will share traditional stories, language, and legends, and you'll get hands on with cedar bark while learning to weave your own cedar bracelet. This immersive experience is perfect for curious adventurers wanting to learn about the Indigenous peoples of Canada's west coast while whale watching and enjoying stunning coastal scenery.

Head-Smashed-In is one of the world's oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jumps known to exist. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, Head-Smashed-In has been used continuously by aboriginal peoples of the plains for more than 5,500 years. At the visitor centre learn about the cultural significance of the area through a range of vast landscapes, exhibits, and diverse programming.

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, British Columbia, is a vibrant institution celebrating the heritage of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. The centre's architecture, inspired by traditional longhouses and pit houses, blends modern design with Indigenous elements. Inside, visitors find a light-filled atrium with intricate carvings, totem poles, and contemporary Indigenous art. Interactive exhibits, authentic artifacts, and live demonstrations of traditional crafts like weaving and carving offer an immersive cultural experience. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre also features educational programs, a cafe serving Indigenous-inspired cuisine, and a gift shop with handcrafted items, promoting respect and understanding between cultures.

Learn the true history of Odawa Mnis (Manitoulin Island) and Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory — Canada’s only officially recognized Unceded Territory.  Includes stops at historic sites including 1836 Treaty historic site, Holy Cross Mission Ruins (residential school site), Smith Bay trading site. This unique learning experience has the power to foster relationships and promote the concept of reconciliation between all nations. An educational awakening like no other, that reveals the truth from the first Residential School on the Great Lakes and Northern Ontario’s oldest catholic church that have occurred throughout Canadian history. This step-on tour has the ability to change your perspective on the current narrative of the history of Indigenous people in Canada.

The Abenaki Museum, located in Odanak near Montreal, is a significant cultural institution dedicated to preserving and showcasing the heritage of the Abenaki people. Established in 1965, it is one of the oldest First Nations museums in Quebec. The museum offers a rich collection of artifacts, including traditional clothing, tools, and artwork, providing visitors with an in-depth understanding of Abenaki history, culture, and traditions. Interactive exhibits and educational programs further enhance the visitor experience, fostering a deeper appreciation for the Abenaki community and their contributions to the region's cultural landscape. The museum also serves as a hub for cultural events and workshops, promoting the ongoing vitality and relevance of Abenaki heritage in contemporary society.

Admission can be paid locally.

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