Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Native Cultural Program

Since 2004, visitors to British Columbia have a unique opportunity to experience the ancient traditions of First Nations people in their own communities. Interacting with First Nations communities is like opening a door to different and awe-inspiring universe. And the silence of remote British Columbia can open a door your inner universe.” The land, ocean and the wildlife are integral to their way of life and unique traditions. Some of these nations have existed for more than ten thousands years, long before the pyramids were build. During our tours, guests will be able to take part in authentic First Nations activities such as storytelling, singing, dancing, craft making and fishing. One some tours guests may also spend the night in traditional dwellings and may be lucky enough to witness some of BC’s diverse wildlife including many kinds of bears, whales and eagles. We visit First Nations communities including the Sto:lo and Quw’utsun’ (Cowichan)of West Coast Salish linguistic group, Kwakwakawakw, Tsimshian, Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitsan and Haida.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Day 4:

British Columbia – Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands.

Tsawwassen Inn, 1 day is spent in the lower mainland, (Vancouver area) getting to know one of the local nations – Tsawwassen, Sto:lo, Musqueam.

We then take an early morning ferry through the wonderful Gulf Islands landing on mountainous Vancouver Island. Larger than many countries, Vancouver Island, stretches 450 km (280 miles) in length and from 80km (50 miles) to 100km (62miles) in width. 2 days are spent following the east coast of Vancouver Island, visiting the Quw’utsun (world renown knitters) and the Kwakwaka’watw Nations.

In every Nation we meet, drumming and dancing are apart of their culture. We may even learn some of their ancient songs. Ferry through the Gulf Islands and return to Tsawwassen Inn on mainland.