Expériences autochtones

Masque Potlatch au centre culturel U’mista, photo de Jeff Bateman
Masque Potlatch au centre culturel U’mista, photo de Jeff Bateman

Bien avant le débarquement de James Cook sur la côte ouest de l'île de Vancouver en 1778, les aborigènes habitaient la région et son histoire se perpétue dans de nombreuses expériences aborigènes. Les Salishes côtiers, la Tribu Nuu-chah-Nulth et Kwakwakawa'wakw ont vécu dans des villages permanents, sur les rives et les vallées de l'île, créant des formes d'art élaborées au fil des siècles.

Les visiteurs explorant la culture aborigène de l'île de Vancouver peuvent s'attendre à goûter des aliments traditionnels, faire une visite guidée, voir des totems, visiter des galeries d'art et des musées, regarder des cérémonies, et parcourir à pied ou en canoë des routes historiques utilisées pendant des milliers d'années par les premiers résidents de l'île.

La culture aborigène est tellement riche ici que le lieu a été choisi pour les Jeux autochtones de l'Amérique du Nord 2008. Les jeux ont accueilli plus de 4 500 athlètes canadiens et américains et plus de 3 000 artistes de la scène. L'île de Vancouver est peut-être la zone la plus accessible pour vivre des expériences aborigènes ; les visiteurs ne sont jamais loin de la culture des Premières nations.

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6 Expériences autochtones in Île de Vancouver

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1 Spirit Eagle Experiences - Ahousat

House 741
Ahousat, British Columbia
V0R 1A0
Toll-free
Phone250-670-2319

Aboriginal First Nations Eco-Cultural Experiences. Join us for a guided experience that will last for a lifetime. Experience our First Nations culture, our home & what we do today. Exchange stories with elders, local artists & singers. Enjoy traditional Aboriginal foods. Gather seafood, harvest hystuup from the reefs & fish for the tyee. Explore the Ahosuaht Hahoothee for spiritual connections, eagles, whales & other local happenings. Friends, Family & Storytelling.....See you soon.

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2 Aboriginal Journeys: Wildlife Viewing & Adventure Tours - Campbell River

3 1371 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 5T5
Toll-free888-455-8101
Phone250-850-1101

Family owned business offering whale watching, wildlife, adventure tours & grizzly bear viewing. Our Grizzly Bear Journey is on Aboriginal lands with viewing platforms at the Klite River, in the Toba Inlet. Explore with us the beautiful water ways of the Discovery Islands. Possibly view killer whales (Orca), humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals, black bears, eagles & so much more!

In operation since 2000 & is one of Campbell River's most experienced tour operators with over 40 years experience on these waters. Transport Canada certified.

3 Mothership Adventures Columbia III - Quadra Island

Heriot Bay
Quadra Island, British Columbia
V0P 1H0
Toll-free888-833-8887
Phone250-202-3229

Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak tours where we paddle each day & return to the mothership each night.

Accompanied by qualified naturalists, we explore the remote wilderness areas of coastal BC, kayak through glacial fed waters amongst lushly forested islands dotted with ancient First Nations village sites & observe numerous species of wildlife including: orca killer whales, dolphins, harbour seals, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles & deer.

4 Museum at Campbell River - Campbell River

470 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 2B7
Toll-free
Phone250-287-3103

Rated tenth in the country by Trip Advisor's Traveller's Choice Award (2014), the Museum at Campbell River on Vancouver Island is not to be missed. Located conveniently on the Island Highway, the Museum houses a fine collection of permanent exhibits that represent the unique culture & history of Northern Vancouver Island. Highlights include First Nations carvings & artifacts & the history of the logging and salmon fishing industries. Interactive exhibits, include a touch screen kiosk & are especially intriguing to young visitors.

While you are here, be sure to watch our film about the famous Ripple Rock explosion & explore the Museum Gift Shop for local books & unique Northwest Coast art.

5 Sea Wolf Adventures - Port McNeill

Toll-free
Phone250-902-9653

Reconnect with nature and learn all about First Nations culture in an all-in-one experience that combines respectful wildlife viewing with a sustainable tour through the super natural scenery of northern Vancouver Island and the Great Bear Rainforest, BC.

Low volume tours take a maximum of six guests on authentic adventures through the natural habitat of Western Canada's grizzly bears. Pacific white-sided dolphins dance alongside the bow of our boat; Sea Wolf, as we make the one hour and 45 minute journey from Port McNeill or the First Nations' village of Alert Bay into the beautiful Xakwikan (Thompson Sound). Enjoy continental breakfast as we navigate waters favoured by migrating orcas, humpback whales and listen to your guide's indigenous interpretation of local landscapes.

6 T'ashii Paddle School & Tofino SUP - Tofino

1258 Pacific Rim Hwy
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free1-855-883-3787
Phone250-266-3787

Join your Nuu-chah-nulth guide and paddle a handcrafted dug out cedar canoe on one of our first nations canoe tours and learn about local aboriginal culture and history. Walk along thousand-year-old red cedars on the Big Tree Trail of Meares Island.

Or try Tofino's newest sport, stand up paddleboarding. Our stand up paddle boarding tours and lessons explore the ecology in Tofino's calmest paddle boarding location on the inlet, a calm and relaxing place to paddle. Or try catching waves on a stand up paddleboard in our paddle surfing lessons.

If it's your first time paddle boarding or you're looking to explore new areas of Tofino, our guides provide instruction and cater paddle board tours to your abilities.

Tofino's first nations cultural experience!

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