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Vancouver Island’s First People

Learn about the unique culture and history of the Island’s First Nations people as you listen to one of the many stories in the Living Languages interactive exhibition at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. Or learn about the Island’s First Nations Peoples’ role in local stewardship, conservation, and development, as well as their history, culture, and way of life as you paddle a traditional dugout through the waters of the Pacific Rim with a guide from the Nuu-chah-nulth community.

Dine on freshly caught Dungeness crab or salmon with the Ucluth First Nation, near Tofino, and then head up Island to take refuge, watching the pink salmon gather where the Cluxewe River joins the Broughton Strait before heading upstream to spawn. In Courtenay, discover the beauty of locally carved masks, jewellery, and woven cedar baskets, or wander through Thunderbird Park in Victoria to see one of the world’s finest collections of authentic totem poles.

The First Nations communities of Vancouver Island continue to play a vital role in the development of the communities and industries throughout the region.


North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

1240 Leffler Road, Errington, BC • Central Island
250-248-8534
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We are a non-profit organization that cares for the well-being of Vancouver Island wildlife and strives to educate the public. Overseen by a Board of Directors and co-founder, Robin Campbell, NIWRA continues because of amazing volunteers and incredible community support. Nestled in the district of Errington on Vancouver Island, NIWRA is a park like setting with a peaceful atmosphere. When visiting the Centre you will be able to view eagles, several species of owls, falcons, hawks, ravens, and black bears. During the summer months, live raptor presentations are available. The Centre is a world class wildlife rehabilitation facility specializing in raptors and black bear. Magnificent eagles can be viewed through one way glass in the largest flight cage of its kind in Canada.
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We are a non-profit organization that cares for the well-being of Vancouver Island wildlife and strives to educate the public. Overseen by a Board of Directors and co-founder, Robin… [+]

Ecosummer Expeditions

Trips begin and end from 1817 Campbell Way, Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 • North Island Region
250-674-0102
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Launch off our beach on North Vancouver Island to kayak with whales. Untamed, inspiring, remote and magical, Orca Camp is where we've staged wild and mild adventures for over 40 years. The heart of Orca territory, our indulgently comfortable wilderness camp sits next to the world’s only designated Killer Whale habitat at Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve. You’ll find pure Canadian wilderness here exploring the natural and cultural attractions of the Johnstone Strait with our expert guides. Every detail, right down to the meals, snacks and camping accommodations is taken care of for you, so you're free to relax and unwind. Fuel your passion for adventure. Unleash your wild side. Join us for a 3, 4, or 6-day Orca Camp adventure — in the best place to see Orcas in the wild.
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Launch off our beach on North Vancouver Island to kayak with whales. Untamed, inspiring, remote and magical, Orca Camp is where we've staged wild and mild adventures for over… [+]

The Robert Bateman Centre

470 Belleville St Victoria, BC V8V 1W9 • South Island
250-940-3630
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The Robert Bateman Centre, showcases over 80 works of Robert Bateman spanning his seven decades as one of Canada’s premier wildlife artists. Located in Victoria's inner harbour within the historic Steamship Terminal, the Centre houses a gallery and gift shop, and hosts a rotation of exhibits and a full schedule of educational and public programming, the most successful being the Junior NatureSketch Club. The temporary exhibits bring the community together. With themes from endangered species to traditional uses of the land surrounding the gallery, the Centre partners with dynamic artists and organizations to further the vision of the Bateman Foundation, the national charity that supports the work of the Robert Bateman Centre.
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The Robert Bateman Centre, showcases over 80 works of Robert Bateman spanning his seven decades as one of Canada’s premier wildlife artists. Located in Victoria's inner harbour within the historic Steamship Terminal,… [+]

Sea Wolf Adventures

24 Boardwalk, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0 • North Island Region
250-902-9653
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Departing from Telegraph Cove, combine cultural discoveries with world-class wildlife viewing on a zodiac adventure into the heart of First Nations’ territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw: Vancouver Island North. Share our love of the local landscape and learn more about our 13000+ year old history! Our adventure begins in Alert Bay at the U’mista Cultural Centre – a museum dedicated to telling the story of the people of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation. Your tour guides, members of one of the 19 tribes of Kwakwaka’wakw, will interpret the exhibitions to delve deeper into the history of the artifacts. See the ancestral masks that were confiscated during the Potlatch Ban between 1884 and 1951, which outlawed traditional ceremonial feasts and potlatches and had a huge impact on indigenous people.
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Departing from Telegraph Cove, combine cultural discoveries with world-class wildlife viewing on a zodiac adventure into the heart of First Nations’ territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw: Vancouver Island North. Share our… [+]

Royal BC Museum

675 Belleville Street Victoria BC V8W 9W2 • South Island
1-888-447-7977
See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Explore our permanent galleries and immerse yourself in tales of where we've been and where we are going. Discover things and people you never knew before at what TripAdvisor users have twice voted the number one Museum in Canada
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See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Explore our permanent galleries and immerse yourself in tales of where we've… [+]

k’awat’si Tours

8600 Granville St. • North Island Region
250-230-3574
Eco Tours & Aboriginal Cultural Experiences Experience the wild beauty of British Columbia’s coastal rainforests through the eyes of your First Nations guide as they share their culture, history and traditions. Get out on the water to view wildlife, roam remote beaches, or listen to stories and learn how to weave cedar or make drums. k’awat’si Tours is your connection to Indigenous culture in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.
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Eco Tours & Aboriginal Cultural Experiences Experience the wild beauty of British Columbia’s coastal rainforests through the eyes of your First Nations guide as they share their culture, history and traditions.… [+]

Wya Point Resort

2695 Tofino-Ucluelet Highway, Ucluelet, BC • Pacific Rim
1-844-352-6188
Nestled in the lush coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island’s west coast, a few kilometres outside Ucluelet and within minutes of the Pacific Rim National Park, Wya Point Resort is an ideal retreat for couples and families offering luxurious lodge accommodations, rustic eco yurts and a family-friendly campground. With direct access to pristine private beaches, the resort sits amongst 600 acres of old-growth forest, located on an old village site of the Ucluelet (Yu-klew-ith) First Nation.
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Nestled in the lush coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island’s west coast, a few kilometres outside Ucluelet and within minutes of the Pacific Rim National Park, Wya Point Resort is an… [+]

I-Hos Gallery

3310 Comox Road Courtenay, BC V9N3P8 • North Central Island
250-339-7702
I-Hos Gallery presents a collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork, including masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry, wood carvings and more produced by First Nations artists. Our culture is expressed through our art. We are located between Courtenay and Comox on Vancouver Island, on the site of the original K’ómoks Village. We deal directly with all of our First Nation artists and provide you with all legends and artist biographies.
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I-Hos Gallery presents a collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork, including masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry, wood carvings and more produced by First Nations artists. Our culture is… [+]

West Coast Expeditions

PO Box 3537, Courtenay, BC, V9N 6Z8 • North Central Island, North Island Region
1-250-338-2511
CONNECT. EXPERIENCE. REFRESH. Join us on remote Spring Island in Kyuquot for personalized adventures on the western edge of Canada, Vancouver Island, BC. Trips start in Courtenay or Campbell River, then we take you truly off the beaten track, with outings led by professional sea kayaking guides, introducing you to sea otters, coastal wolves, ancient forests, remote beaches, Aboriginal culture, diverse birds and marine wildlife, and delicious food. Savour a flexible, fun, and refreshing getaway.
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CONNECT. EXPERIENCE. REFRESH. Join us on remote Spring Island in Kyuquot for personalized adventures on the western edge of Canada, Vancouver Island, BC. Trips start in Courtenay or Campbell… [+]

Kwa’lilas Hotel

9040 Granville Street, Port Hardy, BC, V0N 2P0 • North Island Region
1-855-949-8525
The Kwa’lilas Hotel (meaning a ‘place to sleep’) is a premier First Nations four-star destination hotel located on the North Island. The hotel features 85 guestrooms plus meeting space to accommodate up to 150 people. A curated selection of authentic local Aboriginal art can be found throughout the hotel celebrating local traditions, stories and culture. Hotel guests can also choose to participate in a selection of eco-adventure tours and cultural experiences guided by community members.
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The Kwa’lilas Hotel (meaning a ‘place to sleep’) is a premier First Nations four-star destination hotel located on the North Island. The hotel features 85 guestrooms plus meeting space to… [+]

Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery

2926 Back Road Comox, BC V9N 9G9 • North Central Island
1 (877) 338-2120
Explore the largest variety of authentic Native Art and Jewelry in this area. Enjoy beautiful Totem Poles, Silver and Gold Jewelry, Masks, Prints, Paddles, Argillite and other Carvings. Find beautiful and affordable gifts or one-of-a-kind Masterpieces. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
Categories:  Culture First Nations
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Explore the largest variety of authentic Native Art and Jewelry in this area. Enjoy beautiful Totem Poles, Silver and Gold Jewelry, Masks, Prints, Paddles, Argillite and other Carvings. Find beautiful… [+]