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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.

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…

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Eagle Wing Tours is Victoria, BC's 1st multiple award winning whale watching tour company. We’ve achieved this in part through our support for 1% For the Planet, $2 Wildlife Fee & for being Canada’s first 100% carbon neutral whale watching company.When you ride with us you are guaranteed to…

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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…

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City of Duncan

200 Craig Street, Duncan, BC V9L 1W3 • Cowichan
250-746-6126

Duncan is small, in a Big way. Just a few hundred metres off the Highway (about 60 kilometres north of Victoria) you'll find 300 shops and services in a few beautiful walkable blocks - although Visitors seem to remember the 40 world renowned totem poles. Within minutes of downtown are…

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Sea Wolf Adventures

24 Boardwalk, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0 • North Island Region
250-902-9653

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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West Coast Expeditions

PO Box 3537, Courtenay, BC, V9N 6Z8 • North Central Island, North Island Region

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…

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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.

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