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Copper Sun Journeys

Copper Sun Journeys is an Aboriginal owned and operated company established in 2015 in Nuxalk territory, on the Central Coast in Bella Coola, B.C. Nuxalk territory is home to spectacular scenery, ... Read More


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Copper Sun Journeys is an Aboriginal owned and operated company established in 2015 in Nuxalk territory, on the Central Coast in Bella Coola, B.C. Nuxalk territory is home to spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and dramatic mountain peaks. It is also home to the Nuxalk Nation’s ancient petroglyphs – rock carvings estimated to be over 7000 years old and a very sacred and spiritual place for Nuxalk people.

Nuxalk guides Chris Nelson and Clyde Young are accomplished culturalists who take immense pride in their Nuxalkmc culture, songs and stories.

All tours begin at the Copper Sun Gallery, located at 442 Mackenzie Street in Bella Coola.


Petroglyph Tour

As their popularity has climbed in recent years, guided, professional tours to the petroglyphs are now being offered to ensure that visitors have an authentic Aboriginal experience and these sacred sites are protected for future generations. The two-hour ‘Petroglyph Tour’ features a walk through the Great Bear Rainforest with aboriginal guides. Learn about the ancient history of this amazing place while the sounds of traditional songs and stories echo through the forest. It’s a magical experience not offered anywhere else in the world.

Walk of the Totems Tour

The two-hour ‘Walk of the Totems’ is a tour of the charming village of Bella Coola on foot, from the banks of the river to the traditional school. Towering totem poles tell the smayustas (creation stories) of past and present. The tour also features a visit to a working carvers studio.

Walk of the Big Cedars Tour

The two-hour ‘Walk of the Big Cedars’ is a tour of ancient life-1000 year old trees, talking of the cultural modification of the many uses of the cedar - from the weaving of its roots and inner bark to extracting whole planks for building long houses. Also on the second half of the tour, you’ll find yourself amongst a stand of second growth, where the First Nations of the area have stripped the bark for ceremonial use.


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