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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.


Nakwakto Rapids & Cultural Tour

Witness the magnificent Nakwakto Rapids, the fastest navigable tidal rapids on Earth! At the narrowest point of Seymour Inlet, sits Tremble Island where you will safely view the rapids take form. The untouched wilderness and coast will leave you in amazement as you learn about the Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw First Nations history on these waters and the deeply seeded roots of their ancestors.

San Josef Bay

Cape Scott is part of the Tlatlasikwala First Nations traditional territory and was once occupied by Danish settlers. San Josef Bay is increasing in popularity due to its beautiful sandy beach and infamous rock stack formations. The natural beauty and unspoiled wilderness attracts wildlife and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world.

Scenic Boat & Wildlife Tour

Climb aboard and discover Hardy Bay, God’s Pocket or wherever the wildlife may be! Our local guide will take you for a 2-hour adventure where you could see marine mammals such as whales, porpoises, stellar sea lions and marine birds. Gain a better perspective of the Port Hardy area and marvel at the beautiful coastal mountains and vastness of the North Island.

Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre & Storey’s Beach

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre is a beautiful facility that is home to the interpretive centre and is also a fully operational enhancement salmonid hatchery. Discover the importance of fish in our ecosystems and environmental impacts that affect rivers and oceans. From the Quatse Centre, our 22 passenger, climate controlled motor coach will transport you to the beautiful Storey’s Beach.

Elder’s Story

Port Hardy has three Nations in the region; the Quatsino Nation, Fort Rupert (Kwakiutl) Nation, and the Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw Nation. Each week there will be an Elder from one of the three Nations that will share their story of legends of their people and their family.

Traditional Song & Dance

Singing and dancing is a common tradition among thousands of cultures across the world. The Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw and other First Nations use song and dance to tell stories, share legends, recreate history, celebrate traditional ceremonies, build community and have fun!

Drum Making

Drums are deeply rooted in First Nations cultures and we want to share this spiritual practice. Join us and learn the drum making process; as a feasting and potlatching people, we have made drums to sing our songs and tell stories. In this program you will learn how to create your very own traditional Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw drum made from yellow cedar and deer hide.

Cedar Weaving

For thousands of years the Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw and surrounding Coastal First Nations have weaved cedar fibers into goods that could be traded or used for personal use. Join our cedar weaver to learn the process of harvesting and preparing cedar to create your very own bracelet, small basket, medicine pouch or lighter case.


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