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Xatśūll Heritage Village

The Xatśūll community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life in an inclusive learning atmosphere. Xatśūll Heritage Village provides an atmosphere ... Read More


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May  to  October
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The Xatśūll community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life in an inclusive learning atmosphere.

Xatśūll Heritage Village provides an atmosphere where you can learn about other cultures. For example, the teepees are not part of the Secwepemc way of life, but it helps visitors to see the diversity among Aboriginal groups in BC and across Canada.


Traditional Lodging

In Xatśūll, the pit house was a home for our ancestors. The pit house (or kikule house) lasted for up to ten years before having to move out. A pit house is excavated partially into the earth three feet or more. The structure of a roof is made and fitted onto the excavated hole that was dug. In the middle of the roof is an opening with a ladder; this hole also served as the chimney. Visitors have the opportunity to overnight in a teepee or pit house, bedding can be provided at an extra fee.

Sweat Lodge

The sweat house represents mother Earth. It is the oldest and one of the first ceremonies the Creator handed to Xatśūll First Nations people. The Sweat house is a cleansing of the body, mind and spirit. There are four rounds, each represent the four nations or four directions, red, yellow, black, white.

Heritage Centre

The Xatśūll community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life. We offer daily tours and cultural workshops where you take part in a variety of educational and recreational activities. Meet our friendly, knowledgeable guides who will take you on a memorable journey through the history of the Northern Secwepemc people. Learn to cook a traditional meal, listen to stories around an open fire and fall asleep to the beautiful sound of the Fraser River in the distance.

Hiking and Walking Tours

Experience the culture of Xatśūllcommunity and take part in a tour of Xatśūll Heritage Village. Learn about the history of the Secwepemc Nation and their traditional way of life. Your First Nation Guide will tell you about our National Award Winning Heritage Site and show you the teepees, our winter homes or pit houses (also known as kikule houses), drying/tanning racks, lean-to, sweat house, summer hut, as well as our new covered picnic area and lookout of the Village. Learn about the mighty Fraser River where our ancestors have fished for thousands of years.


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