Vancouver Island

The largest island off the Pacific Coast of continental North America, Vancouver Island is nine times larger than Long Island, New York, and larger than many European and Asian countries. Read More

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The region is home to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia as well as world-renowned Butchart Gardens, the West Coast Trail, beaches, golf courses, wineries, farms, the pastoral Gulf Islands and a year-round temperate climate.

On the island you can experience whale watching, visit cultural centres, go skiing, surfing, kayaking and hike through virgin rainforests. Before there were cities, wineries and golf courses in this area of BC, there were First Nations villages. The Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and KwakwakawÂ’akw lived in areas where the ocean provided them with all the food our ancestors could eat and the mild climate of the temperate rainforest meant that edible plants provided harvest throughout much of the year. The food came to them, eliminating the need to migrate to follow herds, so their houses were large permanent structures, often facing outward to the ocean, the food source and avenue of transportation. This ease of survival ensured the people had enough leisure time to develop richly complex art forms.

Today, the First Nations people of Vancouver Island tell their stories through cultural presentations, art, adventure experiences, and interpretive centers. Whether telling the stories of the Potlatch reclaimed, proudly showing totem poles, displaying the works of world class artists in local galleries, performing stories in dance, hosting guests in their own resort, or taking them on canoe rides, the First Nations of Vancouver Island have many stories to tell and many experiences to share.

Visit the Vancouver Island area of BC and experience the hospitality and culture of the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwakaw’akw First Nations.

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Aboriginal Journeys Wildlife Viewing & Adventure Tours

Offering awe-inspiring Grizzly Bear Watching, Orca Killer Whale Watching, Marine Wildlife Viewing and Adventure Tours from Campbell River on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada ...

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Ahtsik Native Art Gallery

Ahtsik Native Art Gallery houses hand-crafted art from the Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw Nations as well as other First Nations. Ahtsik Native Art Gallery is owned and operated ...

Awatin Aboriginal Art

Awatin Aboriginal Art is a Native-owned family business, featuring local art. You will find Jewelry, Art, Antiques and Minerals in the gallery. The gallery is known for our in-house jewelry and ...

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Best Western Tin Wis Resort

Situated on Vancouver Island’s scenic west coast, the resort overlooks the Pacific Ocean where, each spring, the East Pacific population of Pacific Gray Whales travel north on their way to the ...

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Cluxewe Resort

Welcome to Cluxewe, a natural wonder, in the land of the Kwakiutl people, who own and manage the Resort. “Cluxewe” has two different, but related, meanings: “place of the ...

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Copper Maker Gallery

Located in the picturesque village of Fort Henry, located just outside of Port Hardy, BC, Copper Maker Gallery is home to internationally renowned artist Calvin Hunt. The Copper Maker Gallery was ...

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Culture Shock Interactive Gallery

A multi-faceted gallery where guests can explore traditional, local art forms and book cultural tours, including a canoe paddle, traditional salmon barbeque, cedar weaving and Nusa storytelling ...

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Eagle Aerie Gallery

Eagle Aerie Gallery is owned by artist Roy Henry Vickers. Built in 1986 with the help of Roy’s family and carver Henry Nolla, the stunning traditional Northwest Coast longhouse with a ...

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House of Himwitsa

It’s been over 25 years since Lewis and Cathy George created this successful First Nations owned and operated enterprise in Tofino, BC. Lewis & Cathy spoke with some of the local Elders ...

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I-Hos Gallery

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 ...

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k’awat’si Tours

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 ...

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Kitchens of Distinction Culinary Arts Ltd.

At the heart of Kitchen of Distinction Culinary Arts Ltd.’s identity is their essence. At Kitchens of Distinction, their essence is to elevate the dining experience to the level of a ...

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Kwa’lilas Hotel

The Kwa’lilas Hotel is located in the traditional territories of the Kwakiutl people and is a demonstration of the commitment of the Gwa’sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations to share ...

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Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre Society

Discover the fascinating treasures of the Kwakwaka’wakw people at the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. It houses headdresses, masks, basketry, a three-story totem and more photographs dating from the ...

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Puntledge RV Campground and Nim Nim Interpretive Centre

The Puntledge RV Campground is located in the traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation and provides a safe, natural, family camping experience which incorporates the historic and ...

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Saysutshun – Newcastle Island

Saysutshun, Newcastle Island, is located  just minutes away from the bustling urban center of Nanaimo. Alongside the strong First Nations presence and culture on the island, it is also home to ...

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Sea Wolf Adventures

Sea Wolf Adventures connects travellers to destinations in the Great Bear Rain Forest and Broughton Archipelago areas for grizzly bear viewing, whale watching, and local First Nations cultural ...

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Sidney Whale Watching

Sidney Whale Watching is located minutes from the Gulf Islands Nation Park in the Salish Sea and offers whale watching tours and private charters out of Sidney as well as kayak rentals, lessons ...

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Ditidaht Comfort Camping

The West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island is not only Eco Tourism at its finest but one of the world’s most premiere and popular hiking trails, now with a new third entrance at Nitinat Lake ...

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Thornton Motel

Owned and operated by the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (pronounced Yuu-thlu-ilth-ath), or Ucluelet, First Nation, Thornton Motel is a friendly and inviting motel. Located in the beautiful downtown area of the ...

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Thunderbird RV Park

This RV park is located extremely close to all amenities and features 77 beautiful serviced sites and 15 non serviced tent sites to suit your camping needs including spacious big rig friendly ...

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Tsa-Kwa-Luten, The Ocean Resort at Cape Mudge

Tsa-Kwa-Luten (“Saw-kwa-loo-tan”) Lodge is a magical place where legends live in a land of salmon, eagles, killer whales, soaring mountain peaks, swirling tidal waters and lush ...

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U’mista Cultural Centre

In earlier days, people were sometimes taken captive by raiding parties. When they returned to their homes, either through payment of ransom or by a raid, they were said to have u’mista ...

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Walters Cove Resort

Walters Cove Resort is an internationally renowned fishing destination known for its incomparable hospitality, luxurious setting, and high intensity fishing. Walters Cove Resort is located in ...

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West Coast Expeditions

You will experience unmatched camping comforts, delicious healthy meals, endless exploration, and plenty of time to relax. These sea kayaking trips are tailored to your personal interests and ...

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Wya Point Resort

Luxurious oceanfront lodges, yurt glamping, tent and RV site camping, all set in a spectacular old growth forest on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. Nestled in the lush coastal rainforest of ...