British Columbia is a vast, beautiful landscape that has known the footsteps of Aboriginal people from time immemorial. The Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC offers many ways to discover Aboriginal culture throughout British Columbia. See Canadian First Nation artists carving a totem pole, explore traditional lands and waters with an Aboriginal guide, or enjoy and experience Aboriginal dance and music performances and many Aboriginal Pow Wows & festivals throughout the year.
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The First Nations of British Columbia, Canada welcome you!
British Columbia has known the footsteps of Aboriginal people from time immemorial. We are the indigenous peoples of this land whose traditions and culture remain strong, rich and diverse and whose life has been shaped by the land, oceans, climate and creatures within.
Here in BC you can watch native artists carve a totem pole, explore our traditional lands and waters with an Aboriginal guide, experience a traditional First Nations healing and purification lodge with a native elder, view exquisite Pacific Northwest native art in art galleries, cultural centers and museums, sample traditional foods and award-winning wines, relax in native-owned resorts, campgrounds, log cabins and bed & breakfast inns and even enjoy a round of golf on a native-owned championship golf course!
Downtown Vancouver’s public gallery named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920 — 1998). The Gallery showcases the permanent collection of Bill Reid and changing exhibitions of contemporary Northwest Coast art.
Permanent Collection of Bill Reid’s work
- Stunning gold and silver jewelry
- Monumental sculptures
- Towering totem pole carved by James Hart in tribute to Bill Reid Gallery Gift Shop
A selection of original works and prints by local Northwest Coast artists, distinctive jewelry, accessories, books, cards and more.
The CRS Trading Post is located on Hwy. 99 in historic Britannia Beach. Featuring carvings by local Coast Salish natives (Squamish Nation), silver and gold handcrafted jewellery and original works of art by world renowned artists Ice Bear, Ken Skoda.
Culture Shock Interactive Gallery
010A Front Street
PO Box 471
Alert Bay BC V0N 1A0
1 250 974 2484
Culture Shock Interactive Gallery in Alert Bay, B.C. is a unique experience designed to offer friendly access to the indigenous NAMGIS arts and culture. At this waterfront location, you can shop for one of a kind, locally made art, jewellery and clothing, watch award winning films about our culture while enjoying the best coffee in the island or take in the beautiful views on our cedar patio. Listen to storytelling by Ada (Grandmother), weave with Donna or enjoy a summer salmon barbecue. Always friendly and never boring, Culture Shock Interactive Gallery welcomes you to explore NAGMIS traditional arts and culture.
Haida House at Tllaal
2087 Beitush Road
Tlell BC V0T 1Y0
Toll Free 1-855-557-4600
The Haida House is the premier lodging experience on Haida Gwaii specializing in all-inclusive cultural & adventure tour packages. Located on the Tlell River halfway between Masset and Skidegate, this is the ideal base from which to discover the mystical beauty of the Islands and the rich culture of the Haida People. Easy beach access; 10 guestrooms; dining room, bar and patio, guest den, complimentary Wi-Fi, Conference room, 100% Haida-owned. Winner of the 2014 National Aboriginal Tourism Award and 2015 Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award.
Khot-La-Cha Art Gallery & Gift Shop
270 Whonoak Street
North Vancouver BC V7P 1P3
Khot-La-Cha features authentic Northwest artwork created by BC's finest native artists. Hand-carved cedar totem poles and plaques, unique feasting bowls, rattles and hand-tanned moccasins, exquisite hand-carved sterling silver and 14k gold jewellery. Visit our "Long House" Art Gallery and Gift Shop located on the Reserve, minutes away from the Lions Gate Bridge.
Visit the two-storey heritage home of George Little, "The Founder of Terrace." Rich in history and old world charm and refurbished to its original state, tourists can expect much from the George Little House . The house is home to work of local artists, Terrace souvenirs, as well as the First Nations Carving studio, antiques and Summer Sunday flea market.
Klahowya Village in Stanley Park
Pipeline Road, Stanley Park
Vancouver BC V6G 1Z4
The word “Klahowya” means welcome, and each summer Aboriginal people from across British Columbia come together to build Klahowya Village in Stanley Park to welcome visitors from around the world, and share authentic Aboriginal experiences, traditions and culture. Set in the heart of Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park, Klahowya Village immerses visitors in British Columbia’s fascinating and thriving Aboriginal cultures. Travel through the forest on the Spirit Catcher miniature train, watch cultural performances, shop the Artisan Marketplace, and much more.
Nanimahoo Native Art Gallery
4154 Malakwa RD
Malakwa BC V0E 2J0
Audrey loves to create stone carvings of bears, faces, wild animals, and spiritual native themes in soapstone, serpentine, and marble. “I love the feel of the stone and I go into a trance. When I see an image in the stone I can not stop until I see the master piece finished to perfection” Visit Audrey's online gallery or stop by her home Studio and Gallery in beatuiful Malakwa (just a short drive from Sicamous) - Click here for a map.
Open year round - daily in the summer. Check website for hours of operation, daily tour schedule and admission fees.
Haida History and culture come alive at this spectacular new Centre on Haida Gwaii, the home of the Haida people. Features of the centre include the Haida Gwaii Museum, ten standing Totem Poles, Bill Reid’s Haida War Canoe Lootaas, a Gift Shop, Carving Shed, Canoe House, Performing House, Bill Reid Teaching Centre and a Cafe. Parks Canada provides orientations and evening presentations about Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in one of the centre’s two classroom spaces.
Nisga'a Museum/Hli Goothl Wilp Adokshl Nisga'a
810 Highway Drive, PO Box 300, Laxgalts'ap
New Aiyansh BC VOJ 1X0
Welcome to Hli Goothl Wilp-Adokshl Nisga’a, which means “The Heart of Nisga’a House Crests,” a name that acknowledges and celebrates the importance of the four tribes that make up the Nisga’a Nation. The museum displays and incorporates all the Nisga’a crests and the people they represent within its permanent exhibition. The museum’s permanent collection is an assemblage of 300+ art objects that left the Nass Valley in the latter part of the 19th Century and early part of the 20th Century. This unique collection of carved masks, bentwood boxes, headdresses, soul catchers, and other artifacts are Anhooya’ahl Ga’angigatgum’ — the Ancestors’ Collection. (Photo by Gary Fiegehen, 2011)
Guided Tours, Traditional Meals, Cultural Workshops, Authentic Accommodation
The Xatśūll community (pronounced hat-sull) 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. We are situated on a sunny plateau overlooking the Fraser River. 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.
How to Get Here:
37 km north of Williams Lake in the Cariboo on Hwy 97; 577 km north of Vancouver.
Sarah's Haida Arts & Jewellry
387 Eagle Road Box 57
Masset BC V0T1M0
7777 Mission Road
Cranbrook BC V1C 7E5
Located at the famous St. Eugene Resort, this interpretive centre displays artifacts and details of the history and mythology of the Ktunaxa and the history of the resort. Once a residential school, this maganificent building was turned into an international destination resort by the Ktunaxa Nation in 2003. While visiting the centre, you will learn about the residential school period through exhibits and an informative documentary.
K'wy'i'y'e Spring Salmon Studio Phyllis & Drew Atkins
A First Nations owned and operated business offering customers both traditional and contemporary Coast Salish Art. Phyllis Atkins is a Painter and Jeweler and her husband Drew Atkins is a Carver, both specializing in custom orders.
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler
4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler BC V0N 1B0
604.964.0990 OR 1.866.441.SLCC (7522)
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, in Whistler, showcases the art and heritage of the Squamish and Lil’wat Aboriginal people. The spectacular facility features, traditional drumming performances, an exhibit tour through the museum and modern galleries, a captivating short film and craft activities. The exhibits tell of our long history in the territory, of our relationship to the land, and all that lies within it.
Try on the regalia and play a drum in our children’s play area or engage in conversation with our ambassadors. Each guide has a unique story to tell. Learn the meaning behind traditional regalia, legends, carvings, art, songs and ceremonies. Located just off the Istken Hall, is our native art gift shop and indigenous cafe. Enjoy a traditionally inspired lunch; smoked salmon and bannock and our gift shop boasts one of the greatest collections of British Columbia Native art.
Spirits Of The West Coast Native Art Gallery
2926 Back Road
Courtenay BC V9N 9G9
Toll Free 1.877.338.2120
Our gallery offers you beautiful and affordable original Pacific Northwest Coast Native Art and Jewelry. We have a large variety of Masks, Carvings, Prints, Argillite Sculptures and jewellery including gold and silver bracelets, rings, pendants and Earrings.
The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, or visit our online gallery anytime.
Discover a wide range of West Coast Native and Inuit art. The blend of contemporary and traditional work includes unique corporate and personal gifts, gold and silver jewellery, home accents, art prints, glass work and hand carved masks, totem pole, panels and bentwood boxes. We aspire to showcase the best in First Nations art and share an understanding of the stories behind the art.
The Museum of Northern BC is located in a great cedar longhouse-style building overlooking the ocean. Guided tours provide the opportunity to experience 12,000 years of history and culture on the northwest coast. Visitors are invited to observe First Nations artists working in the carving shed and to browse the spectacular selection of Northwest Coast First Nations carvings and jewellery in the Gift Shop.
Come visit the Bridge River fishing grounds, the past and current fishing area of the St’at’imc People. Learn about the traditional wind-dried method of preserving the salmon that is still practiced today. Tour an extensive archeological site which identified over 80 pit houses dating back for thousands of years.
Located at 5202 Moha Road, 6 kilometers north of Lillooet. Email: email@example.com
The Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre
200 Cowichan Way
Duncan BC V9L 6P4
Toll Free 1.877.746.8119
Open June thru September.
THE QUW'UTSUN' CULTURAL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE IS A WORLD-CLASS DESTINATION.
Twenty years ago the Quw'utsun' People embarked on a project to raise the profile of Quw'utsun' knitters, carvers and jewelry makers, while displaying the Quw'utsun' culture and history to the world. In 1986 the Cowichan Tribes outbid twenty organizations and bought the Cultural Center buildings from Expo '86. The Cultural Centre opened its doors in 1990. Take a tour with an experienced tour guide and have an authentic Aboriginal meal at the Riverwalk Cafe all in the splendour of the beautiful Cowichan River.
Our mission is to serve the sovereign interests of the Sts’ailes people through the creation, ownership and operation of profitable businesses including socio-economic enterprises. These nurture and strengthen self-reliance.
'KSAN 'Ksan Historical Village & Museum
1.877.842.5518 or 250.842.5544
Visit the past and enter a new world of experience!
As a replicated ancient village, Ksan illustrates many features of a Gitxsan village from the distant past. The Museum houses the Ksan gift shop and the permanent collection. Guided tours through the Long Houses exhibit Gitxsan traditional art and ceremonial regalia.
Geoff Ross - Indigenous Influences
401 - 88 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver BC V7M 2E6
Hand-carved cedar, copper and aluminum art. Studio 2 blocks from North Vancouver SeaBus. Email or call for this week’s open hours.
"My carvings don’t necessarily represent animals or spirits found in traditional native art, but my art is neither traditional nor native.
When I was two, my parents adopted my younger brother whom is of Interior Salish descent. As they wanted him to be connected with his heritage, my family experience included native culture and art.
As a caucasian artist inspired by First Nation’s art and contemporary design, my goal is to present abstract images asking the viewer what they symbolize. Hopefully, every individual will see something different.”