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First Nations Experiences in Vancouver

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Vancouver’s Aboriginal population is extremely diverse and includes First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people from all across Canada. There are three local First Nations in Vancouver: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. The City of Vancouver is on the traditional territories of these three First Nations who have a special spiritual, cultural, and economic connection to this land that goes back thousands of years. Find out more with these amazing Aboriginal experiences.
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31 West Pender, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3, Canada
Canada’s first aboriginal arts hotel opened in 2014. Part luxury hotel and part social enterprise, Skwachays Lodge ticks all the right boxes. On the luxe side: plush linens, Hypnos beds (the same as the British royal family sleep on),...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Explore the verdant 400-acre Stanley Park with First Nations guides from Talaysay Tours. During the trek, you’ll take a short stroll along the seawall, discovering the area’s indigenous history along the way. You’ll also...
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6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
Part of the University of British Columbia, this museum houses one of the finest collections of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art, including bentwood boxes, feast dishes, totem poles, and canoes from the Haida and Coast Salish people. Some of...
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120 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1V9, Canada
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I stumbled into this store when I first moved here thinking I could buy a postcard. Two years later I have yet to buy a postcard, yet Hills is possibly my favourite store in the city! I go by whenever possible, sometimes to shop, but usually to...
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1128 W Broadway #7, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G5, Canada
A small, welcoming bistro, Salmon n’ Bannock is Vancouver’s only First Nations restaurant. The special here is the bannock, a quick, round flatbread that serves as a vehicle for anything from cedar jam to pudding, elk salami, and...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
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639 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3, Canada
One of Canada’s most revered artists—and once the face on the Canadian $20 bill—Bill Reid was born to a European father and a Haida mother. This gallery displays a collection of his sculptural masterpieces, and gold and silver jewelry which...
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Head out for a fun few hours paddling in North Van with Takaya Tours, a First Nations-owned eco-tourism outfit who mix outdoor adventure with cultural interpretations of the Coast Salish People’s history. Experienced guides lead guests on an...
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3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC V7B 0A4, Canada
As soon as you step off the plane at YVR you’ll be greeted by bold First Nations art works, from colourful totem poles to intricate carvings, welcoming visitors to the city, and the unceded Coast Salish territory. If you’ve time at the airport...
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268 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X6, Canada
Vancouver’s annual Talking Stick Festival each February celebrates living First Nations culture from established and emerging Indigenous artists and performers, such as acclaimed Juno Award winners Tribe Called Red. Over ten days you can immerse...