Immerse yourself in an authentic Canadian experience

28 April 2019

Gain a deeper understanding of Canada's First Nations people, including their fascinating culture, history and artwork, with an Indigenous tourism experience. Rising in popularity, these authentic encounters will show you a side of Canada that will inspire you to learn more about the many Indigenous nations, peoples and communities across the country.

Connect with the First Nations people and immerse yourself in their legends, ceremonies, songs, dances and cuisine with one of these unforgettable indigenous experiences.

Take an ‘Atikamekw First Nations Cultural Immersion’ excursion in Manawan

Fully immerse yourself in the Atikamekw culture on this engaging excursion. Paddle in a birch-bark canoe and listen in awe as the elders tell you age-old tales by the fire, before learning how to make maple syrup and enjoying some delicious Indigenous cuisine.

Explore the Mi’kmaq archaeological mounds at Metepenagiag Heritage Park in New Brunswick

Join a Mi’kmaq guide who will take you through the Metepenagiag Heritage Park and tell you all about the archaeological finds of villages and cemeteries. Delve into traditional local cuisine, browse authentic art, listen to the stories and learn about the local history of the Mi’kmaq peoples.

Marvel at art and culture in The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia

Home to a world-famous collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art, this superb museum allows you to discover the cultures and traditions of the First Nations people. The museum’s collections are housed in a stunning piece of modern architecture, a blend of glass and concrete, and this award-winning building lies on ancestral Musqueam land; all surrounded by sculptures and indigenous plants, and offering spectacular sea and mountain views.

Admire the beautifully carved totem poles at the Haida Heritage Centre

Located at Kay Llnagaay, also known as ‘Sea-Lion Town’, the award-winning Haida Heritage Centre is an ancient village site on Haida Gwaii, off British Columbia’s Northwest coast. Celebrating the living culture of the Haida people through language, art and stories, this striking heritage centre is a must-see for those wanting to connect with the origins of British Columbia.

Discover a recreated village at the Traditional Huron Site near Quebec City

Learn all about the beliefs and customs of the Huron-Wendat nation as you stroll along the scenic trails. Listen to the fascinating presentations, learn all about the myths and legends, enjoy traditional dancing and singing, and sample traditional Huron dishes at the restaurant.

Go in search of the Spirit Bear

Venture into the ancient rainforest to seek out the elusive Spirit Bear with a local Indigenous guide from the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation. Hear all about the Spirit Bear’s mythology and visit significant Aboriginal sites, including a traditional Big House.

Take part in a smudging ceremony at Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatchewan

A National Historic Site located 5km from the City of Saskatoon, the Wanuskewin Heritage Park offers a fantastic range of guided tours, so you can learn all about the Plains Indigenous First Nations people who have lived here for thousands of years. Take a medicine walk, enjoy a traditional powwow dance and drumming presentation, before ending the night with a tipi sleepover. Sit around the fire sharing stories and learn about the First Nations traditional way of living whilst making your own tasty bannock bread.

If you’re ready to immerse yourself in an authentic Indigenous experience, contact your Travel Counsellor today and enjoy exclusive access to benefits such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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