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Indigenous Experiences

Indigenous Celebration, Cariboo BC | Geoff Moore

Indigenous people were the first locals in our region, and their influence lives on today in a very powerful, meaningful way.

For thousands of years, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast has been the home of Indigenous peoples. First Nations of the region include the Tsilhqot’in (steelh-coht-een), whose traditional territory is the high-altitude plateau of the Chilcotin (chil-ko-tin), the St’át’imc (stat-lee-um), from southwest of the Fraser; Nlaka’pamux (ing-khla-kap-muh) of the southern Fraser Canyon; the Carrier, who occupied the sub-boreal northern area of the Cariboo Chilcotin and the Secwepemc (shi-huep-muh-k), whose historical lands lie east of the Fraser River. On the Pacific coast, the major Indigenous nations are the Nuxalk (nu-halk) of the Bella Coola Valley, the Tsimshian (sim-she-an) and the Gitga’at (git-gat) of the outer coast, the Wuikinuxv (whee-kin-au) of Rivers Inlet and the Heiltsuk (hel-sic) of the coastal area near Bella Bella.

The region’s Indigenous people played an essential role in the province’s development, providing canoes, food, guides, translators and information to explorers and European settlers in the 1700s and 1800s.

Indigenous people were also involved in the early days of the region’s key industries, particularly ranching in the Chilcotin and southern Cariboo, where horsemanship and wilderness survival skills were highly prized.

There are many opportunities for immersive experiences with the Indigenous culture throughout the region, from storytelling to petroglyph tours, summer gatherings to art and jewellery. Come and discover an Indigenous experience in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast.

Copper Sun Gallery

Copper Sun Gallery

Copper Sun Gallery is located on the traditional Nuxalk territory in beautiful Bella Coola, B.C., offering handcrafted Nuxalk art made locally. You’ll find that the art and jewellery from this region has its own distinct style unique to the Nuxalk…

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Kopas Store

Kopas Store

Make sure to stop into Kopas Store on your next visit to Bella Coola, offering a wide selection of locally-produced goods and products, plus supplies for the discerning sportsman. In addition to supplies, you’ll also find indigenous jewellery, art, toys,…

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Lil'tem Hotel

Lil'tem Hotel

From rainbow trout fishing in the nearby lakes, to exploring the hiking trails in the surrounding mountains, this small community offers a friendly and comfortable place to stay while enjoying the area. Also rich in St’át’imc Tsal’alh culture, Seton Portage…

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Lillooet Museum & Visitor Centre

Lillooet Museum & Visitor Centre

The Lillooet Museum & Visitor Centre is situated in downtown Lillooet in a former Anglican church. The original St. Mary’s Church, which was torn down in 1960, stood on the same spot and arrived on the backs of miners and…

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Nusatsum River Guest House

Nusatsum River Guest House

Centrally Located in the Bella Coola Valley, 10 minutes east of Hagensborg, and 30 minutes west of Tweedsmuir Park Bear viewing station. With stunning views of the Coast Mountains you can relax in comfort on the decks, or take a…

Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

This National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World is renowned as a top luxury wilderness resort, guest ranch, and eco-retreat. Here you can explore BC’s back country by foot, mountain bike, canoe, helicopter, or horseback. Hone in on your love…

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Spirit Bear Lodge

Spirit Bear Lodge

In a land sculpted by the last ice age, where deep coastal fjords cut into the snow capped mountains and temperate rainforests lead to remote beaches, Spirit Bear Lodge takes visitors from around the world into the heart of the…

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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Nestled in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge offers guests an authentic wilderness experience while enjoying world-class service. Just a short 70-minute flight from Vancouver (or 4.5hrs from Williams Lake), the historic lodge has been welcoming…

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Xatsull Heritage Village

Xatsull Heritage Village

The Xatśūll First Nation community invites you to visit and experience their spiritual, cultural, and traditional way of life at their National, Award-Winning Heritage Village. There are regularly scheduled daily tours and you can take part in a variety of…

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Xwisten Experience Tours

Xwisten Experience Tours

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 still used by its people today. Also tour the extensive archaeological village site…

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