This blog post was written before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when physical distancing and other COVID health and safety protocols were not in effect. The businesses and communities featured in this article may be once again welcoming visitors but please double check as some are only open with limited operations and others have not yet reopened.
The new 2017/18 Guide to Indigenous Tourism in Canada, shares in the energy and power of Indigenous tourism and tells the story of ITAC members and their businesses by emphasizing the importance of distinct community voices. The guide highlights storytelling as a way of expression and connects the profiles of each of the members to both the individuals and their communities.
Indigenous tourism businesses in Canada continues to grow and thrive, and this guide is filled with rich stories and beautiful photos of our regions and relatives in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. You’ll learn about these businesses, and how they are blending ancient and modern traditions and cultures to reclaim our place in history.
Discover the Pacific Rim National Park, on Vancouver island’s wild west coast where HFN Hospitality LP operates a lodge, Inn, camping facilities, general store and café.
Stay at the Vegas-style Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary, AB, and enjoy world-class acts at the edge of the Canadian Rocky Mountains with hiking, skiing and biking right out your back door.
Visit the Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and stand on the grassy plains overlooking the spectacular Opimihaw Creek Valley.
Walk the floating wetland interpretive trail in eastern Manitoba, and learn how rare orchids were used in traditional medicine with Eastside Aboriginal Sustainable Tourism Inc.
Paddle the still waters along the Great Spirit Circle Trail in M’Chigeeng, Ontario and retrace the ancient canoe route while hearing the old-time legends of Manitoulin Island.
Visit the Native Museum of Mashteuiatsh, in Mashteuiatsh, Quebec. Join traditional dancers, drummers, spiritual leaders and elders across the Mi’kmaw Nation at the annual Miawpukek First Nation Pow Wow. Tour the Metepenagiag Heritage Park in Red Bank, New Brunswick, learn the history of the Mi’kmaq with Destination Membertou in Nova Scotia, shop the Indian Art and Crafts of North America with the Lennox Island First Nation on Prince Edward Island, and explore the cultural and interpretive centres of the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association in Whitehorse.
These are just a few of the incredible adventures that await. Find out more: