Skwachays Lodge Hotel and Gallery

Vancouver, British Columbia

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The Skwachàys Lodge in downtown Vancouver isn’t just a critically acclaimed hotel and gallery, it also doubles as an award-winning social enterprise operating as a housing operation for Indigenous artists-in-residence. Formally named by Chief Ian Campbell, hereditary chief of the Squamish Nation, whose territory includes the property where the lodge was built, “Skwachàys” is what the area was traditionally called, acknowledging the region’s spring waters—considered by the Squamish People to be a portal to the spirit world.

Each room at the lodge is unique, designed by six of Vancouver’s top hotel designers paired with Indigenous artists, including Corrine Hunt, co-creator of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games medals. Themes include the Moon Suite and Drum Circle Suite.

When visitors arrive at Skwachàys Lodge they often have no idea of what to expect. According to general manager Maggie Edwards, they typically come because of the affordable rate or perhaps because of the striking images of this unique property that they’ve seen online or in the media. “But as soon as they walk through our doors and see the art that we have on display their curiosity is piqued,” says Edwards. “Then, conversations start, education begins, and we can help guests better understand Indigenous culture in Canada.”

Guests can build on that education during their visit by experiencing a traditional sweat lodge and private purification ceremony led by a First Nations Elder. Visitors also have access to the lodge’s Urban Aboriginal Fair-Trade Gallery, where they can meet and speak with Indigenous artists in person and shop for unique art.

Skwachays Lodge Hotel and Gallery

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Skwachays Lodge Hotel and Gallery

31 W Pender St
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1R3
(604) 687-3589 info@skwachays.com Visit Website

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