There has never been a better time to support Canada’s indigenous tourism industry and discover the incredibly rich cultural, linguistic and spiritual heritage of the country’s indigenous people. No matter what authentic indigenous tourism experience you’re looking for – from all-inclusive eco-resorts to Voyageur-style canoe tours – there is an exciting range of options across Canada.
British Columbia: Klahoose Resort
Canada’s newest resort hotel, the Klahoose Wilderness Resort, is an indigenous cultural experience near Desolation Sound. Opened in June 2021, Klahoose offers guests an all-inclusive luxury eco-resort vacation that displays the traditional values of the Klahoose band. Guests at this unique wilderness resort can enjoy an extensive exploration of this pristine region, which is rich in diverse wilderness and cultural significance. Unique experiences include wildlife viewing and grizzly bear tours in Toba Inlet.
Alberta: Wild West Badlands Tour
Explore the haunting geography, hidden history and unique culture of the Canadian Badlands with Drumheller-based travel company Wild West Badlands Tours. The company, owned by Don and Val Johnston, offers tours of Dinosaur Valley, and you can even get up close and personal with real buffalo aboard a hay wagon.
Saskatchewan: Dakota Dunes Resort
Tucked away in a river landscape and surrounded by rolling natural sand dunes, the Dakota Dunes Resort – Whitecap Dakota First Nation – is a 155-room resort, casino and restaurant just outside Saskatoon. The property is Saskatoon’s first full-service resort experience. The Dakota Dunes golf course, which is located next to the resort, was also reopened.
Manitoba: prairie berries
The Prairie Berry Farm reinvented itself during the pandemic, and from this summer the family business Metis is holding socially distant cooking events on its strawberry farm. Every week a new guest chef creates a meal with food from his country and other ingredients from the region. They even welcomed the accomplished cook Christa Bruneau-Guenther from Feast to their line-up.
Ontario: Voyageur Wilderness
For over 60 years, Voyageur Wilderness has provided full or partial canoe equipment services and authentic wilderness adventures on Voyageur Island on Nym Lake. This year, Voyageur Wilderness has expanded its list of canoe tours and cultural excursions made with respect for the earth, family and community.
Québec: Unname Shipu
Unamen Shipu, also known as La Romaine, is best known for its fishing trips in the traditional Innu of Unamen Shipu area north of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The region offers new lobster fishing tours so travelers can learn traditional lobster fishing methods while immersing themselves in the unique region.
New Brunswick: Wolastoq Maple Products Inc
Wolastoq Maple Products Inc. from Tobique First Nation offers the Wabanaki Bareroots Revive Box. The package includes artisanal products from seven indigenous companies across Canada and includes items such as wild rice tea and sweet grass vinaigrette. For every box sold, the proceeds will go to support a healthy and sustainable environment by planting ten trees through the Bareroots Initiative.
Newfoundland and Labrador: Ever Outdoor Adventure
Everoutdoor Adventures of the Qalipu First Nation is an outdoor adventure company offering kayaking, hiking and zodiac adventures with bespoke tours and dining experiences, including a fishing trip where guests’ catch is prepared for them by a local restaurant.
Nova Scotia: Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa
As of 2020, the Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa became 75 percent owned by Bear River First Nation. Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa is beautifully situated overlooking the stunning Annapolis Basin and the picturesque town of Digby.
Prince Edward Island: Clam cheeks you can touch
This hands-on, interactive experience lets travelers partake in a clam cake on Lennox Island. Visitors are matched with community members on the shores of Lennox Island to prepare sand-baked bannocks. As the Bannock cooks, visitors listen to stories of what life was like on Lennox Island as they enjoy freshly picked shellfish cooked over an open fire.
Yukon: Two new indigenous companies
Yukon Wild Water Bikes allows travelers to explore Chadburn Lake while pedaling the water on a hydrobike. The experience is simple and does not require any special skills. Tutchtone Tours offers boat tours from Minto to historic Selkirk Fort. Visitors learn about the rich culture of the Hucha Hudan (Northern Tutchone) indigenous people, hear stories about the Hudson Bay Company trading post, and spot wildlife along the way.
Northwest Territories: Narwhal Northern Adventures
Narwal Northern Adventures, an Inuit-owned travel company, is offering a new 29-foot Voyageur canoe tour in Yellowknife Bay. The evening tour includes a traditional waterfront dinner complemented by arts and entertainment performed by local talent.
Nunavut: Adventure in the Arctic Bay
Inuit owned Arctic Bay Adventures is located on Baffin Island and is best known for its popular polar tours led by local Inuit guides. Travelers can choose from a variety of tours including dog sledding adventures, arctic ocean tours to see orca whales, polar bears, and icebergs, and even learn how to build an igloo, to name a few.