New Indigenous-led experiences are connecting tourists to the cultures most closely associated with the land in the province of British Columbia, which is known for its pristine natural beauty, from the Rockies to the islands of Haida Gwaii that have been battered by storms. At Haida-owned and -operated Haida House, which opened its new longhouse-style oceanfront cabins in May 2022, guests will learn about the Haida worldview of
Yah’guudang, which translates to “respect for all living things and the interdependence that binds us.
They will also have the opportunity to explore Haida Gwaii. The Village of Queen Charlotte, which was recently restored to its Indigenous name of Daajing Giids in an unprecedented move, is one of the islands’ ancestral village sites that guests of Haida House will visit.
The Indigenous-owned and operated Nemiah Valley Lodge will open in June for its first full season further east, in the interior Chilcotin region of B.C. Following a landmark ruling that granted the First Nation rights to their traditional territory, the lodge is the first tourism venture on Tsilhqot’in title lands. In 2023, they’re adding a perspiration hold up experience and kayaking on Chilko Lake — Canada’s most noteworthy rise freshwater lake — drove by Tsilhqot’in social ministers from the neighborhood Xeni Gwet’in people group.