Western Canada is an incredible place to journey, but if you haven’t discovered the many amazing Indigenous-owned places to stay or experiences to enjoy, you’re missing out on the culture that makes Canada so incredibly rich and vibrant.
There are organizations in every province and territory that can help you discover the best places to pencil into your itinerary. For BC, visit Indigenous BC, in the Yukon, check Yukon First Nation Culture & Tourism, and in Alberta, head over to Indigenous Tourism Alberta. Below are a few of our favourite personal picks.
The Adrian Hope Silver Birch Resort and Campground is dedicated to the memory of Kikino Métis Settlement elder, historian and poet, Mr. Adrian Hope. Located on beautiful Whitefish Lake, this site offers both powered and non-powered campsites. There’s tons to do on the water, and lots of great amenities.
Found yourself exploring the beauty of Jasper? Interested in immersing yourself in Indigenous ways of knowing and being? Listening to stories and songs by a campfire, or taking a walk to learn about plant medicine? Then you should book your experience today with Warrior Women!
Métis Crossing is home to Alberta’s first Métis cultural interpretive centre, built on the original river lots of Métis settlers to this region in the late 1800s. Métis Crossing is an incredible opportunity to experience and learn about Métis culture, food, and history. With great camping, experiences, and workshops, this is a not to miss spot, located just 1.5 hours northeast of Edmonton.
While camping in Osoyoos, you’ll want to make a stop at Nk’Mip Cellars, the first Indigenous winery in North America. You can enjoy wine tastings, tours & experiences, or the patio restaurant at the winery.
“Our Winery itself is a bold celebration and a strong reflection of our commitment to authenticity and deep respect for our colourful past. We extend an invitation to discover, not only the international award-winning wines we produce, but also the relentless spirit and remarkable history that inspire them.”
If you find yourself in the Vancouver area, take advantage of the exciting offerings from Takaya Tours. In service since 1999, Takaya Tours is the premier First Nation owned eco-tourism venture in the Lower Mainland of BC. Takaya Tours offers many different options for paddling, kayak, paddleboard or canoe rentals, or guided canoeing (and walking) trips that will highlight the history and songs of the Coast Salish Nation.
Even though the Adäka Cultural Festival has been cancelled for this year due to Covid, it is a must-experience on your upcoming trip to the Yukon in the years to come. The Adäka Cultural Festival is busting with food, dancing, song, workshops, cultural experiences, and artisans that highlight the incredibly diverse and vibrant culture of Yukon First Nations. In the meantime (and for more great experiences) read the Welcome Guide to get acquainted with Yukon First Nations.
Did you know that some of the best mountain biking in the world can be found in the stunning location of Carcross, Yukon? The International Mountain Bicycling Association recently inducted the Mountain Hero Trail on Montana Mountain in Carcross into its Epic Trails category, and that’s no small feat! Plus, there just so much to do and see in Carcross.
Do these sites and activities have you itching to hit the road? Click here to book your campervan rental, and be sure to share your adventures with us on social using #GoodCamping and tagging @KarmaCampervans.
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