First Nations Culture
Takaya Tours is a First Nation-owned eco-tourism venture offering a range of activities that mix outdoor adventure with an authentic interpretation of Coast Salish culture, including ancestral walking tours as well as canoe and kayak tours.
Explore an authentic Cultural experience with Takaya Tours-First Nation Canoe & Kayak Adventure
- Interpretive canoe & kayak tours
- Traditional flora and fauna walking tours
- Split tours (walking and canoe)
- Spawning Salmon Tour
- Paddling in the City Tour
- Cultural Boat excursions up Indian Arm & and more
Talaysay Tours offers you an authentic Aboriginal cultural and eco-tourism experiences in and around Vancouver’s North Shore. First Nation guides share ancient and contemporary stories, legends, and Aboriginal ways of living as you take in the sights of old growth forests, wildlife, beautiful northwest coast views and the flora and fauna of the season.
Join Talaysay Tours on their Talking Trees Hike:
Explore the pristine remote North Shore trails on the Talking Trees Tour. Your local guide, a trained Indigenous ambassador, will introduce you to the ancient forests, the cultural stories and shared practices of the indigenous ecological and spiritual perspectives that have sustained Coast Salish Indigenous people for centuries. You will walk and hike along the guided trails and explore the various species of trees and plants while your guide points out the diversity of local plants that were harvested by our people for food, shelter, art and medicine.
Híwus Feasthouse Cultural Program
The híwus Feasthouse on Grouse Mountain is an authentic Pacific Northwest Longhouse. As a group, you can book in for a 45 minute presentation or a full day experience where Kwel-a-a-nexw, the Squamish First nations elder, takes you back in time to discover the traditional way of life of our First Nations people. The híwus Feasthouse Cultural programs are available year-round, and last approximately 5 hours. The program price includes Grouse Mountain Admission, snowshoe rentals (winter) or Ecowalk (summer), guides/storytellers, craftwork and lunch (hot chocolate, West Coast vegetable soup, flat bread, candied salmon and chocolate chip cookie).
Part of Capilano’s Suspension Bridge Park’s captivating story involves the tradition of placing totem (story) poles on the grounds. At the park you can get a glimpse into the lives of BC’s First Nations people at Kia’palano, an educational adventure describing the area’s history.