From sharing home-cooked meals to learning about local traditions, Canada offers a host of indigenous experiences to recommend.
Indigenous tourism offers clients not only the opportunity to learn about the rich history of Canada’s original inhabitants, the First Nations, Inuit and Metis people, but it also provides these communities with an important source of income.
For specialist operator Canadian Affair, increasing numbers of clients are searching for indigenous experiences.
“The sense of community complements the other aspects of a trip to Canada, with its amazing natural beauty and cultural values,” says product and commercial manager Stuart Rogers.
“We are seeing this interest increase as society embraces sustainability and achieves a greater understanding of our place in nature. These values are at the core of indigenous communities.”
Here we look at five indigenous tours and experiences to recommend to clients in 2020.
On Canadian Affair’s eight-day Wonders of the Spirit Bear Holiday, clients are immersed in the legend of the Kermode bear – nicknamed “the spirit bear” by the Gitga’at people.
As well as joining rainforest hikes in search of the white bear, clients will hear after-dinner tales about its origins, learning how it has become a symbol and reminder of the hardships of the Ice Age.
“The package offers marine wildlife and spirit bear-watching activities in the Great Bear Rainforest on the Pacific coast of British Columbia,” adds Rogers.
“There is a focus on sustainability too. A big part of indigenous culture is to be in harmony with the land and the spirit bear, which is revered as one of the world’s rarest animals.”
BOOK IT: Canadian Affair offers the Wonders of the Spirit Bear tour from £3,609pp, including a 5% January sale discount. The package is based on a 10 September 2020 departure with Air Transat flights.