First Nation hiking tours in Canada

“A unique tailor made four day hiking tour in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, based in a wilderness centre owned by a family of mixed Métis Aboriginal heritage. A magical place.”

Highlights

Hiking holiday with First Nation guides | Stay in wilderness lodge or tepee | Rocky Mountains | First Nation cultural exchange | Canoeing and rafting options | Wildlife watching

Description of First Nation hiking tours in Canada

Discovering the magnificent landscapes of the Rocky Mountains from a wilderness centre owned and managed by Canada’s First Nation people is one of the most natural and nurturing hiking tours you can find in Canada. This is a tailor made hiking holiday run by people from mixed Métis Aboriginal heritage, based at a family run centre perfectly located between a plethora of parks , namely: Kootenay and Banff National Parks as well as Assiniboine and Height of the Rockies Provincial Parks.

Fully committed to responsible and sustainable tourism and, in particular to building relationships between indigenous and non indigenous communities, the tour can be tailor made to suit your interests. Spend time with an indigenous elder earning about local flora and fauna, the use of plants and produce in traditional culture, ancient artisan skills, storytelling, ceremonies and of course having time around the evening fire.

In keeping with a retreat style of break, days will begin with traditional prayers, followed by walks to learn about the land and its resident wildlife, as well as harvesting food for dinner that night. Accommodation is in a traditional tepee or log cabin, with options of other adventures during your stay such as canoeing, rafting or backpacking.

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Departure information

Flexible departures from beginning of June to end of September
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Responsible tourism: First Nation hiking tours in Canada

Environment

Most of the activities in these experiences are based right out of the wilderness centre itself, which is completely off-the-grid and running only solar and hydro power that we sustainably generate ourselves. Furthermore, our heritage cabin water pressure is not pumped with an electric pump, but builds through a gravity-fed pressure system. Also, your heritage cabin is heated by log stove, for which we have gathered wood by recycling the scraps left behind by loggers in the area - we do not cut any trees down for firewood. One of the best stories behind our commitment to being respectful and exemplary keepers of the land around us is exemplified by our heritage cabins themselves. These cabins were constructed in the early 20th-century in an adjacent National Park as tourism in the Canadian Rockies was being pushed to help curb the losses effected by the new Park conservation policies that were shutting down mining and logging operations within Park boundaries. The original owners of the cabins in the early-1990s, however, wanted to raze them all and throw them into the landfill, in order to replace them with the newer, posh, and larger cabins now standing in that original location. We talked the owners out of this course of action, and they gave us the cabins instead of razing them. We recycled the cabins themselves, and their heritage and story as part of early Rocky Mountain Park history with them, by hauling them, one by one, to their present location! We refurbished them, and cleaned them, but kept their original charm, frame, and finishing intact.

Community

These being culturally-based programs, the biggest ways we promote social responsibility in these experiences are by role-modeling a respectful intercultural sharing practice that helps sustain cultural diversity, and supporting local projects & people through related charity and non-profit work. We are the only organization in the Canadian Rocky Mountains supported by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia and these experiences themselves give people unique opportunities to sit with, walk with, live with, and/or exchange with one of many First Nations elders, and/or other Aboriginal community members and leaders, from all around Western Canada. When the experience includes a spiritually-based activity, and many do, then we do not charge a fee for participation in these activities at all, in keeping with cultural traditions. In these instances instead, a gift or offering is requested for the elder or respective facilitator, and guests are guided and helped by us to understand what this means within a cultural context so that an appropriate gift / offering can be given from the heart, which is what it is largely about. This helps role-model a practice whereby cultures are interacting with each other in respectful, culturally appropriate, and reciprocal ways that are meaningful to both and a source of social resilience instead of assimilation. In related ventures, we are also frequently asked to host and facilitate intercultural sharing work with youth groups, community organizations, and Aboriginal communities, often through non-profit work, and this we do gladly. These organizations and projects receive significant discounts from us, some of which these experiences will help fund, and we have started up an affiliated non-profit organization called the Kotawî Foundation for Nature, Arts & Culture to help facilitate, design, and support similar projects at the wilderness centre and around Western Canada that focus on intercultural sharing experiences through empowering initiatives that are rooted in the arts and/or nature-based education.

Reviews of First Nation hiking tours in Canada

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2005 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The location, hosts and the routes they planned.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The routes / hikes are challenging, the lodge is very comfortable but remote. Very eco-conscious....so be mindful of that. Be ready for all types of weather..from hot sun to snow.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - very much so.

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