First Nations Experiences

First Nations Experiences
The moments that move us most are those that open our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to a deeper knowledge and understanding of the world we live in. Enhance your travel experience by immersing yourself in the rich history and culture of our indigenous people. Explore the landmarks and traditional ways of life of the Interior Salish against the staggering backdrop of our region.

Route 97 is an ancestral trail running through Washington and British Columbia. First Nations used this trail for thousands of years, unencumbered by the political borders that exist today. Throughout the Interior Cascades of Route 97, you’ll find three Nations: Nlaka’pamux, Okanagan (Syilx), and Secwepemc, each with their own unique dialects, traditions, history, and story.

Nlaka’pamux

The Nlaka’pamux people commonly express themselves artistically, through clothing, face-painting, and jewellery. It is here that you’ll find an exhibit of their experience and dreams, paying homage to the land that they call home. Check out the Kekuli Cafe in Merritt for traditional cuisine, a cultural ambience, and aboriginal art and jewellery on display.

Okanagan

Living in harmony with the land, the Okanagan people are now leaders in education through the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, and the world’s first 100% indigenous-owned winery.

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Photo Credit: Sean Fenzl at Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Secwepemc

The Secwepemc people have a strong understanding of the way plants are used for food, medicine, and tools. Take it all in at the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park in Kamloops, or unwind at Quaaout Lodge and Spa in the Shuswap.

Every summer, the Kamloopa Pow Wow takes place at the Secwepemc Pow Wow Grounds near Kamloops. One of the largest in Western Canada, the celebration is a vibrant expression of heritage through song, dance, and traditional regalia. All are welcome to watch, enjoy, and celebrate.

A Common Ground

Though independently varied, the three Nations all have one thing in common: A deep and profound connection with the elements; the mountains, the forests, the rivers, and the wildlife that call the region home. Embrace the ancient art forms that tell the stories of generations past. Tour the native kekulis (pit houses) and sweat lodges, and enjoy delicious wine. Immerse yourself in a culture deeply woven into the fabric of the region. Lose yourself in an unforgettable travel experience.

Osoyoos First Nations

Photo Credit: AboriginalBC.com

 

 

First Nations Experience Directory

North Okanagan / Shuswap Region

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Address: 1663 Little Shuswap Lake Road, Chase, BC V0E 1M2
250.679.3090250.679.3090
Experience a relaxing, authentic getaway at the Quaaout Lodge in beautiful British Columbia. Nestled in a serene setting overlooking Little Shuswap…

South Okanagan Region

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Address: 8000 45th Street, Osoyoos, BC, Canada
250-495-7279250-495-7279
Nk’Mip RV Park is a remote paradise that has been welcoming families to the South Okanagan for since 1970. Located in Osoyoos, you’ll find Canada’s…
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Address: 1400 Rancher Creek Road, Osoyoos, BC, Canada
250-495-2985250-495-2985
Nk’Mip Cellars is North America’s first aboriginal owned and operated winery, inspired to express the culture in every aspect of the winemaking pro…

Okanogan County

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Address: 28968 U.S. 97, Omak, WA, United States
509-422-4646509-422-4646
Located in the foothills of the Okanogan Highlands, and less than an hour away from the Canadian border, the 12 Tribes Resort Casino is the premier…