The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) own and operate the winery, which is situated on its 32,000 acres of Sonoran Desert–like land. Nk’Mip translates to “bottomland,” referring to the OIB’s location at the southern end of the Osoyoos reserve, which was established in 1877.
Nestled in a vineyard overlooking the town of Osoyoos, the Cellars include a world-class restaurant offering a locally sourced and lavishly prepared menu enjoyed on an expansive patio and enhanced by spectacular views of the lake and surrounding hills.
Nk’Mip Cellars offers premium table wines in a wide variety. Qwam Qwmt (pronounced kw-em kw-empt) in the Okanagan language spoken by the OIB translates to ‘achieving excellence’. Their estate wine by the same name, is produced in limited quantities and sourced from the finest grapes grown on the 40 year old Inkameep Vineyards.
Quaaout Lodge & Spa
Quaaout mean’s “the land where the sun’s rays first touch the ground” was built 28 years ago to showcase the skills of the Little Shuswap Lake Band. The lodge overlooks Little Shuswap Lake and is surrounded by mountains. Quaaout Lodge is a 45 minute drive from Kamloops.
Executive chef Chris Whittaker, an inductee in the BC Food Hall of Fame, heads the kitchen at Jack Sam’s.
Another gem for Quaaout is Talking Rock Golf Course which was voted the #19 public course in Canada for 2019 by PGA of Canada. Designed by acclaimed Canadian architects Graham Cooke and Wayne Carlton, the course meanders through a mature forest before ending with a spectacular 18th hole along the Little Shuswap Lake shoreline.
St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
St. Eugene Resort is a proudly owned First Nations resort in the heart of the Kootenays. The resort is currently offering only 40 rooms per night, allowing the hotel to rotate rooms and provide thorough deep cleaning and sanitization before they are made available to guests. Physical distancing measures will be strictly monitored and enforced.
“The first few days of opening have been great so far. We have demonstrated over the past six weeks at our golf course and RV Park that we can accommodate guests safely,” said Michael Sprake, Sales and Marketing Manager. “With the physical distancing, sanitization and other safety measures we have put in place, we are confident that our hotel guests and employees will be safe.”
The resort’s casino, like all casinos in B.C., remains closed.
Wya Point Resort
Wya Point Resort is located a few kilometres outside Ucluelet on private beaches surrounded by 600 acres of old-growth forest on Ucluelet First Nation’s traditional territory.
Built on the site of an old village, visitors have a choice of luxurious lodge accommodations, waterfront yurts and beachfront camping. Activities include surf lessons, fishing charters, whale watching tours.
Sea Wolf Adventures
Run out of Port McNeill, located on Vancouver Island’s north-east shore on Queen Charlotte Strait, Sea Wolf Adventures is 100 per cent owned and operated by Indigenous peoples.
Guides provide boar tours of Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rainforest. Tours usually leave early morning, up Knight Inlet to view grizzly bears as they forage at low tide. In the afternoons the tour heads out for whale watching combined with cultural experiences in traditional First Nations’ territory.
Bill Reid Art Gallery
Named after Haida artist Bill Reid who was a master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer, and broadcaster the gallery is Canada’s only public gallery dedicated to contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast.
To celebrate the centennial birthday of Bill Reid (1920–1998) the gallery will be presenting an exhibition, To Speak With a Golden Voice, from July 16 to April 11, 202 . Guest curated by Gwaai Edenshaw — considered to be Reid’s last apprentice — the group exhibition will include rarely seen treasures by Reid and works from artists such as Robert Davidson and Beau Dick.
Tracing the iconic Haida artist’s lasting influence, two new artworks by contemporary artist Cori Savard (Haida) and singer-songwriter Kinnie Starr will be created for the exhibition.
The gallery is located in downtown Vancouver and open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm.
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Designed to evoke the form of a Squamish Longhouse and Lil’wat Istken (earthen dwelling), the SLCC in Whistler embodies the spirit of partnership between two unique Nations “who wish to preserve, foster, and share their traditional cultures.”
Visitors are welcomed with a traditional song and presented with a 15 minute film about the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. Self guided tours of the centre’s three galleries are allowed with cultural ambassadors available to answer questions. Guest are also invited to view the long house and pit house on the property, as well as take part in a forest walk.
The cultural centre is open 10 am – 5pm Thursday – Sunday.
The Lodge and Residence on West Pender Street in Vancouver is a enterprise created by social housing organization, Vancouver Native Housing Society. The building houses a fair trade Indigenous art gallery, boutique hotel, and an urban Indigenous artist residence.
The gallery is open, but the top three floors containing the 18 boutique-hotel units is not expected to open until August. The gallery on the ground floor showcases Indigenous artistic and cultural work. The rooftop sweat lodge and smudge room used for spiritual cleansing, will remain closed due to social distancing protocols.
Takaya Tours is the culmination of the desire to explain the unique history of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to tourists and local students while empowering indigenous peoples. Having had a deep and meaningful relationship with the waters, the Nation felt it was important to share these stories and icons with the world.
Working as a team, groups paddle traditional 40-foot ocean-going canoes and kayaks into ancestral village sites, learning the historyof the land and the people while embracing the calming and healing properties of the waters. Through song, story and spectacle, visitors come away with a sense of TWN’s strong cultural pride and identity.
Due to social distancing protocols tours by canoes has been suspended but Takaya Tours is offering tours by kayaks.
Talaysay Tours – Talking Trees Tour
Talaysay Tours is operating out of Stanley Park, Squamish and the North Shore. Candace Campo, owner and operator says they are taking personal booking “and working with people in their own bubbles, so as not to mix groups.”
The 1.5 hour Talking Trees Tours offers an Aboriginal cultural and eco-tourism experiences in Stanley Park.
First Nation guides share their ancient and contemporary stories, legends, and Aboriginal ways of living as they take you through old growth forests.
Explore beautiful locations in and near Vancouver with a local First Nations guide and cultural ambassador. Along the path, your guide will point out local plants that were harvested by Skwxu7mesh Uxwumixw – Coast Salish people. Talking Trees shares the stories of people, the land and the harmonious ways of living.