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“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.


SPIRIT BEARS AND RAINFORESTS 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. • agents.canadianaffair.com


REMOTE ISLANDS AND AGE-OLD TOTEMS The Haida Gwaii archipelago, also known as the Galapagos of the North on account of its complex ecosystem and diverse wildlife, has been home to the Haida First Nations people for more than a millennia. Intrepid’s new Eight-day Haida Gwaii Islands Expedition explores the region’s history and nature, with hunts for ancient totem poles, opportunities to swap stories with the Haida people over dinner and a voyage into Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. “Clients will be led by a local leader, helping


make these remote islands more accessible,” says senior product manager Tara Kennaway. “They will also visit traditional Haida villages that live in harmony with the pristine wilderness in Naikoon Provincial Park, learn about the Haida nation with visits to coastal villages, and [enjoy] shared conversations over home-cooked locally inspired dishes.”


BOOK IT: Intrepid Travel offers the Haida Gwaii islands Expedition from £1,845pp including selected meals, transport and services from a guide. Departures run in June and August 2020. • intrepidtravel.com


LOCAL LIVES AND CELESTIAL MARVELS APT’s new 16-day Winter in the Rockies and Northern Lights trip takes clients on an epic


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PREVIOUS: Indigenous Experiences showcases authentic dancing


ABOVE: Intrepid’s tour includes a hunt for ancient totem poles


BELOW: The “spirit bear” has inspired Canadian Affair’s tour


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