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CANADA INDIGENOUS CULTURE


“We know our guests want to go beyond being a voyeur on holiday – they want to experience the local culture”


adventure from Vancouver to Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Along the way, they will learn about how Whistler’s indigenous Squamish and Lil’wat nations have co-existed peacefully for centuries through traditional music and stories, before arriving at Aurora Village – touted as one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights. “Canada has been one of our most popular destinations for a while now, so for 2020/21 we wanted to showcase the country in a different light,” says Jessica Shelton-Agar, APT head of sales. “We know our guests want to go beyond being a voyeur on holiday – they want to experience the local culture. Clients will learn how different communities live at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and discover their animal spirit, enjoy local delicacies in Jasper and finish with a flourish at the Aurora Village.”


BELOW: APT’s trip through the Rockies takes in the northern lights


BOOK IT: APT offers the 16-day Winter in the Rockies and the Northern Lights tour from £7,345pp with flights, departing 9 March 2020. • aptouring.co.uk


ANCIENT LEGENDS AND FORAGED FOOD “Our clients are increasingly looking for authentic experiences and to be led by knowledgeable local guides to learn more about the First Nations, Inuit and Metis cultures of Canada,” says Denise Hunn, director of Canada tour operations at Prestige Holidays. “Across the country, there’s a wealth of these experiences, which can last from a few hours to multiple-night stays.” For clients eager to immerse themselves in local culture and history, she recommends the operator’s Quintessential Quebec tour, which includes two nights at the Hotel Musee Premieres Nations in the Wendake First Nations Reserve. Guests can sample traditional dishes eaten by the Huron-Wendat people, with ingredients sourced from the surrounding forest. The hotel is also home to an on-site museum and the Ekionkiestha National Longhouse, where guests can meet storytellers and guardians of First Nations culture.


BOOK IT: Prestige Holidays has the 11-day Quintessential Quebec tour from £2,598pp, including flights, an airport transfer and car rental. Price is based on a 20 June 2020 departure. • prestigeholidays.co.uk


IMMERSION AND LOCAL RHYTHMS Clients looking for an extra cultural experience during a city break in Ottawa have a chance to learn about Canada’s First Nations history. Located in the grounds of Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of History, Indigenous Experiences’ reconstructed First Nations village (tours from £15pp) offers insights into Canada’s original inhabitants through art, music and storytelling workshops. “We love to showcase the authentic dances, music, food and way of life that our communities embrace,” says executive director and member of Curve Lake First Nation, Trina Mather- Simard. “Our location on the banks of the Ottawa river, which for thousands of years served as an important trade route, helps us to put these stories in context. Visitors learn about the past, present and future of our rich culture in a beautiful setting with interactive programming presented by our talented indigenous cultural ambassadors.”


BOOK IT: Funway Holidays has seven nights at the Best Western Plus Gatineau-Ottawa from £1,020pp including flights. Travel is based on a 20 March departure. • funway4agents.co.uk


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