Eco Tours & Aboriginal Cultural Experiences
Experience the wild beauty of British Columbia’s coastal rainforests through the eyes of your First Nations guide as they share their culture, history and traditions. Get out on the water to view wildlife, roam remote beaches, or listen to stories and learn how to weave cedar or make drums. k’awat’si Tours is your connection to Indigenous culture in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.
Wa’p & Bi’dagwa’nam
Come aboard and witness a truly magnificent natural marvel - the Nakwakto Rapids are the fastest navigable tidal rapids on Earth! The untouched wilderness and coast will leave you in amazement as you learn about the Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw First Nations history on these waters and the deeply seeded roots of their ancestors.
A’wi’nagwitl, K’waxala & U’ligan
Travel with us in our climate controlled passenger motor coach to San Josef Bay, one of the most beautiful and iconic beaches on the West Coast. Located in Cape Scott Provincial Park, San Josef Bay is popular for its beautiful sandy beach and infamous rock stack formations.
Wa’p & Max’inux
Climb aboard and discover Hardy Bay, God’s Pocket or wherever the wildlife may be! Our local guide will take you for a 2-hour adventure where you could see marine mammals such as whales, porpoises, stellar sea lions and marine birds.
Ḱutala, A’wi’nagwitl, K’waxala & Kwikw
Jump into the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre and explore the beautiful Storey’s Beach. The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre is a beautiful facility that is home to the interpretive centre and is also a fully operational enhancement salmonid hatchery.
Port Hardy has three Nations in the region; the Quatsino Nation, Fort Rupert (Kwakiutl) Nation, and the Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw Nation. Each week there will be an Elder from one of the three Nations that will share their story of legends of their people and their family.
Singing and dancing is a common tradition among thousands of cultures across the world. The Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw and other First Nations use song and dance to tell stories, share legends, recreate history, celebrate traditional ceremonies, build community and have fun!
Drums are deeply rooted in First Nations cultures and we want to share this spiritual practice. Join us and learn the drum making process; as a feasting and potlatching people, we have made drums to sing our songs and tell stories.
Ha’matla Lel’gwatla’tle & K’waxala
For thousands of years the Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw and surrounding Coastal First Nations have weaved cedar fibers into goods that could be traded or used for personal use. From hats, jewelry, baskets and household mats; cedar weaving is a very effective and versatile method to create beautiful objects from nature.