Nothing provides a more life-changing experience during travels than learning the aboriginal culture of a particular locale. In British Columbia, though, the indigenous scene is unique because native artifacts and discoveries are brought to life by its colorfully diverse art galleries and cultural centers or museums throughout the province.
Below you’ll see some of the most recognized arts and culture experience providers in BC, suitable for those who love ethnic immersions.
Haida Heritage Centre
The indigenous Haida people are widely known for their unparalleled skills in trading and excellent craftsmanship of cedar houses and totem poles. If you feel like their heritage is something you don’t want to miss, drop by the Haida Heritage Centre in Kay Llnagaay, located in Skidegate. Once you arrive at this cultural center, you’ll become immersed in the customary ways of living in a village in Haida Gwaii.
Ahtsik Native Art Gallery
The artist-owned Ahtsik Native Art Gallery in Port Alberni showcases the traditional Pacific Northwest art style. Inside this gallery, you’ll see various handcrafted jewelry and wood carvings, such as doors, house beams, masks, poles, and sculptures. Moreover, the art gallery promotes the works of local or regional artists.
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre
The 9,000-square-foot Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, BC, is intended to be a venue for interactive learning with two multimedia theaters and several hands-on displays. The Osoyoos Indian Band owns, operates, and maintains the interpretive center, which features the Okanagan Desert and its wildlife, native people, and culture. Aside from outdoor exhibits, this interpretive center consists of indoor exhibits and trails.
Eagle Aerie Gallery
Renowned Canadian artist Roy Henry Vickers has an art gallery stationed in Tofino, BC. Named the Eagle Aerie Gallery, it is a traditional yet breathtaking Northwest Coast-style longhouse that exhibits his different works of art, including art cards, original prints, and paintings.