Dreaming of a midsummer getaway but feeling constrained by COVID-19? Consider changing course and entertain an adventure led by experienced Indigenous guides and outfitters.
So many new experiences are available to Canadian travellers through the Escape from Home initiative, which includes small group guided hiking tours (while foraging along ancient Indigenous trails), guided adrenaline rushes with a Via Ferrata mountain climbing experience, and cultural explorers will not want to miss the over 20 Indigenous museums and cultural experiences spread across the country.
We are including compassionate and inclusive* adventures in all parts of Canada, not that we are proposing travelling between provinces, but so that you may share with family outside of Vancouver.
New Adventure Announced Weekly
Presented by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), each week’s Escape from Home theme is incredible!
“Our goal is to provide multiple resources for travellers to be inspired and begin planning a trip which includes a variety of Indigenous experiences,” says Keith Henry, ITAC’s President and CEO. “As Indigenous operators open up across the country and are ready to welcome visitors, we are sending in our own storytellers to document what visitors can expect and we know they won’t be disappointed.”
4 Incredible ‘Escape from Home’ Adventures
- Huron-Wendat Museum, Wendake, Quebec – With its permanent and temporary exhibitions, cultural activities, animated and guided tours (with audio-tours available in 6 languages) and an Ekionkiestha’ national longhouse, the Huron-Wendat Museum invites visitors on a real journey through time and history.
- Calgary, Alberta’s Zucmin Guiding which specializes in individual and small group hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and camping with a uniquely Indigenous focus. Zuc’min guides are all certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and have knowledge and experience of the Canadian Mountain Parks and Foothills in Alberta as well as the mountains of British Columbia‘s interior.
- During Nova Scotia’s Eskasoni Cultural Journey, visitors stroll along a wooded waterside pathway with Mi’kmaq Guides clad in traditional, homemade regalia and moccasins. This three-hour experience is set along a 2.3-km trail around Goat Island on Cape Breton’s tranquil Bras d’Or Lakes and visitors experience a series of stations manned by passionate band members who present stories of past and present Mi’kmaq culture.
- Girth Hitch Guiding is based out of Red Deer, Alberta and offers mountain guiding in the Canadian Rockies with a focus on personal transformation. As a proud Métis man, Tim Taylor’s heritage is aligned with the stories and legends of the David Thompson Corridor and his passion for the mountains he calls home is rooted in his Cultural background.
More examples of Indigenous adventures and experiences being featured in Destination Indigenous’ ‘Escape from Home’ campaign!
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