Exceptional Outdoor Cultural Experience
Storyteller Award
Authentic Indigenous British Columbia

About People, Water, Land Cultural Tour

Your immersive cultural tour will take you deep into the Homalco traditional territory. Travelling across the Salish Sea, brimming with wildlife, to the historic village, Aupe (Church House). On the journey, your First Nation guide will share the traditional stories, history, language and culture of the Homalco peoples.

Take a fascinating interpretive walk around the village, exploring the area’s history and the people who call it home. This village site will come alive while you hear about the Homalco way of life and participate in a hands-on First Nations culture experience, creating your own cedar bracelet.

Throughout your sea voyage, it’s not uncommon to see some of the most majestic sea animals in the world including orcas, humpbacks, and dolphins. At Church House, lucky visitors could even see black bears (mɛxaɬ).

This fantastic cultural experience is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the Indigenous peoples of Canada while exploring the stunning West Coast. It’s family-friendly (for ages 10+) and packed full of information and fun!

WHY CHOOSE US?

Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours is 100% owned by the Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) First Nation and the land you will visit is the traditional territory of Xwémalhkwu First Peoples. We have been providing visitors with world-class wildlife tours for over 20 years. People, Water, Land experience includes both a skipper and an Indigenous guide to provide a full First Nation experience right from Campbell River.

PLUS, our new custom tour boats are unique on the coast, built for comfort and safety, and allow us to access shore locations (specific tours only) without a dock.

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Tour Details

  • All participants must be physically capable to walk off vessels onto land
  • 5 hour tour
  • Heated and covered boat with onboard toilet
  • Snacks and refreshments are included
  • Minimum age: 10 years old (all passengers aged 10 to 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 19+)
  • Check in: 7:00am
  • Disclaimer: Time and tour components subject to change based on safety considerations and weather

What to Bring

  • Hiking shoes with good grip
  • Trails can be slippery - walking poles recommended
  • Warm layered clothing and rain gear
  • Sun hat or hat (toque or beanie)
  • Water bottle to help us in our efforts to reduce single use plastics
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Curiosity and a smile :-)

Most Memorable Day!

Amazing tour! From the get go everyone involved was friendly and personable. The boat itself is great-got us around the Discovery Islands through beautiful channels and water ways. The option to be inside or outside was great. My friends and I enjoyed the heritage and language learning. It was a great tour!

AllAroundCanadian TripAdvisor.com

What People Are Saying On TripAdvisor

Most Memorable Day!

Amazing tour! From the get go everyone involved was friendly and personable. The boat itself is great-got us around the Discovery Islands through beautiful channels and water ways. The option to be inside or outside was great. My friends and I enjoyed the heritage and language learning. It was a great tour!

AllAroundCanadian TripAdvisor.com

Awe Inspiring

This was an absolutely incredible experience. Our guides shared their culture and the stories that have been passed down and told through many generations. They also included personal experiences to make the places we were seeing come alive. Their passion makes the tour second to none. This tour was everything I hoped it would be and would highly recommend it to everyone!

Lynne F TripAdvisor.com

Best of the best!

An absolutely incredible experience. Truly once in a lifetime. I’m so grateful to our guides for sharing their culture and the stories that have been passed down and told through many generations. I can’t wait to tell anyone who will listen how good it was and to bring my family and friends on tours there as soon as it’s safe for them to come visit!

JenJette83 TripAdvisor.com

Deposits & Conservation Fee

STRESS-FREE RESERVATIONS!

  • 2022 tours – Full amount is due upon booking; cancel with full refund up to 48 hours before tour start
  • 2023 tours – A small $50/person deposit is taken with full payment due in 2023; cancel with full refund up to 48 hours prior to tour start

Be sure to check your junk folder for tour confirmation just in case! 

CANCELLATION POLICY:
You can cancel at any time up to 48 hours before your scheduled tour for a FULL refund. Less than 48 hours’ notice is non-refundable. Please see our Covid-19 Updates for questions about Covid-19.

SALMON RESTORATION & CULTURAL REVITALIZATION:
Contributions will be applied for each guest during the booking process. Salmon conservation supports the Homalco Salmon Hatchery in Orford Bay. Cultural revitalization supports Homalco youth in connecting with their language and culture to build pride in their heritage and to keep the Ayajuthem language alive.