Campbell River, BC, Canada
The Homalco Band has been making efforts over the past few years to reconnect to their traditional lands along the Orford River. The area is abundant with wildlife, being a prime location for grizzly bear viewing. The Band is working with their youth to create cultural experiences for the many visitors who are expected to enjoy this wonderful tour . For many living in coastal B.C., the opportunity is rare to travel up into these far away inlets to enjoy their outstanding beauty. Rarer still is the opportunity to visit a First Nations reserve and to experience an ancient culture . The tour will include the opportunity to paddle a traditional Salish design canoe,( WEATHER PERMITTING ) witness a demonstration of cedar weaving (and learn how to weave a simple piece), learn Homalco history, visit with a Homalco artist, peek in at a hatchery and visit the grizzly bear platforms. If local wildlife make an appearance that will be a SPECTACULAR bonus. ENJOY AN UNHURRIED AND RELAXING DAY ! But of special note will be a delicious traditional seafood feast ENDING YOUR DAY. This meal is sure to be a delight.
YOUR HOMALCO CULTURAL TOUR INCLUDES:
- TRADITIONAL HOMALCO WELCOME
- PADDLE A SALISH DESIGN CANOE
- LEARN TO WEAVE IN THE HOMALCO TRADITION
- LEARN HOMALCO HISTORY
- VISIT WITH A HOMALCO ARTIST
- TOUR OUR HATCHERY AND BEAR PLATFORMS
- ENJOY A WONDERFUL HOMALCO SEAFOOD FEAST
It has taken many years, but at last the Homalco Indian Band of Campbell River have come full circle; reclaiming their history on their own ancestral lands. Homalco means ‘people of turbulent, or fast running water’. The Homalco language is a Coast Salish dialect, and their core traditional territory extends from Dent Island to the vicinity of Raza Passage and includes all of Bute Inlet.