Splash out with the Tsleil-Waututh NationVancouver, British Colombia
Glide across the water as you power a replica ocean-going canoe, modelled on the type used traditionally by the people of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver on Canada’s southwest coast. After a traditional welcome, you’ll be given a quick rundown on the canoes before paddling the protected waters of Burrard Inlet and the fjord of Indian Arm.
Along the way, your First Nations guides will point out ancient village sites, regale the group with legends and sing a song or two. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, which can include seals and bald eagles. You’ll join a maximum of 19 other guests for the Takaya Tours expeditions, ranging from two to four hours. You can also choose one that includes a guided rainforest walk.
- A chance to learn about Canada’s First Nations people
- From August to November you can join a spawning salmon tour and witness this incredible natural event from the water
- These eight-metre-long replica ocean-going canoes are pretty amazing bits of kit
- You need to book at least two weeks in advance, so this is no place to be spontaneous
A two-hour trip costs about US$50.
Canoe tours are conducted seasonally between 1 May and 31 October each year.