Peak travel season has arrived, with Canadians excited to plan their vacations and make the most of summer. After two years of restrictions, a clockwork routine and a lack of new experiences, Canadians may be looking to skip the tried-and-true spots in favour of unique travel experiences that leave them feeling inspired and transformed.
Indigenous-led tourism offers just that: once-in-a-lifetime adventures that focus on active and authentic cultural experiences from an Indigenous lens.
This means that on a wildlife tour, you’re not passively waiting to be shown animals but instead, you’re being taught how to look for them, what the animals provide for the people on the land, traditional food preparations and more.
Some companies may market Indigenous-type experiences, but are not Indigenous-led or don’t support those communities. To support Indigenous culture and communities, travellers can visit Destination Indigenous, where the companies are vetted through the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) to ensure the business is 51 per cent Indigenous-owned and provides authentic First Nation, Métis and/or Inuit experiences.