“We have been here for more than 15,000 years,” begins the call to action on the new IndigenousCanada.travel site launched by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) earlier this month at Rendez-vous Canada 2018, and inviting travellers to book authentic Indigenous tourism experiences across Canada.
Travellers are invited to visit Indigenous tourism businesses, hear stories, and learn about the various Indigenous tourism experiences across the country.
The 19 travel packages are divided into a Getaway (one to three days) or a Longer Stay (four to seven days) and the site details include information on best time of year to visit, activity level, detailed itinerary, and starting price. Itineraries also detail the authentic Indigenous experiences that visitors will be immersed in during their visit.
Keith Henry, president & CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), “The launch of this stand-alone travel site creates a one-stop shop for visitors heading to any corner of Canada to choose their immersive, authentic Indigenous experience.”
Henry noted that: “Indigenous tourism in Canada is so much more than observing historic items or touring ancient sites all across this country these travel experiences are fun, engaging, and educational.”
Canada’s minister of small business and tourism, Bardish Chagger observed: “Growing Canada’s authentic Indigenous tourism industry is a key area of action for Canada’s Tourism Vision. As these unique and captivating experiences show, Indigenous tourism in Canada is hitting new heights.”
The new site highlights to consumers, travel agents, and tour operators how Indigenous tourism experiences may be added to longer travel itineraries in Canada.
For example, a visit to Montreal may include a stay in a traditional village site showcasing culture by the Innu, Atikamekw, and Anishnabe Aloginquin Nations, while a journey to Vancouver Island could include an exploration of Kwakwaka’wakw and Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw cultures, customs, and outdoor adventures.
Each package is available to be booked directly through the site or by phone at 1-800-665-6345 through ITAC partner The Travel Group. Additional packages and partners will be added over the coming weeks with more than 35 travel packages to be added by the end of the summer season.
For more information, visit https://indigenouscanada.travel/