Looking to explore and appreciate Canada’s rich Indigenous history? Airbnb has recently partnered with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada to promote and support Indigenous-owned businesses and attractions.
Guests can visit the First Nations of Manitoulin Island in Ontario; Quebec City, home to the Huron-Wendat People; as well as Kamloops, B.C., where the Secwepemc or Shuswap People live. Experiences include canoeing, kayaking and guided scenic walking tours.
Candace Campo, a member of the Shishalh and Squamish Indigenous communities, has led walking tours in and around Vancouver for years and decided to become an Airbnb Experience host in the hopes of amplifying awareness of her tourism endeavours. “I was aware and confident that Airbnb Experiences would successfully promote our walking tour experiences,” she told us over email. “I was hopeful sales would grow with Airbnb and they have, as we host hundreds of Airbnb Experience guests each year.”
Candace and her husband lead two different walking tours in Stanley Park, educating guests about the rich and lived history of the land. “We are ambassadors for our peoples and we want our guests to take away a deeper understanding of the rich history of our Indigenous communities and our lands known today as Vancouver and British Columbia,” wrote Campo. “We want people to know that before the city of Vancouver and the park, known as Stanley Park, came to be just over 130 years ago, there were Indigenous societies that lived here for over 14,000 years and we lived in a respectful way with the land and each other.”
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