Indigenous tours and outdoor adventures
Learn about Indigenous cultures and explore the unique bond with the natural world on a guided tour or land-based activity.
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Indigenous experiences in Northern Ontario
Point Grondine Park, part of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, is a First Nations-owned and -operated 7000+ hectare park. Connect to the land of the Anishnaabek on wilderness hiking trails and paddling routes along Georgian Bay. In partnership with Wikwemikong Tourism, the park offers guided nature-based and cultural experiences.
Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory is the largest First Nations community on Manitoulin Island, the Anishnaabek of the Three Fires Confederacy—the Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomi Peoples. Supporting local tourism operators, Wikwemikong Tourism offers a variety of outdoor experiences that reflect the culture and traditions of the Anishnaabek people, from fishing to hiking.
Note: stay at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre, a stunning First Nations-owned and -designed hotel located on the north channel of Lake Huron in Little Current
Location: Manitoulin Island
Experience epic fishing, witness beautiful scenery and learn local Indigenous history and legends around Manitoulin Island. Customize your perfect fishing trip for salmon, rainbow or lake trout, walleye, northern pike or muskie.
With access to thousands of kilometres of Northern Ontario trails, you’ll never run out of adventure with this fully guided ATV tour operator. Half-day, full-day, weekend and custom trips available, as well as male and female guides including First Nations owner and operator Arthur Trudeau.
Location: Espaniel Road, Massey
In addition to kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) equipment rentals, the Algonquin Canoe Company also provides GPS points throughout the traditional Wolf Lake First Nations territory highlighting portage routes, campsites, sight-seeing areas, historical sites and other points of interest. Owned and operated by the Algonquin First Nation.
Location: Long Sault Island, ON-63, Thorne
Inspired by their French-Canadian Voyageur heritage and incorporating Indigenous and Voyageur culture, this family-owned and operated outfitting and guiding service provides a variety of authentic, back-country canoe trips and lodge-based getaways in Quetico Provincial Park.
Location: Atikokan and Quetico Provincial Park
Thrive Tours is an award-winning, Indigenous-owned and -operated, guided, eco-cultural tourism company located in Sault Ste. Marie. Their unique tours connect visitors with Algoma’s wilderness on canoe, kayak, hiking, snowshoeing and year-round camping trips while sharing local Indigenous history and practices.
Location: 18 McPhail Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie
An Indigenous-owned and -operated eco produce farm offering a variety of guided 1- and 2-hour agri-tours, including intro to wild edibles, composting, solar, geodesic dome design demonstrations and more. Two-person minimum.
Location: 3820 Highway 17 East, Mattawa
Based about a half-hour drive west of Thunder Bay, experience authentic Anishnaabek interpretative and guided land-based activities and experiences such as wildlife viewing, paddling, hiking, snowshoeing and drum making.
Location: 356 Little Trout Bay Road, Neebing
Indigenous experiences in Southern Ontario
Choose from a series of group tours offered by Ottawa’s Indigenous Experiences, which showcase foods, performances and displays of visual art from a variety of Indigenous cultures. Experiences take place in Gatineau, as well as at Mādahòkì Farm in Nepean.
Owned and operated by the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Cape Croker Park is the largest Indigenous operation in Bruce County and was recently recognized for its innovation in sustainability.
Explore the gorgeous Bruce Peninsula landscapes, vistas and shorelines on guided land- and water-based adventures. The park also features over 300 camping sites and a maple syrup business and offers Indigenous cultural programming.
Learn traditional and modern fishing techniques from this Indigenous-owned and -operated outfitting company located on the Curve Lake First Nation in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes.
Owner and lead professional guide Michael Williams honours his Ojibwe heritage by sharing and demonstrating Indigenous knowledge with visitors, as well as using contemporary vessels and safety equipment. Full- and half-day guided packages are available.
Location: 1096 Mississauga Street, Ennismore
Experience stirring Métis and First Nations music, storytelling, art and culture and be introduced to rare Ojibwe spirit horses, the "little horses of the big woods" on this one-of-a-kind, 3-hour encounter. TJ Stables is a recreational horse stable just outside Chatham.
Location: 837 Gregory Drive East, Chatham
Immerse yourself in authentic Haudenosaunee culture of the Six Nations of the Grand River through guided cultural, environmental and archaeological tours, as well as by exploring and enjoying the beauty and peace of ancient forests, grasslands and rivers. Open year-round, the park also features a boat ramp, playground, canoe and kayak rentals, campgrounds and over a dozen new, super cozy cabins (three are pet-friendly, two are accessible).
Location: 1037 Brant County Highway 54, Caledonia
Learn about the Ojibwe People and the First Nation of the Chippewas of Georgina Island through guided experiences like educational trail walks, storytelling, performances and workshops. Based on the Chippewas of Georgina Island, First Nations Cultural Tours is Indigenous-owned and -operated.
Location: Georgina Island
The Royal Botanical Gardens is an extensive, year-round, natural attraction featuring sprawling gardens, an arboretum, trails and programs geared toward educating about horticulture and conservation. Follow the Journey to Anishinaabe Knowledge trail that explores Indigenous flora used by First Nations Peoples.
Interpretive nodes and audio devices offer information about the plants and their connection to culture, language, ecology and history. Starting in the Arboretum near the Nature Interpretive Centre, the trail extends over a kilometre to Hickory Valley. The trail was created in collaboration with Elders of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and with consultation from Joseph Pitawanakwat, plant educator from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Nation.
Location: 680 Plains Road West, Burlington
Last updated: August 22, 2023