The culture of Vancouver Island is as diverse as the people who inhabit it with one important commonality - a connection to the earth. The First Nations have called this region home for at least 5,000 years. Petroglyph sites can be found all over the island, telling stories of how the ancestors and this land came to be. Totem poles and longhouses scatter across communities marking territory and welcoming travelers.
There are 3 distinct First Nations groups across Vancouver Island; the Kwakwaka'wakw, the Nootka and the Coastal Salish - each tribe found unique ways to use the flora and fauna specific to the region to help make, shelter, tools, cloths and art. The Arts community is alive and very distinctive on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Discovery Islands. From music & arts festivals, in-home studio tours, to buskers on the harbourfront there is lots to see and do to experience the unique Island-time culture of Vancouver Island.