Explore the magnificent Stó:lō-Coast Salish people and traditional territory. Stó:lō Tourism is a hidden treasure within the Fraser Valley with exciting and memorable experiences for everyone. You can view cultural artifacts, hear our oral history that supports our Stó:lō laws, visit interpretive centres and longhouses, create traditional artwork, learn about our history, and meet the people.
Stó:lō Tourism provides opportunities to explore and experience S’ólh Téméxw ('Our World; Our Land') - the unique and beautiful world of the Stó:lō people. Tours, events, shopping and accommodation information are available.
You are invited to experience an authentic and guided tour of the Coqualeetza grounds, located on Vedder Road in the community of Chilliwack B.C. in the heart of the Fraser Valley. Step into the longhouse and be greeted by our Stó:lō cultural education team as we begin with a traditional welcome drumming song, then be captivated by the ancient stories of the Stó:lō people, traditions, and cultural teachings. Explore the Interpretive Centre’s unique fishing, weaving, and cultural exhibits, award winning Research and Resource Centre housing ancient artifacts, beautiful Coast Salish basket collection, Halq’eméylem language art, Stan Greene feature art piece and T’ixwelatsa, “Man Turned to Stone”. Immerse yourself as you walk through the grounds and discover the stories passed down through the generations of the indigenous peoples. A great opportunity for local residents, visitors and those wishing to learn about the Stó:lō people of the river, the grounds and traditional ways. Connect with stories of long ago and today. (Takes approx 2 hours)
For the more adventurous we offer guided road trips, in collaboration with SRRMC’s Bad Rock Tours. Travel with us and learn about the unique relationship between the Stó:lō, “the People of the River”, the land and environment through the experienced narratives while enjoying our majestic mountain, valley and canyon setting.
Full & half day group tours available by arrangement.
Our education team also offers guided road tours to Xá:ytem in Mission (Hatzic) BC. Learn the legends of the Hatzic rock and traditional pit houses.
Bad Rock Tours
Explore the cultural landscape of the beautiful traditional Stó:lō territory with Naxaxalhts'i, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie. Naxaxalhts`i is currently the Cultural Advisor and Stó:lō Historian for the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre. Naxaxalhts’i has studied Halq’eméylem place names for 21 years. Naxaxalhts`i will narrate the land – telling the Sxowxiyám and Swelqwels, the legends and the true stories, that give shape to the Stó:lō culture, history and people.
Be captivated in the beauty and ancient stories of the area in a full or half-day Fraser River tour destined for the scenic Fraser Canyon above historic Yale B.C to the special stops of interests including the fishing rock known as Kw’ikw’iyá:la. (Coquihalla).
Full & half day group tours available by arrangement.
Enjoy the majestic mountains and waterways of the Upper Fraser Valley on a tour departing from Chilliwack destined for the scenic Fraser Canyon above historic Yale B.C. Listen and learn about the unique relationship between the Stó:lō, “the River People”, their land and their environment.
Special stops of interests may include the fishing rock known as Kw’ik-w’iyá:la (Coquihalla); the pool of origin for the sacred sxwó:yxwey mask; hear about the s’ó:lmexw or “waterbabies” and the mimestíyexw or the “little people” of the forest; see the remains of a sqémél (pithouse: or in Chinook “keekwillie”) last used in the 1880’s; and see where Xexá:ls the transformers left scratch marks at a place where he did battle with Xéylxe-lamós, an Indian Doctor; hear about the stl’áleqem or spiritual beings. Learn up to 120 Halq’méylem place names including the original names of Lhílheqey for Mt. Cheam, Ts’qó:ls for Hope, Xwoxwelá:lhp for Yale, and Xéylxelamós for Lady Franklin Rock, and many other Halq’eméylem Place Names.
This tour departs from Chilliwack destined for the scenic route through Cultus Lake, Abbotsford, Mission, and Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.
Hear about Kwikw’alith’a, Sq’ewqéyl, Ch’iyáqtel, Th’ewá:li and Swílhcha; special stops of interests include Cultus Lake home of a T’liteqo Spá:th (underwater bear);hear about the Barrowtown Pump Station and the the draining of Semá:th Lake; — explore Sto:lo history, culture and archaeology; learn about Xexá:ls transformations like Méqsel, Xá:ytem, Tixwelátsa, Qwél:es, and Chítmexw; hear about the stl’áleqem or spiritual beings. Learn the Halq’méylem place names including the original names of Qoqó:lem for Vedder Mountain, Teq’qéyex for Sumas Mountain, and Xweqw’eyíqw for Echo Island, and many more Halq’eméylem Place Names.
“Chilliwack River Valley Tour”
The newly develop tour travelling through Chilliwack following the Chilliwack River and its creeks and sloughs. This tour will take you through Skowkale and Tzeachten territories before heading toward the Chilliwack Lake.
Special stops of interest may include the Centre Creek site known as Stehiyáq “place of fish trap”; Sxótsaqel “sacred lake” or “something that’s sacred” (Chilliwack Lake); a short hike to the Chipmunk Caves off Chipmunk Creek Forest Service Road; Iy’oythel “always a mouth” or “good mouth”, Allison Pools recreation site, where pithouses were located; and we hear about many other Halq’eméylem Place Names
Full day tours begin at the Coqualeetza grounds at approximately at 8:30 am in front of Stó:lō Nation building #10 located in Chilliwack at 7201 Vedder road and return approximately at 4:00 pm. Dress appropriately (in layers is best) and wear comfortable shoes suitable for mild hiking. Don’t forget your camera, binoculars, & umbrella! Lunch and refreshments are not typically included in Bad Rock tours but can be arranged for your group at an extra cost. Note: itinerary can be suited to your group, timeframe and budget.