• GUIDED GROUNDS TOURS: • Coqualeetza (Chilliwack) • St Mary's Residential School (Mission)
• GUIDED BUS TOURS: • Bad Rock (Chilliwack/Yale/Hope) • Chilliwack Lake • Sumas
• GUIDED WATER TOURS: • Harrison Lake • Harrison River • Fraser River
• CUSTOM TOURS/EVENTS: • Full Days • Half Days • Speaking Engagements
You are welcomed to experience and learn about the traditions, history, culture, language and stories of the Stó:lō People. Explore the magnificent Stó:lō-Coast Salish traditional territory.
Stó:lō territory is a cultural treasure within the Fraser Valley and into the Canyon, surrounded by majestic mountains and centred around the Fraser River. Discover the stories and Hal’qeméylem place names. You can view cultural artifacts, hear our oral history that supports our Stó:lō traditions, visit our newly renovated interpretive centre and learn about our history and region, visit our longhouse, walk through the Coqualeetza grounds and explore our educational kiosks, shop and enjoy traditional artwork, and meet the people.
GUIDED GROUNDS TOURS - booking: 604-824-3211 firstname.lastname@example.org
COQUALEETZA GROUNDS TOUR (#10-7201 Vedder Rd., Chilliwack BC)
Discover the culture, traditions, history. Learn about art, plants, collections and language of the Stó:lō people. Step into the Coqualeetza Longhouse and be welcomed with traditional drumming and song. Explore the Stó:lō Resource Centre and learn about the authentic Coast Salish basket and archaeological collections including Man Turned to Stone: T'xwelátse.
CULTURAL INTERPRETIVE CENTRE - Free to visit
Visit the newly renovated Stó:lō Interpretive Centre for educational exhibits, stone collections, Sepass traditional war canoe, woven shawls, cedar baskets, dip net fishing traditions and more. We are Stó:lō (People of the River) here to share our Sxwoxwiyám and Sqwelqwel (stories of long ago and today) Ey kwesé e’mi ~ welcome.
ST MARY'S (former) RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL (Mission BC)
Our education team also offers guided tours to Xá:ytem in Mission (Hatzic) BC. Learn the legends of the Hatzic rock and traditional pit houses and also available guided educational tours of St. Mary's, former Residential School in Mission.
Email: email@example.com or phone: 604-824-3211 to arrange your guided grounds tour. Small and large groups welcome.
GUIDED CULTURAL ROAD TOURS (Via bus)
Phone: 604-824-3211 or go to: https://www.stologiftshop.com/tour-packages
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.
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.
Listen and learn about the unique relationship that the Stó:lō, “the People of the River”, have with their land and their environment, through the narratives provided by Naxaxalhts’i, who has studied Halq’eméylem place names from fluent Halq’eméylem speaking Elders for over 30 years. Experience the special significance of Halq’eméylem place names from the award winning book, A Stó:lō-Coast Salish Historical Atlas. Learn the three main dialects of the Halkomelem language, the two main aspects of Stó:lō oral history, Sxwōxwiyám and Sqwelqwel, and the special connection Stó:lō maintain with their environment through their Shxwelí, or “spirit, life force”. Enjoy the majestic mountains and waterways of S’ólh Témèxw, “Our Land, Our World”.
GUIDED BAD ROCK (UPRIVER) TOUR
Offering 'Bad Rock" Place Names tour (Chilliwack to Hope, through to Yale and return)
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.
Bad Rock Road Tour Itinerary Options
Full Day: Begins at 9:00 am and runs for the full day to 4:00 pm with stops of interest and lunch break. Travel from: Chilliwack (SRC) up the valley to Tomtomiyeqw Lookout, Thunderbird Mountain, Kawakawa Lake, Coquihalla Fishing Rock, Telte-Yet Pithouse then through to the Lady Franklin Rock (Bad Rock) in Yale.
Half Day: Shortened 3 hour tour that will travel direct from Chilliwack (SRC) to Lady Franklin Rock (Bad Rock) Yale for one hour narration and return to Chilliwack (no stops of interest or lunch break)
GUIDED DOWNRIVER TOURS
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.
GUIDED 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 in front of Stó:lō Nation building #10 located in Chilliwack at 7201 Vedder Road.
For your best experience: Dress appropriately (in layers is best) and wear comfortable shoes suitable for light mobility. 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, or you are welcomed to bring your own refreshments and lunch. Note: itinerary can be suited to your group, timeframe and budget.