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Things to See and Do on Vancouver Island, British Columbia 
 
by Mary M. Alward August 12, 2005

Quw’utsun’ Cultural Center

The Quw’utsun’ Cultural Center offers a Coast Salish experience that is rich in native history. All of the interpreters are from the Cowichan Tribes. Listen to oral legends, stories and teachings that have been part of Coast Salish culture since before recorded history. Traditions have been handed down through generations. Watch live native demonstrations and entertainment, take a cultural tour and watched skilled local carvers transform cedar into time honored symbols. Enjoy a traditional Coast Salish meal of barbecued salmon or visit the Riverwalk Café, which is located on the banks of the Cowichan River.

The Quw’utsun’ Cultural Center is located in Duncan, just a 45 minute drive from downtown Victoria. Drive through Goldstream Provincial Park to see spawning salmon, soaring and nesting eagles and a variety of other wildlife. Then, travel over the Malahat, which offers panoramic views of numerous gulf islands and the Pacific Ocean.

Quw’utsun’ Cultural Center is located just off the Trans Canada Highway. The six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds around the Center will leave you breathless. The color and pageantry of the Coast Salish Nation is filled with warmth and helps bridge the gap that exists between cultures. The Center has plenty of parking, is wheelchair accessible and family oriented. Attractions include exhibits, demonstrations, Coast Salish crafts and allows you to create your own dreamcatcher or beaded bracelet as a keepsake of your visit.

Pacific Undersea Gardens

If you’re looking for a wonderful family adventure, take in the Pacific Undersea Gardens. This is an exciting way to view the marine life of coastal British Columbia and the attraction is conveniently located in Victoria’s Inner Harbor.

Descend 15 feet (5 meters) below the ocean to see truly remarkable species of marine animals and plants. More than 5,000 marine animal species inhabit the aquarium in a natural environment that provides them protection from predators. Visitors to the Pacific Undersea Gardens view marine animals and plants through a series of viewer windows. The attraction is family oriented, provides pay parking, guided tours and special family rates, as well as entertaining and educational information. It’s a great way to see the wondrous sights of the Pacific Northwest.

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