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Canada’s First Aboriginal Arts Hotel To Launch In Vancouver

May 8, 2014 Hotel Openings No Comments Email Email

Visitors to Vancouver can immerse themselves in Canada’s rich First Nations culture at the Skwachàys Lodge, an entirely aboriginal-themed hotel, opening this month.

Skwachays-Healing-Lodge, Vancouver, BC.The 18-room boutique arts hotel features distinctly cultural accommodations, built within two floors of the Vancouver Native Housing Society, between Gastown and Chinatown. The building includes an aboriginal art gallery and 25 residential units for the artists.

This experiential hotel, designed by six aboriginal artists and Vancouver-based interior design firms, includes unique themes such as animal spirits, indigenous carvings, blankets and paintings.

The property also features a sweat lodge and gathering places, including an artist’s workshop, smudge room (a room for religious ceremonies) and guest lounge.

Skwachàys Lodge’s historic brick exterior is crowned by a traditional longhouse with a 12-metre-high totem pole, called the “Dreamweaver”, shooting toward the sky, and a video display celebrating First Nations culture sitting half-submerged in a glass sidewalk.

Guests at Skwachàys will also have the opportunity to meet with local aboriginal artists and express their own creativity through hands-on First Nations experiences, such as carving, weaving and painting classes.

With experiential-style hotels ‘with a conscience’ gaining popularity worldwide, Skwachàys is a great example of a sustainable business which provides social benefits to the local community.

The Lodge and Gallery were originally conceived as social enterprises to provide support and housing for urban Aboriginals and to accommodation to aboriginal guests coming from remote areas for medical purposes.

When it is completed, rooms will cost approximately AU$230 per night, a rate that is comparable to other Vancouver boutique hotels.

To learn more, click here.

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