8 Indigenous Tourism Experiences To Book in 2024

From angling to paddling to local cuisine and more—no matter what kind of adventure you're looking for in 2024, these businesses are ready to provide you and your family with a top-notch adventure!
People paddling a big wooden canoe on a blue lake.

With a ton of experiences on offer for every taste and skill set, it's never been easier to book your next sustainable adventure with an Indigenous-owned operator in Ontario. We've rounded up some amazing spots to add to your bucket list in 2024. Visit Indigenous Experiences to discover more and help plan your vacation. 

1. Mukwa Adventures

For the ATV Lover

A vast network of ATV trails spanning thousands of kilometres weaves through the scenic landscapes of Northern Ontario. Mukwa Adventures, an Indigenous-owned ATV tour operator situated in Sagamok First Nation, along Lake Huron's North Channel, serves as your key to navigating this labyrinth. Led by owner-operator Arthur Trudeau, a proud member of the First Nations community with a deep passion for backcountry exploration, Mukwa, which means "bear" in Anishinaabemowin, offers half-day, full-day, and weekend ATV trips tailored to enthusiasts of all skill levels. Custom tours are also available—just ask! 

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2. Minaki Yurt Adventures

For the Glamper

Minaki Yurt Adventures provides waterfront accommodations and outdoor activities in the wilderness of northwestern Ontario’s Sunset Country, near Kenora. Five yurts are available, ranging from small and intimate to the palatial 260-square-metre Mee-naa-kee yurt for families and groups. The company also maintains 20 kilometres of trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing, and offers kayaking, canoeing, and standup paddleboarding.

a yurt in winter

3. Thrive Tours

For the Paddler

Indigenous-owned and operated Thrive Tours provides visitors with an immersive experience in the culture, history, and landscapes of Baawaating, the place by the rapids, and the surrounding wilderness of Algoma. One of Thrive Tours' many offerings includes guided paddling experiences on the historic St. Marys River, providing a unique glimpse of natural oases on the urban waterfront. The company also leads guided hikes for individuals and families of all levels, in all seasons, as well as painting workshops and snowshoeing tours. 

A group of people paddling in three canoes with trees in the background.

4. Voyageur Wilderness

For the Adventurer

Situated on Voyageur Island within Nym Lake, Northwestern Ontario, this eco-tourism enterprise, run by a Métis family, has been offering immersive cultural tours of the region since its inception. With its roots in the French Canadian voyageurs of the fur trade era, the business, under the Savoie family's stewardship since 1986, remains dedicated to upholding environmentally sustainable practices.

A guided canoe expedition with Voyageur Wilderness offers an unforgettable experience in the Canadian wilderness. Choose from five- to nine-day excursions while enjoying comfortable accommodations in both cabins and backcountry settings. Alternatively, guests can opt for a cabin rental, allowing independent exploration—an excellent choice for those seeking a more solo Quetico canoe adventure. The company even has a massive replica Voyageur canoe, well-suited for group outings!

A number of people sit around a campfire in front of a white teepe at dusk.

5. Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung 

For the Knowledge Seeker

The Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung historical site, also known as the Manitou Mounds, is an important Indigenous burial ground located in Northwest Ontario, close to the Minnesota border. Under the stewardship of the Anishinaabeg of Rainy River First Nations, the National Historic Site is open to visitors and makes for a unique and meaningful destination on your next road trip. Walk the many scenic trails, explore the river terrace, and do some birdwatching—bicycle and snowshoe rentals are available depending on the season. The visitors centre offers a host of family-friendly exhibits and is home to more than 16,000 artefacts.   

A green pastoral landscape with rolling hills and blue sky.

6. Manitoulin Island Hotel and Conference Centre

For the Luxury Lover

Set overlooking the North Channel of Lake Huron on the world’s largest freshwater island, this chic hotel taps into the island's Indigenous heritage, from the décor in its spacious rooms to the menu offerings at its on-site North46 Restaurant, to the tours and activities available here (including drumming sessions, interpretive walks, and a traditional Indigenous feast). But while the property is steeped in tradition, it offers all the modern comforts visitors might want, from flat-screen TVs and free high-speed wireless internet to well-appointed rooms view excellent views. Relax by the massive fireplace and enjoy a beverage in the chic lobby, play in the outdoor pool, or head out for the day to explore one of the many experiences that Manitoulin has on offer.

Indigenous Pow wow dancers Manitoulin

7. Wass Tours

For the Angler

Situated in Wiikwemikoong First Nation, Wasse-Giizhiik Tours offers top-notch fishing experiences with a profound appreciation for the natural wonders of Manitoulin Island. Operated by Luke Wassegijig, the experienced angler specializes in personalized guided fishing excursions targeting salmon, trout, walleye, northern pike, and muskie, both on Lake Huron and the inland lakes of Manitoulin Island. Benefit from local expertise to pinpoint prime fishing locations, and get ready to reel in the big one. For those seeking a less fish-forward experience, Wasse-Giizhiik also offers small-group guided boat tours to iconic destinations, such as the picturesque Georgian Bay village of Killarney and the scenic fjord of Baie Fine.

Two men on a boat holding up fish they have caught.

8. Oceah Oceah

For the Urban SUP Lover

This Indigenous-owned and operated spot offers urbanites the chance to yoga, SUP, and kayak with a view of the TO skyline. Classes run from June to September and are suitable for all ages and skill sets. Strike a pose and watch the sunrise or set with some like-minded city dwellers this summer or check the calendar for special events, workshops, and retreats

Woman in yoga gear doing a yoga pose on a surfboard in the water.
About Indigenous Tourism Ontario

Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) is the province’s only dedicated Indigenous tourism organization. ITO focuses on uniting communities, organizations, and industry leaders to support the growth of Indigenous tourism in the region. Visit their travel planning website at www.indigenousexperienceontario.ca.

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