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Xatsull Heritage Village

Cariboo Hwy, McLeese Lake, British Columbia V0L 1P0, Canada
250 297-6502
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Xatsull community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Xatsull community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life. We offer daily guided tours and cultural workshops where you take part in a variety of educational and recreational activities. We are situated on a sunny plateau overlooking the Fraser River. Meet our friendly, knowledgeable guides who will take you on a memorable journey through the history of the Northern Secwepemc people. Learn to cook a traditional meal, listen to stories around an open fire and fall asleep to the beautiful sound of the Fraser River in the distance.
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Maple Ridge, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This location is wonderful place see several key features which Soda Creek and McLeese Lake are all about. The location was a natural settlement location and it was settled... thousands of years before European arrival. This point on the Fraser River is one of the narrowest. A good arm can throw a rock to the other side. The River is... More 

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XatsullVillage, Manager at Xatsull Heritage Village, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, 502ericg. Glad to hear you enjoyed the pit house and the beautiful view of the Fraser River. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Vancouver, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My stay at Xatsull Heritage Village this summer has been incredible. I've been fortunate to get to know the staff and other community members who lead workshops, and they genuinely love what they do. The site is small, and if you drop by on any given day you most likely will have the place to yourself. Take advantage of this... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I've visited most of British Columbia's Aboriginal tourism sites and the range is very broad from multi-million dollar glitz to more humble local offerings. What I've learned from this experience is that the real benefit is in the people you meet. It doesn't take fancy interpretive signage, slick interactive displays or polished videos to impart knowledge and greater understanding. One... More 

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Quesnel, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This past weekend a crew of us had booked ahead a time a tour and pit cooking demo. I enjoyed the Pit Cooking. Honestly I taught my children grade 4 S.S this year where we covered the year learning about Canadian Natives Long Ago and really enjoyed the unit. So I was very much looking forward to getting a taste... More 

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Quesnel, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Unfortunately, the visit we had to this village was nothing like the website and brochure showed it would be. There were no activities going on and the people were not well informed of their own culture. They were unable to answer many of our questions. The pit cooking demo was neat to see and the food was delicious. The guided... More 

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Williams Lake, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

I go to Xatsull Heritage about once a year. This last summer I visited in June and was pleasantly surprised by new structural aditions on the grounds.

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Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

This is one of the most beautiful, peaceful places in the Cariboo. The sound of the river, singing of the birds and the fresh air is so relaxing. Rarely has the weather been inclement. Usually sunny with blue skies. The welcome from the young folk is refreshing. Watching the elders skillfully fillet the salmon or demonstrate how the pit oven... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I took part in one of the village's cultural events this past saturday, and it was an over-all great experience. All the natives where more than happy to tell us about their culture, their struggles and their past. The heritage village is made in a wonderful way, with lots of exciting stuff to check out! The guides and all people... More 

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British Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012 via mobile

If you can try the pit cooking while you are there it's a taste of delicious that you will not soon forget! I loved talking with the elders and hearing the stories about the fishing spots and the cultural identity! Such an amazing learning experience for both non first nations and first nations like myself!!! I will be visiting again... More 

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