Culture Shock Interactive Gallery

Culture Shock Interactive Gallery

Culture Shock Interactive Gallery
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Culture Shock Interactive Gallery is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated Gallery in Alert Bay on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. We offer interactive First Nations cultural experiences including cedar weaving, traditional salmon barbeque, storytelling and traditional ocean-going canoe tours. We also retail local First Nations art including jewellery, carvings, clothing and documentary films.
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EASYEZ
81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
My daughter, who was a barista herself for several years, ordered a mocha coffee when we stopped in. A lovely girl named Gwanti made the coffee and my daughter who is a coffee snob said it was the best mocha she ever had. It was a lovely seaside setting to have a great cup of coffee and would definitely recommend this place.
Written July 11, 2018
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MarlaW555
Victoria, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
Every time I go to Alert Bay, one of my very first stops is Culture Shock. Not only is there amazingly beautiful art and jewellery for sale, but the family that runs the shop is extremely knowledgeable about the area and the local culture. The documentary films made by one of the owners have won numerous awards and are well worth seeing. Delicious coffee is available as well.
Written August 2, 2016
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Gilakas'la, so glad that you enjoy Culture Shock, look forward to many more visits from you, your family and friends.
Written August 16, 2016
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Paulshappy
Courtenay, Canada4,157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
Culture Shock Gallery is a lovely gift shop just off the Ferry and before the U'mista Cultural Centre.
Truly worth the visit for a locally made souvenir...
BUT, we were lucky to meet one of the owners, Barb Cranmer, who is a famous First Nation writer and filmmaker. She was delightful to talk with as she took the time to explain many of the beautiful items in her store and tell of their wonderful stories.
I purchased an exquisite Canadian-made ladies wallet designed by Comox Artist Andy Everson. The Hummingbird and flower in creamy pinks and juicy greens will be a cherished gift for my sister Kathy. (Don't tell her yet because her birthday's in October, LOL)
A highly recommended stop on your journey.
Cheers, Paul
Written April 3, 2016
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epuppet
Alert Bay, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Friendly knowledgable staff make people really feel welcome to this beautiful town..... a lot of hand made treasures and great coffee too! Sitting on the deck with a smoothie overlooking the boats in the harbour in the summer is a must... :)
Written February 8, 2016
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Rutger R
Amsterdam, The Netherlands14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
When having an excellent latte in the Culture Shock Gallery in Alert Bay, we were invited to a traditional salmon barbecue.The barbecue is one of the activities people can do with "Culture Shock" to get to know Namgis Culture. Other activities are cedar weaving, storytelling and cultural tours.
K'odi Nelson, a Namgist Firs Nation man who is deeply embedded in traditional culture showed us the way to prepare wild sockey salmon. After he showed us, we had to do it ourselves. It was fun to do. The atmospher was nice and relaxed with joking going on between participants and teacher. While preparing the salmon we learned al lot about First Nation culture and issues. It was very interesting to talk to people like K'odi en Barb Cranmer, a Namgis filmmaker who lives in Alert Bay and works for culture shock.
Meeting these people and taking part in the barbecue was an enrichment to our holiday on Vancouver Island. And the salmon was the best I ever ate!
Written July 31, 2013
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Penny R
Chemainus, Canada9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is a great little gift shop with a coffee bar attached. The staff is wonderful and there is a good selection of indigenous items to purchase.
Written August 21, 2020
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YukonStef
Nanaimo, Canada60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Culture Shock has beautiful artifacts for sale and is also the base for Circle Island Tour, a guided one hour tour of Alert Bay from July 1 to August 31 (we got the last tour of the 2016 season). Alert Bay is not large but it is the home of the Namgis and at one point housed a large residential school (now torn down). The guide made the village and its setting very understandable.
Written December 17, 2016
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Scott M
Parksville, Canada62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Culture Shock was well worth the visit. There was many different art pieces for sale and the young man who was employed their was very knowledgeable about the artist as well as who most of the pieces were created. We left with a better understanding and appreciation of the artists and their artwork.
Written September 16, 2016
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Standaniels
190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Business
One of my must stops in alert bay ! I always love stopping here ! Love all their cultural stuff they have ! All their beautiful crafts and etc ! I stop here every visit !
Written September 10, 2016
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Deborah A
62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Barb of Culture Shock greeted us fresh off the Ferry and we instantly felt welcomed upon our arrival to Alert Bay. She quickly made arrangements for us to take in the Bus Tour and cultural dancing in the Big House the following day. Our tour was led by Noreen and Frank who were engaging and informative and genuinely friendly. We felt honoured to receive the privilege of sharing the local first nations culture in the traditional Big House. I would recommend every visitor make their first stop at Culture Shock.
Written August 27, 2016
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