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Xwisten Experience Tours

Lillooet, Canada
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About Xwisten Experience Tours
Witness the St'at'imc people harvesting and preserving salmon near Lillooet BC. The tour includes a walk along the Xwisten fishing grounds, a demonstration of the wind-dried method, a sample the wind-dried fish (ts'wan), and a BBQ Salmon meal. Tours can also include a walk around an archaeological village site and a replica underground pit house (S7istken).
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Yaron E wrote a review Aug. 2018
Hadera, Israel156 contributions98 helpful votes
We took the full tour. Starting at the fishing site. There were so many fish that at the time we got to the river most fishermen had finished there quota and were no longer there. It was good to see that they are not putting on a show and that these were real people fishing for there living. The stories that are guide told us were really moving as she explained the struggle of keeping the traditions while cooping with western influence. She was trying to hide the ״bad” parts but we could understand what she and her people had to go through. The archeological site was not very impressive as the restoration was undergoing. I hope they will have the development they wish for so it will be more accessible to everyone and you will need less imagination. The food was good apart from the desert which was an experience of its own We thank Xwisten for the opportunity to peek into there world
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from ChristinaLedoux, Manager at Xwisten Experience Tours
Responded Jul. 10, 2019
Thank you for your powerful review! glad you enjoyed time on the land with our staff. We encourage you to come back for the 2019 season and see what's new :)
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CMelissa wrote a review Jul. 2018
Vancouver, Canada144 contributions13 helpful votes
Excellent tour from knowledgeable and friendly guides who shared about traditional salmon fishing and preparation methods. Fascinating to walk along the beautiful canyon and see the various types of salmon fishing techniques and drying racks along the Bridge River Fishing Grounds. Would have loved to do the archaeological tour too, so recommended if you have time. The Indian tacos at the Bearfoot Grill next door were also delicious. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Florence J, Manager at Xwisten Experience Tours
Responded Jul. 31, 2018
Thank you for your recommendation! We are so glad you enjoyed the tour and hopefully you will be able to come back for the archaeological tour another time.
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Gabriela B wrote a review Jul. 2017
Tel Aviv, Israel8 contributions8 helpful votes
The excellent guide picked us up from the Fraser Cove campground and showed us all the interesting sites with very knowledgeable information and answers regarding her people , their history and life. We were impressed by the fishing sites and how the drying of the fish was performed. The archeological site was very interesting and the small museum near the barbecue site had artifacts for fishing, different kinds of nets and small items from the everyday life of the native people. The barbecued salmon and the salad were very tasty. In the end we were brought back to the camp and had much time left for the dip in the cove. I recommend this activity for all nature and history loving people. Gabriela Bogdan
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Response from Florence J, Manager at Xwisten Experience Tours
Responded Jul. 10, 2017
Thank you for visiting us last week. We are glad you enjoyed the tour and the meal and thank you for your kind review.
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marion10112015 wrote a review Sep. 2016
Sointula, Canada4 contributions14 helpful votes
We went on the three hour tour of the traditional fishing grounds and also the winter pit houses. This was followed by a great lunch The guide Sandra was knowledgeable and passionate about her aboriginal roots. I really enjoyed the whole tour.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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Response from ChristinaLedoux, Manager at Xwisten Experience Tours
Responded Jul. 10, 2019
Thank you for joining us to share our history and culture. Hope to see you again in the future.
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Vivianne Z wrote a review Sep. 2015
Vernon, Canada8 contributions7 helpful votes
The honour of living in this territory for the last four years has given me many opportunities to visit and experience this authentic village site. This village site is one of the largest ancient villages in BC. The knowledge gained from the site is respected and cared for by the Bridge River Band in a way which is essential for understanding First Nation people; a life changing experience.
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Date of experience: October 2014
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