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First Nations theme for revamped Port Hardy hotel – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on May 19, 2017129 Views

May 18, 2017

A redeveloped hotel in Port Hardy is revving up to serve as a tourism catalyst on northern Vancouver Island and to share and foster First Nation language and culture.

The 83-room Kwa’lilas Hotel held its opening ceremonies this week. It is owned and operated by the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw First Nation.

Chief Paddy Walkus said the hotel is the “realization of a vision we had to proudly share all of who we are and where we come from as a people.”

The hotel is inspired by the traditional Big House, the centre of the community, he said. “Our roof features a smoke hole that vents steam as a signal to visitors that they are welcome to stay, rest and rejuvenate, at any time.”

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