Canadian People Reveal the Stories of Their Culture and Heritage

Updated on March 24, 2024 by Meg Pier

Culture in Canada

Explore the best culture in Canada through the eyes and voices of the nation’s diverse people! Delve into the landscapes and lifestyles of Canadian culture from the west coast of Vancouver Island to the French province of Quebec.

Meet Canadian people who share their cultural history, ranging from hishuk ish ts’ awalk philosophy of the Nuu-chah-nulth people to the Québecois traditions of Île d’Orléans.

Canadian People of Ile d'Orleans Explain Traditional Québecois Culture

The trip my husband, Tom, and I took to Ile d'Orleans was marked by family and tradition. This small island in the St. Lawrence Seaway, a few kilometers downstream from Québec City, is a microcosm of traditional Québecois culture, preserving and celebrating the ancestral spirit of its early occupants and their way of life.

We were greeted by a lively gathering as we walked through the front entrance of Auberge La Goéliche, voices raised in charming French cafe music with the nostalgic chords of an accordion. We quickly understood the serenade was not for us, but for the couple who had come before us: Robert and Jocelyn were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, according to a little placard.

Culture in Canada Ile D’Orleans Quebec

Old Quebec Features Unique Architecture and Cultural Influences

There is no better way to understand Old Quebec history than through its unique architectural styles, which reveal the story of the city’s diverse cultural influences that include French, British, Romantic, and Art Deco. Old Quebec was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, close to half of its buildings were built before 1850 and it is the only walled city in North America. This historic center represents just five percent of Quebec proper—but the architectural gems of its 333 acres will enchant visitors for days.

Canadian People Old Quebec

Director of Aga Khan Museum in Toronto Shares Perspective on Islamic Culture

Toronto is one of the world's most multicultural cities; nearly half of its population are immigrants. The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto offers unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that bind us all together. Director and CEO Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis has more than 20 years of experience as a curator and senior advisor for museum and cultural projects, including roles with the National Museums of Scotland and Glasgow. More recently Ulrike served as Co-Director at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization as well as Senior Strategic Advisor to the Sharjah Museums Department in the United Arab Emirates.

Culture in Canada Aga Khan Museum

Tofino Botanical Garden Explores Nature, Culture, and Science

Tofino Botanical Garden on the west coast of Vancouver Island was founded by and is directed by George Patterson. Located in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, the island is part of Canada’s province of British Columbia. George founded Tofino Botanical Gardens in 1997 and its twelve acres of gardens, old-growth forest, and shoreline explore the relationship between culture and nature. He visualized a garden with three components: an idea, a place, and an action. The Gardens follow strict sustainability initiatives by never using chemicals on their plants, composting kitchen waste for public education programs, and allowing guests to use the herbs and greens in the kitchen.

Canadian People Tofino Botanical Garden

Tofino British Columbia | Experience Hishuk ish ts’ awalk

Tofino British Columbia is part of the traditional homeland of the Nuu-chah-nulth, fifteen related tribes of Canada's Pacific Northwest coast. The Nuu-chah-nulth share a philosophy of hishuk ish ts’ awalk, which is that every being is accorded respect for its own unique value and contribution to the greater good. There is a profound recognition that the authentic nature inherent in every organism plays a role in the well-being of the broader community. Honoring that inter-dependency fosters an environment where all can thrive.

Tofino British Columbia | Experience Hishuk ish ts’ awalk

“The interconnectedness of all living things is both a simple and complex principle. To the Nuu-chah-nulth... [it] is not even second nature, it is first nature,’’ said Joe Martin, a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. “We understand that if you harm a part of your environment, you harm yourself. Lower salmon stocks have an impact on larger fish, marine mammals such as whales, bears, wolves, and humans.’

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