Kwa'lilas Hotel

Location: British Columbia | Canada

Price guide: $$$$$ Less than $100 per person per night

Kwa’lilas Hotel is a unique property which offers guests the opportunity to experience the beautiful landscapes of Port Hardy while learning more about the indigenous First Nations people of Vancouver Island. Run by Gwa’sala and Nakwaxda’xw people, Kwa’lilas is beautifully designed, combining a sleek, modern hotel with nods to the rich traditional culture of Vancouver Island’s indigenous people, including comfortable accommodation and interiors decorated with traditional masks and artworks.
Perfect forNature lovers and anyone interested in First Nations culture
In the knowThe hotel’s design references the traditional ‘big house’, built around a central smoke hole

Recommended for...

  • Cultural Immersion
  • History & Heritage
  • Multi-activity
  • Wildlife & Nature

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The surrounding area of Port Hardy is famed for its natural beauty, from the sea lions and whales which populate its coastline to the forests and mountains inland.

Rooms at Kwa'lilas Hotel

The 85 guestrooms and suites at Kwa’lilas are beautifully designed, combining a contemporary aesthetic with design touches which pay homage to Gwa’sala and Nakwaxda’xw First Nations culture. Beautiful wood carvings, in particular, recall totems and other expressions of Aboriginal art. Mountain View King Rooms overlook both the mountains and ocean of northern Vancouver Island.

Food & Drink

The restaurant mines both the traditions of First Nations cuisine and the bountiful coastline of the Pacific Northwest to serve up delicious, healthy dishes with an emphasis on seafood – try the house smoked tsa’pa salmon, the hearty y’usa noodle bowl and the smoked seafood chowder. If seafood isn’t your thing, don’t despair: a wide range of hearty meat dishes are on offer, like Canadian ribeye steak, rabbit and wild mushroom pie, and elk loin.


A stay here is geared towards outdoor exploration in the wilderness of Vancouver Island, and the expertise of the staff will help you to arrange a rich, enjoyable itinerary.

Activities at Kwa'lilas Hotel

The in-house K’awat’si Tours offer an extensive programme of outdoor adventures and cultural activities which will help you learn more about First Nations communities. An exhilarating way to spend a morning is with a boat trip down the Nakwakto Rapids, while back on dry land a guided coach trip and hike will see you exploring the beautiful rock formations of San Josef Bay. Weekly sessions are held at the hotel with an elder from one of the region’s three indigenous Nations, involving traditional storytelling, history talks, and song and dance.

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Hotel location

Kwa’lilas Hotel is just 15 minutes’ drive from Port Hardy airport.

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