Tour description

The following information reflects the sold out 2020 tour. Information about the 2021 tour will be posted in the near future.

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Art History of our Northwest Coast: Emily Carr and First Nations

Leave the big cities behind and join this exciting 13-day exploration of Northwest Coast art and culture and the life and works of Emily Carr. Tracing Carr’s 1912 and 1928 journeys to vibrant communities of contemporary carvers and ancient village sites, we experience the rich history and warm hospitality of various First Nations communities.

Beginning with a visit to Campbell River and Cape Mudge on Quadra Island, we continue to Alert Bay on Cormorant Island to witness the legacy of internationally renowned Kwakwaka’wakw carvers Willie Seaweed and Mungo Martin and visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre, with its impressive collection of masks, baskets, coppers, and canoes.

After we cruise the splendid inside passage from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert and the ancestral home of the Tsimshian people, we travel inland by coach along the Skeena River to the home of the Gitxan. We will also visit the Kitselas Cultural Centre and the Nisga’a Museum in the Nass Valley.

We then return to Prince Rupert and transfer by ferry to Haida Gwaii, to visit some remote Haida villages, as well as carving studios and museums, including the Cultural Centre in Qay’llnagaay (Skidegate). We also have time to relax and marvel at the pristine natural beauty of Haida Gwaii, with its diversity of flora and fauna and miles of unbroken pristine beaches.

Academic resource

Kary Mason

Kary Mason is an art historian and author who lectures at the University of Victoria in the Department of History in Art and for the Division of Continuing Studies. Her courses focus on various topics of Canadian and B.C. Art History with a particular emphasis on Emily Carr and Northwest Coast Art. Kerry has led three previous tour to Northern British Columbia and two to Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico.

Pre-tour sessions

Your four pre-tour classroom sessions will take place on Wednesdays, July 8 to 29 from 7 to 9 pm. Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes.

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Fees and registration

Tour dates Aug. 6 – 18, 2020
Total tour cost (includes GST)$7,738.50
Early bird cost*$7,528.50
Single supplement$1,350.00

To ensure a place on this tour a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by April 17, 2020 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on April 24, 2020.

*Early bird: Pay your deposit by Dec. 20, 2019 and receive a $200 reduction on your balance of payment.

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