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A creative stay

Canada's first Aboriginal arts hotel

Vancouver’s new Skwachàys Lodge is the first Aboriginal arts hotel in Canada and it’s being run as a social enterprise by the Vancouver Native Housing Society. Located in an early 20th-century building at the crossroads of the Gastown, Chinatown and Railtown districts, the lodge is home to 24 Aboriginal artists. In exchange for three years of low-cost housing, each artist produces pieces that are sold in the hotel’s gallery. The goal is to help each artist become financially independent at the end of their contract. When travellers overnight in one of the lodge’s 18 suites, they’re helping to subsidize the live/work studio. Each of the individually designed suites has a theme: there’s a feather suite and a hummingbird suite, a longhouse suite and a moon suite. The hotel includes a rooftop sweat lodge and smudge room for spiritual cleansing, and a kitchen complete with a handcrafted communal totem table by artist Eric Parnell. Double-occupancy rooms from $225. tel: (888) 998-0797; skwachays.com.

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