TYEE – February 2018

tyeeIn Hastings Crossing, Connecting Business with Community Needs

Business improvement association partners local businesses with social enterprises and non-profits in the Downtown Eastside. (Watch Video)


Pure Wander – February 2018


A Room With a Story

Those looking for something different than a downtown luxury hotel chain will appreciate the uniqueness of the Skwachàys Lodge. The top three floors house 18 boutique hotel rooms, each designed by a local Aboriginal artist. From the Northern Lights suite, designed by Jerry Whitehead and Nancy A. Lewis, to Richard Shorty’s King Salmon suite, the rooms are one-of-a-kind and span a variety of topics. View full article…

Condé Nast Traveler – September 2017

condenasttravelerThings to do in Vancouver: Your complete guide to the Canadian metropolis

This art hotel has been designed by some of Canada’s top hotel designers, in collaboration with aboriginal artists, many of whom have been in residence. The rooms proudly sport brilliant Aboriginal art, while the creature comforts and amenities are at par with any top boutique hotel in the country. See full guide…

Georgia Straight – September 2017

GeorgiaStraightIndigenous art and concerts bring Skwachàys Lodge alive for entire Culture Days weekend

One of the new highlights during the Vancouver events will be an entire weekend of programming by the Indigenous artists in residence at Skwachàys Lodge Aboriginal Hotel and Gallery (31 West Pender Street). A social-enterprise project built by the Vancouver Native Housing Society in 2012, it derives funding from its artist-designed hotel rooms and the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery for its 24 studio apartments, all inhabited by Indigenous artists who pay minimal rent for a three-year tenancy to develop their careers. Read full article…

Travel & Leisure – July 2017


See Canada Through Fresh Eyes on a First Nations Tour

The mountains, forests and waters of British Columbia are given new meaning on a journey led by members of its indigenous communities. Read full article…


Air Canada Enroute – June 2017

enrouteSkwachàys Lodge

Owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society (and pronounced “skwatch-eyes”), this boutique hotel offers easy access to Gastown bars and eateries. The circa-1906 building, restored in a striking aboriginal motif, includes a sweat lodge, smudge room and the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery. See guide…

Toronto Star Travel – June 2017


“Skwachays” is the traditional name of the area at the head of False Creek, where spring waters once flowed and attracted elk, sturgeon and salmon, and where bog cranberries and wild rice once flourished. Now the name, pronounced skwatch-eyes, adorns Skwachays Lodge, an Aboriginal hotel and gallery that sits on West Pender St. where Vancouver’s Gastown, Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside meet. Read full article…

Toronto Star Travel – June 2017

TheStarB.C. celebrates Indigenous traditions; Smudging ceremonies, forest explorations and wool weaving round out trip

Old Hands uses an eagle wing to scoop up the sage smoke emanating from his smudge pot and wave it all around me, literally wiping away my negative energy and transferring it back into the abalone shell pot. Read full article…

The Toronto Star – June 2017

TheStarCanada’s first aboriginal arts hotel runs as a social enterprise

Skwachays Lodge in downtown Vancouver is an aboriginal-themed, boutique arts hotel with an interesting backstory and social-enterprise mission. Read full article…

Refinery 29 – Summer 2017

Refinery2915 Perfect Weekend Trips To Take This Summer

Skwachays Lodge is a boutique hotel that showcases the experience of Aboriginal art. Each room is different and created by a unique artist (we’re a fan of the Poem Suite), so you’ll have plenty to post on Instagram. Rooms from $197 per night.Read full article…

Travel2Next – April 2017

Travel2Next10 Cool First Nations Experiences in British Columbia Canada

Skwachays Lodge in downtown Vancouver is an aboriginal-themed, boutique arts hotel with an interesting backstory and social-enterprise mission. Read full article…

Luxury & Boutique Hotels – April 2017

LuxuryBoutiqueHotelsSkwachàys Lodge Aboriginal Hotel & Gallery

It feels great to stay at a hotel that makes a positive contribution to a community. Not just the typical minimal washing of towels and linens and recycling of newspapers, but a hotel that really makes a difference. Read full article…

Make Time to See the World – April 2017

MakeTimeToSeeTheWorldHow are they Socially Responsible? The Skwachàys Lodge is a boutique hotel located at the crossroads of Vancouver’s historic Gastown and Chinatown neighbourhoods, catering to visitors seeking unique accommodation with a cultural twist. The modern boutique hotel is also a social enterprise that will give back 100 percent of its profits to the non-profit society and local aboriginal community. Read full article…

Elle South Africa – February 2017

ElleSkwachàys (pronounced skwatch-eyes) A lodge and residence at 31 West Pender Street, Skwachàys is a fair trade gallery, boutique hotel and an urban Aboriginal artist residence. It provides 24 shelter rate apartments for Aboriginal people at risk of homelessness and two social enterprises that support the Society’s mission and financial sustainability. The hotel units have been transformed with the assistance of a team of artists and designers and the decor  unique to each room is simply incredible. Also in the building you’ll find a rooftop sweat lodge and smudge room used for spiritual cleansing, studio and workshop production space and  a commercial kitchen. Skwachàys is not a stay; it’s an experience.