Kwa’lilas is a Kwak̓wala word meaning a place to sleep. A group of Elders chose this word in hopes that travellers and guests would find a peaceful rest after a day of exploration on Northern Vancouver Island.
Our History goes back over 12,000 years when our old people lived off the land and waters of our old countries. Travelling by sea between our villages allowed families to practice our culture through feasts and potlatching ceremonies. We also travelled to surrounding villages for trading and harvesting.
Experience the culture and history of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw People that are prominently displayed throughout the hotel and in our gallery.
Indulge your senses at our on-site pub & restaurant while enjoying a selection of craft cocktails, west-coast inspired cuisine, and indigenous flavours.
Immerse yourself in all the beauty Vancouver Island North has to offer while staying in North Island’s only premier indigenous-owned 4 star Hotel.
Our Hotel features a total of over 4,255 square feet of meeting and event rooms including a large ballroom with an over-height ceiling plus four additional meeting rooms that can accommodate anything from small, intimate gatherings to large events on the North Island.
You will find many expressions of our culture throughout the Kwa’lilas Hotel, including masks and designs by local indigenous artists. This is our way of sharing our history, culture, and legends. We open our hearts and welcome you to experience the North Island through the eyes of our artists. In 2015, a community of elders was brought together to curate a selection of local, Aboriginal art and design for the Kwa’lilas Hotel.
Enjoy the hospitality at our restaurant & pub where local, Indigenous-inspired west coast cuisine is served daily. Hidden away in Port Hardy on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island, Nax’id’ Pub is a wonderful place to relax and unwind while enjoying an amazing selection of cocktails, local brews, and freshly made dishes, inspired by local ingredients and indigenous flavours.