The award-winning Xatśūll (hat-sull) Heritage Village is located just north of Williams Lake on a grassy bench above the mighty Fraser River. The name Xatśūll means ‘on the cliff where the bubbling water comes out’. Here, members of the Secwepemc, or Shuswap, First Nation, share story- telling by village elders, cleansing sweat-lodge ceremonies, educational wilderness walks, salmon lunches and overnight accommodation under the stars in pit houses and teepees. Alternatively, stop at Whispering Willows campground on Highway 97, also operated by Xatśūll First Nations.
This unspoiled region is home to a wide array of plants, fish, and wildlife – each perfectly adapted to this unique environment. As with many other First Nations, the Xat’súll Nation followed a hunting and gathering lifestyle centered in family groups and focused on the Fraser River and the salmon. Patterns of land use were at harmony with the natural processes, stop in to hear these stories.