The story of Lloyd and Frances Hill began in 1946 when they first acquired the Koksilah General Store and Post Office. Koksilah (pronounced coke-sy-la) is a small community on the East coast of Vancouver Island, just one mile south of Duncan.
During the early years, the Hills created an outlet for the local Native artists who were encouraged to display and sell their work. As time passed, visitors to Koksilah became aware of the Hill’s reputation and their unique art so word spread across the country. As the Hill family business expanded, new stores were opened on Vancouver Island in Victoria, Nanaimo and Campbell River. Hill’s flagship store was opened in Vancouver’s Gastown district in 1975. In the fall of 2017, Hill's moved its Vancouver location to the up-and-coming community of Mount Pleasant.
Mount Pleasant, Vancouver formed in 1888. It owes much of its origins to a former stream that attracted a number of breweries, hence it became known as Brewery Creek. It has now grown into a vibrant and eclectic, area. It is now known for its unusual stores, heritage buildings, artistic residents, and arts-focused festivals.
With three outlets in British Columbia, Hill’s Native Art has acquired the largest and most varied collection of First Nations and Inuit arts and crafts. Hill’s has caught worldwide attention as the largest Northwest Coast Native Art Gallery in North America, and has exhibited hundreds of works by emerging and internationally renowned artists. At any given time, Hill’s features over 1200 Native artists and represents every Nation of the Northwest Coast.
Hill's will loan artwork for movies, props and off-site events for a nominal fee, and rental fees are considered a deductible business expense. Contact us for more information.