Join us for a dug out canoe tour in a traditional, handcrafted, cedar canoe with a Nuuchahnulth guide! This is a traditional form of transportation that has been THE way of getting around on the west coast of Vancouver Island for thousands of years, making it a special way to learn about local indigenous history and rich culture.
The Coastal Canoe Tour
Our daily, 2 hour long Coastal Canoe Tour explores the salty ocean waters of Tla-o-qui-aht traditional territory In the Southern end of Clayoquot Sound. This tour is a great way to hear about traditional ways of life, changes through time, and Nuuchahnulth guides life stories. This tour is normally scheduled over the low tide which means that more of the intertidal life is visible along this beautiful and varied coastline of the Sound. Depending of various factors (tide height, wind, paddle power of group) this tour goes on various routes. This is not two hours straight of paddling. There are regular breaks at appropriate times, which the guide knows.
The following are some of the potential routes:
Around Stolkham Island, with a close view of the ancient village of Opitsat.
A paddle around Stone Island and Waxpincha Island (AKA Neilson Island) with a view of Lemmens Inlet.
Around Chachatits island – more exposed to exciting ocean swell, view of gorgeous sandy beaches and the peaks of Chitapii Mountain (AKA Catface) in Ahousaht traditional territory.
Public tours – 5 years and older Private tours – No age restriction – please call 250.266.3787 to book a private tour