Kiix̣in National Historic Site of Canada

Kiixin Tours hikers on beach

DISCOVER Kiix̣in

Kiix̣in Village and Fortress National Historic Site of Canada is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, strategically set between the rugged outer coast and the protected inner waters of Barkley Sound. Kiix̣in is the site of a 19th-century village and fortress that exhibits evidence of occupation dating to 1000 B.C.E. Today, it remains a sacred site to the present-day Huu-ay-aht First Nations.

Our Story
Women hiking by large cedar tree

The Kiix̣in Tour

Kiix̣in is the only known traditional First Nations village remaining on the west coast of southern B.C., with significant standing house remains. It is commemorated as a National Historic Site. Visitors are invited to hike the trail to Kiix̣in, while exploring Vancouver Island’s pristine rainforest, beautiful protected beaches, and significant standing house remains. Along the way, guests will learn much of Huu-ay-aht’s knowledge and history, as well as Indigenous culture in the region.

The Tour
Barkley Sound sign on interpretive shelter

Getting Here

Visitors can reach Kiix̣in Village by vehicle, floatplane, or boat. Drivers are encouraged to prepare for the journey by filling up their tanks with gas and carrying water, snacks and necessities. The road leading to Bamfield – the town in which Kiix̣in Village is located – is remote, and roads can be narrow and winding. Alternatively, visitors can travel from Vancouver International Airport or Port Alberni to Bamfield via Pacific Seaplanes.

How to Get Here