Journey With Our Ancestors
Inhabited by Huu-ay-aht ancestors for more than 5,000 years, Kiix̣in is the only known remaining traditional First Nations village on the west coast of southern B.C., and it is commemorated as a National Historic Site. Visitors are invited to hike the trail to Kiix̣in, while exploring Vancouver Island’s pristine old-growth rainforest, beautiful protected beaches and significant standing house remains. Along the way, guests will learn about the Huu-ay-aht’s knowledge and history, as well as Indigenous culture in the region.
Each cultural tourism exploration to Kiix̣in lasts approximately four hours. Guided by Huu-ay-aht Traditional Knowledge Holders, groups hike along an old-growth rainforest trail with boardwalk sections and stairs, leading to a beautiful protected beach with rocky ledges and tide pools.
" I’m still trying to digest the experience of Kiixin and the knowledge shared with us during our tour by Stella and Wisqii. I genuinely have tried my best to share the energy I felt through my words and photos to friends and family, but this is truly an experience that can only be felt and understood by doing so in person for yourself." ~Chris Istace
BOOK YOUR KIIX̣IN TOUR TODAY!
September 13, 2021: Kiixin Tours is now closed for the season. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!
Check in at the Float House - East Government Dock Frigate Road, Bamfield, BC
Expect up to 4 hours
Please consider the following before booking:
- The hike to Kiix̣in is a MODERATE PLUS hike, with some challenging areas that may include muddy, slippery, uneven and steep terrain, along with some stairs and boardwalk. Unfortunately, people with injuries, mobility challenges or hiking-restricted medical conditions cannot be accommodated.
- Children aged seven and older must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 19 years or older.
- Parent(s) or guardian(s) are responsible for the supervision, safety, and behaviour of their child/children on the tour. Running, rough play, and dangerous behaviour is unacceptable. The Tour Guide has the right to deny or refuse tours at any time.
- Liability waiver forms must be signed before tour departure.
- Washroom facilities are available for emergency only.
- Expect to have no cellphone reception on your hike.
- Each tour can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests.
- Pets are not permitted on the tour.
- Guests must not leave any trace of garbage or waste behind.
- Guests must remain on the designated boardwalk and trail at all times, and stay inside the tour boundaries.
- Feeding or intentionally disturbing wildlife is prohibited.
- Collecting or disturbing natural features, plants, rocks, antlers, or cultural/archaeological resources is prohibited.
What Should I Bring?
Dress accordingly for the weather, and bring the suggested items below:
- Good hiking shoes – NO sandals or open-toed footwear
- Rain gear – weather can be unpredictable
- Medications and prescriptions
- Sweater, hoodie, or other warm clothing
- Insect repellant, sunscreen
- Hat/head covering
- Mask, hand sanitizer and wipes
- We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you bring water and snacks
- A desire to learn about Huu-ay-aht history!