The Kiix̣in Tour

People walking up stairs in forest on a Kiixin Tour

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!

When

September 13, 2021: Kiixin Tours is now closed for the season. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Where

Check in at the Float House - East Government Dock Frigate Road, Bamfield, BC

Duration

Expect up to 4 hours

People hiking through west coast forest

Tour Restrictions

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.

Person looking at animal bones in forest

What Should I Bring?

Dress accordingly for the weather, and bring the suggested items below:

  • Good hiking shoes – NO sandals or open-toed footwear
  • Camera
  • 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!