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 three and a half 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.

Our tours are complimentary.

Although the 2019 tour season is free of charge, a $10 fee per person applies for transportation if needed (cash only) and is to be paid at the Kiix̣in Visitor Centre on the morning of your tour.

Tours Run June 15 - September 15, 2019


The tours leave daily at 10:30am. Guests should arrive by 10:00am to check in and sign liability waivers.


Tours depart daily from
Bamfield, B.C. Canada


Approximate tour duration:
3.5 hours.

People hiking through west coast forest
Woman hiking with backpack

Tour Restrictions

Please consider the following before booking:


  • The hike to Kiix̣in is moderate/moderate plus with terrain that is at times
    muddy and slippery. Unfortunately, people with injuries, mobility challenges
    or hiking-restricted medical conditions, as well as children under the age of
    seven, 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 20 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
  • Hat/head covering
  • Sunscreen
  • Water and snacks
  • A desire to learn about Huu-ay-aht history!