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:
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.
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
- Hat/head covering
- Water and snacks
- A desire to learn about Huu-ay-aht history!