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.

Kiix̣in Tours is now closed for 2019. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

TOURS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2019. SEE YOU IN 2020!

When

Check back in the New Year
for our Opening Date

Where

Tours depart daily from
Bamfield, B.C. Canada

Duration

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
Flower

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!