Millennia before Tofino was named after a rear admiral in the Spanish Navy, its inhabitants were the people of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.
They've lived and worked on the west coast of Vancouver Island for as long as 10,000 years.
Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations
Whoever lives on this edge of the continent is intimately and irrevocably tied to the ocean. The Nuu-chah-nulth fished for salmon, cod, halibut and shellfish. They hunted sea lions, seals and whales. Their population reached 100,000 prior to the arrival of the Europeans and their decimating diseases. Happily, their arts, stories and songs have survived and are now undergoing a resurgence.
Discover their culture in Tofino galleries, at age-old First Nations ceremonies and on Clayoquot waterways in authentic Aboriginal dugouts.
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366 Campbell St.
Tofino, British Columbia
A unique Aboriginal Cultural experience. The most unique trip in Tofino!
Dug-out Canoe Tours: Join your Nuu-chah-nulth guide and paddle a hand crafted dug out cedar canoe. Learn about local aboriginal culture and history. Walk along 1000 year old red cedars on the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island.
Paddle board Tours: Try stand up paddle boarding in the pristine wildlife sanctuary of Grice bay, in Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park.
Hop on our special touring boards for a sleek and stable ride. Explore the unique ecology of the mudflats and beautiful grassy estuaries of Grice Bay.