Rocky coastline along Middle Beach in Tofino
(Albert Normandin photo)


Aboriginal Experiences


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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