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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Ahousat, British Columbia
Aboriginal First Nations Eco-Cultural Experiences. Join us for a guided experience that will last for a lifetime: Experience our First Nations culture, our home & what we do today. Exchange stories with elders, local artists & singers. Enjoy traditional Aboriginal foods. Gather seafood, harvest hystuup from the reefs & fish for the tyee. Explore the Ahosuaht Hahoothee for spiritual connections, eagles, whales & other local happenings. Friends, Family & Storytelling.....See you soon!
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A unique Aboriginal Cultural experience. One of the most unique trips 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 and Lessons: Try stand up paddle boarding and explore the ecology in the little known Tofino Inlet, a calm and relaxing place to paddle right in Tofino.
If it's your first time paddle boarding or you looking to explore new areas of Tofino, our guides provide instruction and cater paddle board tours to your abilities.