First Nations Cultural Experiences
Long Beach Unit | Broken Group Islands Unit | West Coast Trail Unit
Today, the awe-inspiring coastal landscapes of the Pacific Rim region remain integral to the livelihood and heritage of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and First Nation partners are working together to continue the age-long practice of welcoming and sharing Nuu-chah-nulth history, traditions, and culture with visitors.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Interpreter giving a guided tour of the
The sandy beaches and the lush rain forests of the Long Beach Unit are part of the traditional territories of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ
Kisitis Visitor Centre:
Be enchanted by the ancient legends and the living culture of the Nuu-chah-nulth people at the Kisitis Visitor Centre. See the carved post marking the traditional territory of Kisitis, enjoy stories told by Nuu-chah-nulth elders, and experience our interactive displays. You can see local creations of Nuu-chah-nulth artisans at the Quisitis Gift Shop, run by the Ucluth Economic Development Corporation.
Peek into the Nuu-chah-nulth people’s world as you venture along the Nuu-chah-nulth trail. Go on a guided interpretive walk along the trail and learn about the lands and seas so essential to this people’s survival. Marvel at the unique hand carved post on the trail.
Green Point Campground:
Let our local First Nation Guest Speakers at Green Point Campground Theatre transport you onto a journey of the Nuu-chah-nulth people through the past, the present and the future.
National Aboriginal Day:
What better way to appreciate a culture than with soul-enriching music and food! Enjoy National Aboriginal Day Celebrations with local First Nations every year on June 21 with salmon BBQs, singing and dancing.
The Benson Island House Post standing tall at C’isaa: Birthplace of the
Tseshaht First Nation
The Broken Group Islands are made up of over 100 islands, islets and scattered rocky outcrops, surrounding the Reserves and traditional territories of the Tseshaht First Nation and Hupacasath First Nation. Toquaht Nation and Uchucklesaht Tribe also have treaty rights within the park.
Benson Island, also known as C’isaa: the birthplace of the Tseshaht First Nation, is one of the more noted and unique of the Broken Group Islands. Parks Canada archaeologists and the Tseshaht believe the site has been occupied for at least 5,000 years. This ancient village was once a year-round home to over 8,500 Tseshaht and was considered the cultural center of the territory.
Take a self-guided tour of Benson Island and be welcomed by the House Post erected by Parks Canada and the Tseshaht First Nation to honour the island’s history. The post, carved by local Tseshaht artist, Gordon Dick, stands tall next to two interpretive panels, offering you a glimpse into the Tseshaht First Nation.
Meet a Beachkeeper:
The Broken Group Islands are rich in human, natural, and cultural history as well as resources. Parks Canada works closely with the Tseshaht First Nation to take care of this place and share its significance with visitors through the Beachkeeper program. The Beach Keepers’ role in welcoming visitors and providing advice and safety information is a continuance of a legacy borne out of ancient protocol.
West Coast Trail Guardians clearing Winter Storm damage on the West
The world-renowned West Coast Trail lies within the traditional territories of the
Huu-ay-aht, Ditidaht and Pacheedaht First Nations. In partnership with Parks Canada, these First Nations help in the restoration, conservation and presentation of this iconic trail.
First Nation Guardians of the West Coast Trail:
As the traditional guardians of the lands and waters, Huu-ay-aht, Ditidaht, and Pacheedaht Guardians work with Parks Canada to care for the trails and protect the land and visiting hikers. An encounter with a West Coast Trail Guardian might include a story told by the fire, a song, or a simple exchange between hikers and Guardians that will create a memory to last a lifetime.