Tofino is situated within the traditional territory (Ha-houlthee) of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples, who have called the area home for over five thousand years. 

The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation includes over 1,200 Members from Esowista, Ty-Histanis and Opitsaht. As the original peoples of this place, the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation provide access to their Tribal Parks by way of stunning trails and waterways, and have long been recognized as stewards for the area’s complex ecosystems. View a map of Tla-o-qui-aht traditional territory here.  They are also famously known for their skills as fishermen, master carvers and refined singers and dancers.

Life in this part of the coast is underpinned by Tla-o-qui-aht ancient teachings, especially that of Hishuk’ ish Tsawalk: from the ocean and forest to all the living creatures who call this place home, everything is connected. When you visit, know that you become a part of this greater connection too.


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