Ahousaht Stewardship Fund

We welcome you to Ahousaht territory

ƛayaḥuʔał waaniiš suutił ʕaḥuusʔatḥ haḥuułii

ʕaḥuusʔatḥ haḥuułii (Ahousaht territory) encompasses much of Clayoquot Sound, an ecological treasure stewarded by the ʕaḥuusʔatḥ Hawiiḥ (Hereditary Chiefs) and people for generations. From its rocky outer coastal islets and expansive white sand beaches, to the windswept coastal temperate rainforest, our territory is home to incredible biodiversity, including endangered species. 

Named after the village of ʕaaḥuus (Ahous) on the west side of Vargas Island, Ahousaht means the “people of Ahous. The Ahousaht are members of the Nuu-chah-nulth language and cultural group, known as “People with their backs to the mountains and land, facing the ocean and sea.” Today, there are approximately 2,500 Ahousaht people. Many live in the Maaqutusiis Village on Flores Island and others live around the world.

Our people rely on the gifts of the land and sea for sustenance and well-being, including stewarding food systems, medicines and materials for harvesting, fishing and hunting throughout our haḥuułii. We have successfully stewarded these resources under our system of governance for millennia. 

From generation to generation, we strive to teach and achieve ʔuh-mowa-shił (keep some and not take all). This word defines Ahousaht’s approach to what is now called conservation.

We invite you to enjoy Ahousaht haḥuułii safely, responsibly and respectfully.

ƛlecko- Thank you!

“The islands near the ocean are very special and sacred places…Here you can get close to the Creator and to many medicinal plants.”

In modern times, Ahousaht Stewardship Guardians support the Hawiiḥ to monitor and steward Ahousaht haḥuułii. The Ahousaht Stewardship Guardian Program combines western science and Ahousaht knowledge to support the preservation, restoration and protection of Ahousaht resources and culture for generations to come. The program is responsible for a variety of stewardship activities, including large-scale salmon habitat restoration projects in watersheds throughout the haḥuułii, monitoring the impact of industry on local ecosystems, supporting research projects and enhancing chum salmon populations through Ahousaht’s hatchery-in-a-box. All academic, government and non-profit partners are expected to meet Ahousaht’s research protocol requirements.

Furthermore, the Ahousaht Stewardship Guardian Program is responsible for building and maintaining infrastructure throughout the haḥuułii, making your visit safer and more comfortable, and our collective footprints less impactful. Please stick to marked trails and “leave no trace.”

The Stewardship Guardians are the eyes and ears of the haḥuułii, and you will likely get a visit from them,or spot the yellow Ahous Guardian boat during your visit.

The natural beauty may draw you to the far reaches of Ahousaht haḥuułii. Much of the haḥuułii is considered remote backcountry and is out of cell phone range. All commercial and private groups visiting Ahousaht haḥuułii are required to be self-sufficient, be prepared to deal with quickly changing and adverse weather conditions and have an emergency response plan in place.

Important contact numbers:

  • Emergency Fire/Police/Ambulance – dial 911
  • Coast Guard – dial *16 from any phone or 250-725-3231 or use VHF radio channel 16
  • Ahousaht Auxiliary Coast Guard/Ahousaht Fisheries or use VHF Ahousaht channel 68
  • Stewardship Guardian – 250-725-2169 or VHF Ahousaht channel 11 or 68
  • Ahous Hakuum Water Taxi – 250-725-2169 or VHF Ahousaht channel 68
  • Atleo Air – 250-725-2205

In welcoming you to Ahousaht haḥuułii, we want to continue our ancestral responsibility to steward and monitor the lands and waters that support our people. Our Stewardship Guardian Program is supported in part by an ecosystem service fee–the Ahousaht Stewardship Fee (ASF)–collected from visitors.

The ASF schedule is as follows and does not include access to the Mux̣šiƛa Hot Springs at Nism̓aakqin (Maquinna Marine Park).*

 

Access/ Wildlife Viewing/ Camping/ Trails* **

Add on Mux̣šiƛa Hot Springs at Nism̓aakqin (Maquinna Park)

Access to Ahousaht Hahoulthee

$15/person/day

$15/person/visit

Annual Access for local residents of the Pacific Rim ONLY

$100/person/yr

$15/person/visit

*Note that children aged 6 years and under are free.

**Does not include access to Mux̣šiƛa Hot Springs at Nism̓aakqin (Maquinna Park).

Mux̣šiƛa Hot Springs at Nism̓aakqin (Maquinna Park)

An additional $15 per person, per visit, will be collected by either your guide operator or the on-duty Ahousaht Stewardship Guardian at the Mux̣šiƛa Hot Springs at Nism̓aakqin park entrance. Fees can also be paid via the cash box or online. Annual passes do not include access to the hot springs. Please pay the $15 hot springs access fee each visit. *Note that children aged 6 years and under are free.

 Note that BC Parks also collects a $3 fee for access to the hot springs, which must be remitted via your guide operator or the on-site fee collection box.

 MHSS is the operator for Maquinna Marine Park, exercising Ahousaht rights in collaboration with BC Parks to manage the park for the ecological and cultural well-being of this Ahousaht treasure. We work directly with tour operators to ensure they are able to offer an exceptional experience for their guests. Please contact MHSS (mhssahousaht.ca) and BC Parks (bcparks.ca/parks/maquinna-marine) for updates on how to access the Maquinna Marine pPark and hHot sSprings.

Fishing & Harvesting in ʕaḥuusʔatḥ haḥuułii
ʕaḥuusʔatḥ haḥuułii is a sensitive ecosystem that is subject to significant historical and current harvesting pressure. Many of our traditional wild foods are in critical decline. We are working diligently to protect, monitor and restore this ecosystem and we respectfully request that guests do not harvest in ʕaḥuusʔatḥ haḥuułii, where possible. If guests are fishing or practicing other regulated harvests, we ask you to abide by all provincial and federal regulations and treat our territories with respect. In the near future we will have a reporting program that will inform our strategies for protecting, monitoring and restoring this vital resource.

Guide outfitters and operators, transportation charter companies and water taxis are asked to collect the ASF on behalf of their guests and customers and to remit fees to MHSS.

An annual report outlining the activities of the Stewardship Guardian Program, supported by the Ahousaht Stewardship Fee, will be made available at www.mhssahousaht.ca. Participating businesses recognized as partners of Ahousaht will receive recognition of their commitment to the ASF program which can be used to promote their businesses.

The Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society’s office is located at 564 Campbell Street in Tofino, BC. Our business hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can visit our website at www.mhssahousaht.ca or give us a call at 250-725-2169.

How it works

1

Select the date you will be visiting ʕaḥuusʔatḥ haḥuułii (Ahousaht Territory). If you are a on a multi-day trip, select the first date of your visit.

2

Identify whether you are purchasing daily access or annual access (annual access is for local residents of the Pacific Rim ONLY).

3

Let us know how many people and how many days you intend to visit ʕaḥuusʔatḥ haḥuułii.

4

Let us know if you plan to visit the Mux̣šiƛa Hot Springs at Nism̓aakqin (Maquinna Park).

5

Fill in your trip itinerary, emergency contact info, review the liability waiver and provide your payment info.

6

Print or take a screenshot of your receipt so you can present it to the Ahousaht Stewardship Guardians you will meet along your travels.

Stewardship Fund

Ahousaht Stewardship Fee

In welcoming you to Ahousaht haḥuułii, we want to continue our ancestral responsibility to steward and monitor the lands and waters that support our people. Our Stewardship Guardian Program is supported in part by an ecosystem service fee–the Ahousaht Stewardship Fee (ASF)–collected from visitors.

*Note that children aged 6 years and under are free.

**The ASF does not include access to the Mux̣šiƛa Hot Springs at Nism̓aakqin (Maquinna Marine Park).

Daily Access to Ahousaht Hahoulthee

Ahousaht Stewardship Fee (ASF)
Children under the age of 6 are welcome at no charge.
Add on Mux̣šiƛa Hot Springs at Nism̓aakqin (Maquinna Park)
In addition to Ahousaht Access Fee

$

Annual Access for local residents of the Pacific Rim ONLY

Annual Ahousaht Stewardship Fee (ASF)
Children under the age of 6 are welcome at no charge.
Hot Springs add-on
In addition to Ahousaht Access Fee

$

RATES

Access/ Wildlife Viewing/ Camping/ Trails* **
Add on Mux̣šiƛa Hot Springs at Nism̓aakqin (Maquinna Park)
Access to Ahousaht Hahoulthee
$15/person/day
$15/person/day
Annual Access for local residents of the Pacific Rim ONLY
$100/person/year
$15/person/visit

*Note that children aged 6 years and under are free.

**Does not include access to Mux̣šiƛa Hot Springs at Nism̓aakqin (Maquinna Park).

Important Contact Numbers

COAST GUARD
Dial *16 from any phone, (250) 725-3231 or use VHF Radio Channel 16

AHOUSAHT AUXILIARY COAST GUARD / AHOUSAHT FISHERIES
VHF Radio Channel 68

STEWARDSHIP GUARDIAN CONTACT
(250) 725-2169, VHF Radio Channel 68

TOFINO WATER TAXI
(250) 725-8844

ATLEO AIR
(250) 725-2205

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