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September 20, 2023

Ahous Adventures: A Journey through Indigenous Culture and Pristine Nature

By Rachel Leghissa

Welcome to Ahous Adventures, where eco-cultural adventure tours in Tofino are not just about exploration, but also about immersion into the rich heritage and stewardship of the Ahousaht Nation. Owned and operated by the Ahousaht Nation, Ahous Adventures offers a unique opportunity to explore Ahousaht territories, their culture, language, history, and storytelling. In this blog post, we will take you on a journey through the lens of the Ahousaht people, showcasing the beauty of their land and the depth of their traditions. Tin Wis Resort, known for its commitment to sustainability and Indigenous cultural experiences, is excited to partner with Ahous Adventures.

Connecting with Ahousaht Culture:

Ahous Adventures invites visitors to connect with Ahousaht territories in a profound way. The Ahousaht people have inhabited and nurtured these lands and waters since time immemorial. By sharing their knowledge and traditions openly, they offer a window into the heart of this remarkable ecosystem. Through their tours, visitors gain a deeper understanding of the land’s sacredness and a chance to engage in a guest-host relationship rooted in traditional Ahousaht values: respect and reciprocity.

Humble Beginnings and Exclusive Access:

Ahous Adventures had humble beginnings but carries a profound mission. Managed by the Ahousaht Ḥaẁiiḥ through the Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Enterprises Inc. (MHEI) and Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society (MHSS), it is a core component of Ahousaht’s economic development plan in the tourism sector. Historically marginalized from this industry, Ahousaht seeks to build a sustainable conservation economy, promote self-determination, create training and employment opportunities for community members, and establish partnerships with non-Ahousaht businesses and crown governments.

One unique aspect of Ahous Adventures is their exclusive access times to Hot Springs Cove, located in Ahousaht territory. This exclusivity ensures a more intimate connection and a quieter experience for their guests. Imagine soaking in the natural hot springs, surrounded by the pristine beauty of Ahousaht lands, with the knowledge that you are not just a tourist, but a welcomed guest on these sacred grounds.

In 2022, MHEI also acquired the Tofino Wilderness Resort, which works in conjunction with Ahous Adventures. Together, they provide visitors with a range of Ahousaht-led tour offerings and access to destinations within the haḥuułii, such as Lone Cone Mountain, the Wildside Trail, Nismaquin Park (Maquinna Marine Park), culture and healing programs, and more. These ventures are not just about tourism but about fostering cultural exchange and environmental preservation.

Exploring Nature with Ahous Adventures:

  • Bear Watching: Imagine observing black bears in their natural habitat, a pristine wilderness known as Clayoquot Sound. This region has been the home of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations for millennia. With Ahous Adventures, you can embark on a black bear tour that promises a profound encounter with these majestic creatures in their native environment.
  • Whale Watching: The west coast of Vancouver Island is renowned for its biodiversity. Ahous Adventures takes you on a journey through Pacific Ocean waters to witness gray whales, humpback whales, and occasionally transient orcas. Their experienced crew ensures you have an educational and awe-inspiring experience.
  • Hot Springs Eco-Tour: Explore the power of geothermal energy in the midst of a temperate rainforest alongside the Pacific Ocean. Ahous Adventures offers eco-tours to the natural hot springs at Hot Springs Cove on Vancouver Island. This experience combines the relaxation of the hot springs with the marvel of pristine nature, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Ahous Adventures is more than a tour company; it’s a bridge between cultures and a commitment to preserving the environment. Owned and operated by the Ahousaht Nation, it offers a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of Ahousaht territories while immersing yourself in their culture, history, and storytelling. By choosing Ahous Adventures, you not only embark on unforgettable journeys but also support the Ahousaht people in their pursuit of self-determination and sustainable economic development. So, whether you’re seeking adventure, cultural enrichment, or simply a deeper connection with nature, Ahous Adventures is your gateway to an extraordinary experience. Book your tour today and embark on a journey of a lifetime, with exclusive access to Hot Springs Cove, ensuring an even more intimate and tranquil experience for you and your fellow guests!

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When you stay with us, receive $20 OFF Ahous Adventures tour offerings listed above. Reservations can be made online or over the phone with code TINWIS.