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Nestled amidst the pristine beauty of Tofino on Vancouver Island, Tin Wis Resort stands as a beacon of transformation and reconciliation in the world of tourism. This Indigenous-owned resort not only offers visitors a tranquil escape but also plays a pivotal role in rewriting the narrative of tourism in Tofino. Today, we explore the remarkable journey of Tin Wis Resort, the profound significance of Orange Shirt Day in Canada, and the importance of supporting Indigenous communities when visiting Tofino.

Tin Wis Resort: A Journey of Reclamation

Tin Wis Resort, though now a haven of relaxation and natural splendor, holds a poignant history deeply intertwined with the Indigenous communities of the region. The resort is situated within Tla-o-qui-aht Ḥaaḥuułi and the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks, marking the ancestral home of the Tla-o-qui-aht people. For tens of thousands of years, this land served as the site of their ancestral village.

However, the land’s history also bears the scars of a painful past. Tin Wis was once the site of an Indian Residential School (IRS), specifically known as Christie Residential School (Tofino). In the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report, this institution is identified as a place where Indigenous children endured the harsh realities of forced assimilation and cultural erasure. The Christie Residential School was relocated to this site after the closure of Kakawis on Meares Island, making it the last IRS to close in British Columbia, though not the last in Canada (Saskatchewan, 1996).

The process of reclaiming this sacred ancestral site began in 1981 when a hostel and campground, operated by Tla-o-qui-aht, were established. This marked the early steps in the transformation of Tin Wis into a symbol of resilience and cultural preservation. Over the years, the resort has evolved into a space that not only provides employment opportunities for Tla-o-qui-aht citizens but also welcomes Nuu-chah-nulth workers from surrounding territories.

Orange Shirt Day: A Day of Remembrance and Healing

Orange Shirt Day is an annual event in Canada that carries profound significance in the journey towards reconciliation with Indigenous communities. It originated from the experiences of Phyllis Webstad, who, as a young Indigenous girl, had her brand new orange shirt taken from her on her first day at a residential school. This traumatic event left a lasting impact on her life and inspired the orange shirt as a symbol of the harm inflicted on Indigenous children and the need for healing.

Orange Shirt Day, observed on September 30th each year, serves as a reminder of the dark chapters in Canada’s history, particularly the residential school system. It is a day to honor survivors and their families while acknowledging the painful legacy of colonization. By wearing orange shirts, Canadians express their commitment to reconciliation and a brighter future for Indigenous communities.

Supporting Indigenous Communities in Tofino

When visiting Tofino, especially the Tin Wis Resort, tourists have a unique opportunity to contribute to the ongoing process of healing and reconciliation. Here are some meaningful ways to support Indigenous communities in Tofino:

  1. Stay at Indigenous-Owned Accommodations: Opt for accommodations like Tin Wis Resort and Tsawaak RV Resort, which are owned and operated by Indigenous communities. Your stay directly benefits the local economy and provides employment opportunities.
  2. Respect Cultural Protocols: Learn about the cultural protocols of the Indigenous communities in the area and respect them. This includes seeking permission before entering certain areas and understanding the significance of sacred sites.
  3. Participate in Cultural Experiences: Engage in cultural tours with Ahous Adventures, support Indigenous owned businesses like TBird EBikes, and attend events offered by Indigenous organizations. This not only enriches your experience but also supports the preservation of traditions and knowledge.
  4. Buy Indigenous Art and Crafts: Purchase authentic Indigenous art and crafts from local artisans. It’s a wonderful way to take home a piece of Indigenous culture and support Indigenous artists.
  5. Educate Yourself: Take the time to educate yourself about the history, culture, and issues facing Indigenous communities in the region. Awareness is the first step towards understanding and empathy.
  6. Support our Allies: Meet our Allies here. Every Ally here has agreed to support the Tribal Parks by collecting a 1% Ecosystem Service Fee on behalf of the First Nation.
  7. Take the ʔiisaak Pledge: We invite you to take the ʔiisaak pledge, carrying these words in your heart as you travel.

Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, stands as a powerful testament to the resilience and determination of Indigenous communities to reclaim their ancestral lands and heritage. This Orange Shirt Day, as we remember the dark history of residential schools in Canada, let us also celebrate the progress made in the journey towards reconciliation.

Supporting Indigenous communities when visiting Tofino is not just about experiencing natural beauty; it’s about embracing a shared history and working together for a more inclusive and equitable future. By choosing to stay at Indigenous-owned accommodations, respecting cultural protocols, and engaging with Indigenous culture, we can contribute to the healing process and help rewrite the narrative of tourism in Tofino. Tin Wis Resort serves as a shining example of how tourism can be a force for positive change, honoring the past while embracing the future.

Tin Wis is the ancestral home of Tla-o-qui-aht and has been stewarded by the people since time immemorial. To learn more about its history, please read, “Rough seas calming: Tin Wis, past, present, and future:

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!

Get in touch with Ahous Adventures here –

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.

by Erin Linn McMullan

You don’t have to wait for a blue moon or a supermoon to explore the world of wonders revealed at low tide on Tin̓uwis (aka MacKenzie Beach). The ocean-swept sand stretches out and wraps itself around the rocky headlands, and at zero and negative tides, an isthmus forms a narrow bridge to connect to the small grouping of offshore rocks directly across from the resort. Whether it’s cloaked in morning mist or moonlight, this is a magical place to visit. 

This intertidal zone has so much to teach us and within every tidal pool is a living classroom, filled with marine life from miniature crabs to blossoming green sea anemone to sea stars clinging in colourful constellations. An entire microcosm exists in each single pool.

Favourite family haunts include the tidal pools exposed at the foot of “Mushroom Island” and in Crystal Cove with its shallow wading pools and barnacle colonies clustering on rocky headlands.

Be careful where you step in Crystal Cove where you may spot the bright red Nakwakta goose-neck barnacles poking their heads up from the sand.   

Did you know that barnacles are crustaceans like crabs and lobsters (but without gills) and that they stand on their heads to feed? Or that the giant acorn barnacle can survive both for long periods out of water and up to 90 metres underwater? One variety of acorn barnacle, Cryptolepas rhachianecti, sometimes called the “gray whale barnacle”, hitchhikes on the whale during migration to improve its chances for food.

Northern striped dogwinkle, colourfully shelled snails from the mollusc family can also be found in groups on semi-protected and exposed rocky headlands. See if you can spot a bright yellow spindle-shaped shell, then scan the area for similar shells in white, black or brown.

Chitons (pronounced ky-ton) are another mollusc with eight shells or plates and a girdle of muscle designed to help withstand heavy waves in the intertidal zone and considered a living fossil whose design has not changed significantly over 300 million years. There over 1,000 varieties, including the Chocolate Chiton which has been spotted locally.  

Let curiosity reign as you launch a scavenger hunt to engage children in active learning, hours of observation, and fun. Start with an easy-to-find Eccentric sand dollar and then give them an open-ended directive like, “What’s the weirdest thing that you can find?”

If you need help identifying marine life, including over 40 species of sea stars, as well as over 40 species of shorebirds, who live or migrate through here, you can download free apps like iNaturalist™ and SmartBird™ to your phone. Or consult these parent-recommended beachcombing books available at the local bookstore or library: Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest Coast: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes and Whelks to Whales: Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest.

Don’t forget to scan the surf for river otters, porpoises, and seals (Stellar, California, and occasionally, Elephant seals), and the horizon for whales (Humpbacks, Pacific gray whales, and Orcas) passing through the channel beyond this protected intertidal beach.

Imagine too the hidden worlds you may only catch a glimpse of from watery pocket-caves where octopi are sequestered, to mini-geysers erupting from the sand where geoducks dig in, to Etch-A-Sketch patterns traced across its smooth surface by burrowing blood worms below.

In spring and summer, you may spot a flotilla of tiny blue sailboat-like creatures washed ashore. Velella VelellaBy the Wind Sailor – is a hydrozoan related to jellyfish and an entire colony of tiny polyps lives beneath the raft and sail-like fin that helps propel them across great distances in the ocean.

During negative tides (less than 0 m) in summer, you may even be able to reach the sand spit that forms on Ḥiłwinʔis, (pronounced Hilth-win-is) aka Middle Beach by following a thin band of sand around the rocky headlands. (Plan to get your feet wet!) At the far end of this beach, you’ll discover the super-city of barnacle colonies clinging to the headlands and surprisingly deep tidal pools atop it. When you’re exploring, always pay attention to the ever-changing tides and use the high tide trail to get safely back.

Tofino, traditionally known as Načiks (pronounced Na-chiks), located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the Pacific Northwest, experiences mixed semi-diurnal tides. This means that (generally) there are two tidal cycles per day with two lows and two highs of different lengths.

To help plan your low tide forays, you can pick up the Tofino Tide Guide at the reception desk at Tin Wis Resort or quickly consult an online resource like

Remember to practice ʔiisaak, which is often translated as meaning “respect” but it’s also a verb: to be observant, to appreciate, AND to act accordingly.[1] Give the right of way and plenty of space if you encounter foraging wildlife. Leave no trace – take only photos and no souvenirs. That tiny shell may provide important housing for marine life.

Please share your photos of your low tide treasures on social media by using the hashtags #lowtidetinwis and #lowtidetofino.

Practice a 5-minute beach clean-up if you find microplastics or other waste washed ashore. This can be a great teachable moment for children and help begin habits to last a lifetime.

Tin Wis is the ancestral home of Tla-o-qui-aht and has been stewarded by the people since time immemorial. To learn more about its history, please read, “Rough seas calming: Tin Wis, past, present, and future:

Other recommended low and negative tide destinations within Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks and in Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ traditional territory:

·      The tombolo (sandbar) that forms between North and South Chesterman Beaches and C̓ixwatsac (pronounced Tsix-wat-sats) aka Frank Island. [suggested link to word tombolo which features Frank Island:]

·       During summer, Rosie Bay with its caves and tidal pools is accessible at low tide from South Chesterman. At extreme low tides, you may even reach Pettinger Point and connect via the trail to Č ̓aḥayis (pronounced Cha-ha-yis) aka Cox Bay. You can return via the MUP.

·     During negative tides, ƛaakašiis (pronounced Tlaa-ka-shiis) aka Tonquin Beach expands below the trail’s overlook to connect with Second and Third Beach where you can reconnect to its rainforest trail. 

·      qaanimč̓a aka Florencia Bay in Ucluelet, BC in the co-managed Pacific Rim National Park Reserve where a virtual moonscape of subtidal rocks is revealed at low tide. 

To learn more about Tla-o-qui-aht traditional place names please visit this local storymap:

[1] Gisele Maria Martin, “Rough Seas Calming: Tin Wis, past, present, and future”:

Thanks to Lana, Brian, Annika, and Chloe for all the low tide adventures!

We are thrilled to introduce our latest partnership with T̓iick̓in (Thunderbird) Ebike Rentals, bringing you the electrifying experience of exploring the beautiful Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation land like never before. Located at the Ucluelet/Tofino Junction and now also available at the Tin Wis Resort, these award-winning electric bikes offer a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature, embrace Indigenous culture, and contribute to the healing of the land.

A Vision of “Everything Electric”

T̓iick̓in Ebike Rentals is a family-owned and operated business with deep roots in the Ucluelet First Nation community. Gordon Taylor Jr. is the visionary behind this remarkable venture, driven by the dream of creating a sustainable and eco-friendly way to explore the stunning landscapes of traditional Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation territory. This endeavor is not just about electric bikes; it’s about being a part of the land’s healing process.

Seamless Booking Process

We believe in making your adventure as effortless as possible. With our streamlined booking system, you can secure an award-winning electric bike in just three easy steps. Whether you’re a first-time rider or an experienced cyclist, our team is here to assist you in selecting the perfect bike for your journey. Reach out to us via phone or email to reserve your electric bike today.

Discover Traditional Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation Land

The name Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ translates to “safe harbour,” and that’s precisely what you’ll find as you embark on your eBike adventure. Hop on one of our high-tech bikes and ride to some of the most fantastic destinations in the region, from the iconic Amphitrite Point Lighthouse to the expansive Long Beach. Let the breathtaking beauty of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation land surround you as you explore its hidden gems.

Experience High-Tech Bikes

Our fleet includes three different types of high-tech electric bikes, designed for riders of all levels. Whether you want to effortlessly coast along scenic trails or tackle more challenging terrain, our bikes are up for the task. You’ll be amazed at how these bikes enhance your exploration of our beloved land.

Meet the T̓iick̓in Team

Behind every great adventure is a dedicated team, and T̓iick̓in is no exception. Our team is led by Catherine Taylor, the daughter of Gordon Taylor Jr., who manages the operation. Assisting her is Kaleena George, the Assistant Manager, and Gordy Taylor III, the eBike Tech, and Gordon Taylor Jr.’s son. We’re excited to extend our services to guests at both Tin Wis and Tsawaak RV Resort, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to experience the thrill of T̓iick̓in ebikes.

Affordable Rental Rates

We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore our stunning landscapes on an electric bike. That’s why we offer flexible rental rates:

– Full Day: $70 (up to 8 hours)

– Half Day: $50 (up to 4 hours)

– Add an Extra Day: $75

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Pathway: ʔapsčiik t̓ašii

One of the highlights of your eBike adventure is the newly constructed multi-use pathway known as ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee). This 25-kilometer bike path connects Ucluelet and Tofino, offering ample space for both cyclists and pedestrians. It’s a magnificent route that takes you through some of the most breathtaking scenery the region has to offer.

Explore Ucluelet and Tofino Responsibly

As you set out on your ebike adventure, we kindly remind you to be respectful to all living beings, the land, and the water. Whether you encounter wildlife or fellow travelers, a spirit of respect and care guides your journey. And if you have any questions or simply want to share your experiences, please feel free to drop in and chat with our friendly team. We can’t wait to see you, and we wish you a safe and love-filled adventure in our beautiful territory.

At T̓iick̓in Ebike Rentals, we believe that every ride is a chance to connect with the land, immerse yourself in Indigenous culture, and contribute to the healing process. Book your electric bike adventure today and let the Thunderbird guide you through the enchanting landscapes of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation land.

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As you venture to the picturesque West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, you are stepping into the traditional territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, and Tla’amin Nation collectively call this breathtaking region home, and they are eager to share their rich culture and experiences with respectful travellers like you.

#IndigenouscoastBC is your exclusive invitation to immerse yourself in the beauty of these lands and to engage with the vibrant Indigenous tourism opportunities they offer. From campgrounds nestled amidst the ancient forests to hotels with stunning oceanfront views, your journey here promises to be nothing short of transformative.

Supporting Indigenous Businesses: Preserving Language and Culture

By choosing to explore Indigenous-owned businesses in these world-renowned destinations, you play a crucial role in supporting the preservation of language and culture deeply rooted in the land. The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations have a profound connection to their territories, and through #IndigenousCoastBC, they extend an invitation to share their traditions, wisdom, and stories with travelers like you.

To fully grasp the beauty and significance of this land, we invite you to visit the #IndigenousCoastBC website hub, presented by our esteemed media partner, ZenSeekers. Here, you’ll discover a wealth of information about the remarkable experiences that await you on this journey of cultural immersion.

Kiixin Tours | Bamfield, BC

Discover the Unifying Spirit of #IndigenousCoastBC

As you embark on this extraordinary adventure, we encourage you to enjoy and share your experiences, joining the thousands of others who aspire to see a unified Canada. Becoming a traveler who supports the rise of the Indigenous creative class is more than just a journey; it’s a meaningful contribution to preserving language, culture, and lands for generations to come.

Exploring the Rich Tapestry of History

Through the #IndigenousCoastBC search, you’ll uncover a treasure trove of inspiration and education, linking us all together on a road trip that delves into history spanning thousands of millennia. As you venture from one First Nation’s territory to another, you’ll be mesmerized by the intertwined threads of tradition and innovation, shaping the vibrant tapestry of Nuu-chah-nulth culture.

Secret Beach Campground | Ucluelet, BC

Embark on Your Nuu-chah-nulth Adventure Today!

Are you ready to be enchanted by the captivating landscapes, ancient forests, and the warmth of Indigenous hospitality? The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations await your arrival, eager to share the wonders of their homelands. Start planning your #IndigenousCoastBC adventure and embrace the opportunity to connect with nature, immerse yourself in the stories of the past, and forge unforgettable memories that will linger in your heart for a lifetime.

Join us as we celebrate the union of culture, land, and people in a journey that transcends time and boundaries. Together, let’s honor the Nuu-chah-nulth heritage and create a legacy of respect and appreciation for the land, its inhabitants, and the wonders of #IndigenousCoastBC.

Tsawaak RV Resort | Tofino, BC

Unleashing the Power of #IndigenousCoastBC

Welcome to #IndigenousCoastBC, where the power of the hashtag connects travellers like you with a community of like-minded individuals sharing their unique stories and experiences. Use this hashtag to share your own journey, capturing the essence of your encounters with the First Nations’ traditions, natural wonders, and heartwarming hospitality.

WATCH: Discover the Indigenous Coast of BC

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Welcome to Tsawaak RV Resort, the newest destination opening on July 16, 2023, in the breathtaking Tofino region on Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation homelands. Situated on the picturesque Tinwis Beach (also known as MacKenzie Beach), this resort offers an unparalleled location and an unforgettable experience.


Tsawaak RV Resort embraces its Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation heritage, as “tsawaak” translates to “we are one”. This new-for-2023 outdoor haven is poised to become the top choice for travellers seeking a remarkable vacation. With a range of RV sites and cabins for rent, you’ll have everything you need for an unforgettable stay.


When you choose Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground, you’ll be perfectly positioned to explore the wonders of Tofino. Here are a few must-do activities to add to your itinerary:

  1. Explore Mackenzie Beach from the water by renting a stand-up paddleboard from Tofino Paddle Surf.
  2. Indulge in an oceanside rejuvenation session with Tuff City Saunas, where you can relax and unwind in a stunning coastal setting.
  3. Treat your taste buds to the mouthwatering flavors of Lil Ronnie’s BBQ, known for serving the best barbecue on the West Coast. Enjoy your meal on their spacious patio while soaking in the lively atmosphere and live music performances.

By following this itinerary, you’ll discover some of Tofino’s top-rated spots, all within a convenient five-minute walking distance from Tsawaak RV Resort.


One of the highlights of Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground is its proximity to Tinwis, known in the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation dialect as “calm waters.” Located just minutes away, this serene spot allows you to enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness of the area. As Bryce Dabb, a recent visitor, describes, Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground offers a sense of peace, tranquility, and relaxation.


Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground embraces the lunar cycles, which held great significance for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. In alignment with their ancestral traditions, the resort features 13 locally crafted Tsawaak cabins. Each cabin is a testament to the rich heritage and connection to the land that the Tla-o-qui-aht people cherish.


With the addition of Tsawaak RV Resort, the Mackenzie Beach area becomes a hub of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations’ culture and heritage. The future onsite gallery showcases local art and Indigenous offerings, while Tin Wis Resort continues to develop Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations’ tourism experiences. By staying at Tsawaak, you actively support the rise and prosperity of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.


Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground officially opens on July 16, 2023, and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation eagerly welcomes you to book your stay today. Don’t miss the opportunity to win a Storm Light Outfitters/Tsawaak Welcome Pack, featuring a $200 Storm Light gift card and a collection of camping essentials, including a locally crafted Tofino Woodworks cutting board. Book your stay before opening day to enter the giveaway.


Tofino is a community with over 10,000 years of history, and the rise of Tla-o-qui-aht’s newest tourism experiences is on the horizon. By booking your stay at Tsawaak RV Resort, you become part of an extraordinary cultural force. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the land and the traditions of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.

With its unbeatable location, rich cultural intergrity, and commitment to sustainability, Tsawaak RV Resort promises an extraordinary Tofino experience. Don’t miss the chance to be among the first to create memories in this remarkable destination. Book your stay now and embark on an unforgettable journey on Tla-o-qui-aht homelands.


Embark on a virtual tour of Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground by watching their new video showcasing the stunning cabins, resort gift shop, and the breathtaking beach. The lush landscape and old-growth forest surrounding the resort create an enchanting atmosphere, offering a true West Coast cabin immersion experience. Open your senses to the beauty that awaits you at Tsawaak, opening its doors in July 2023.

WATCH: preview the new Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground, opening July 2023.

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As you plan your visit to the captivating Tofino region on Vancouver Island, it is essential to understand the significance of Indigenous Tourism and its role in fostering reconciliation. Amidst the sprawling beaches, diverse wildlife, and ancient forests, it is crucial to recognize that you are entering a land that has been inhabited by the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation since time immemorial. By embracing the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks’ ʔiisaak Pledge, you can practice awareness, gratitude, and respect as a guest within their ancestral territory.

The Essence of the ʔiisaak Pledge:

The ʔiisaak Pledge, meaning “respect” in the Tla-o-qui-aht language, embodies the core teachings and principles of the land. This pledge is not a mere checklist but a transformative journey of understanding and connection. Joe Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht’s Master Carver, explains that ʔiisaak is a teaching passed down through generations, beginning with the creation of life and continuing until death.

Cultivating Awareness and Connection:

By undertaking the ʔiisaak Pledge, you embark on a path of heightened awareness, recognizing the intricate relationship between people and the land they inhabit. This pledge invites you to understand the profound connection between humans, the territory’s land, and its waters. It sheds light on the power and magnificence of the natural world, emphasizing the joint responsibility of the community, including visitors, to ensure the land’s health and wellbeing.

Enriching Your Experience:

Embracing the ʔiisaak Pledge inherently enhances your experience of the Tofino region. By committing to respect and care for the land, you become an active participant in preserving its integrity. This journey allows you to appreciate the profound wisdom embedded within the Tla-o-qui-aht way of life, as well as the importance of coexistence with the diverse beings that share the land.

Practicing Gratitude:

Within the ʔiisaak Pledge lies an opportunity to express gratitude. Acknowledging the vital role played by the Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht nations in designating Clayoquot Sound as a UNESCO Biosphere Region is paramount. Their efforts halted deforestation and preserved the region’s pristine nature. It is essential to understand that the preservation of this land is rooted in its recognition as the home of the Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht nations.

An Invitation to Transformation:

Access to Indigenous territories, including Tla-o-qui-aht lands, is not an inherent privilege but a gracious invitation extended to visitors. By signing the ʔiisaak Pledge, you commit to changing the way you engage with the land and its people as a guest. It is an opportunity to foster a greater understanding and respect for the laws and custodianship of Indigenous communities, contributing to the larger context of Reconciliation in Canada and beyond.

Taking the ʔiisaak Pledge:

To embark on this transformative journey, visit the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks’ website here before your trip and take the ʔiisaak Pledge. By aligning your actions with your commitment during your stay, you actively participate in promoting reconciliation, cultural preservation, and sustainable tourism practices.

Indigenous tourism is a powerful platform for reconciliation, offering an opportunity to learn, appreciate, and respect the ancestral lands and cultures of Indigenous peoples. By embracing the ʔiisaak Pledge in Tla-o-qui-aht territory, you contribute to a more inclusive and harmonious relationship between visitors and Indigenous communities. Let us tread this path of awareness, gratitude, and respect, forging a brighter future founded on mutual understanding and appreciation for the rightful stewards of the land.

Join us on this transformative journey by taking the ʔiisaak Pledge in Tla-o-qui-aht lands.

On the site of this former village, the Nation-owned Tin Wis Resort offers guests a unique opportunity to travel and stay ethically, immersing themselves in the rich history and vibrant culture of this place. It’s time to embark on an Indigenous journey and become a part of something truly extraordinary.

The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation warmly welcomes visitors who are seeking a special place to slow down, reconnect with nature, and show respect for the land and its people. When you choose to stay at the Tin Wis Resort, you are embarking on a journey that will enrich your soul, open your mind, and allow you to experience the profound stories that have shaped this incredible land. It’s an invitation to embrace Indigenous culture, support vital preservation efforts, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of something truly transformative.

Tla-o-qui-aht carving

For thousands of years, the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation has been hosting visitors, sharing their traditions, and offering a glimpse into their way of life. The Tin Wis Resort stands as a legacy, serving as a cultural bridge that connects past and present, but it is also an economic pillar that fuels the Tla-o-qui-aht’s future. “Proceeds from the operations of Tin Wis go towards our new longhouse, gymnasium, and much-needed youth-focused programs, leading to the survival of our culture and Tla-o-qui-aht language,” shares Saya Masso from Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks. By choosing to stay at the Tin Wis, you are not just enjoying a memorable vacation, but also contributing to the preservation and empowerment of the Tla-o-qui-aht community.

Staying at the Tin Wis Resort opens doors to Indigenous culture, providing you with a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in authentic experiences while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Tofino’s paradise. It’s time to unlock the magic, support preservation efforts, and embark on a journey that will forever leave a mark on your soul. From Indigenous Art to exploring the surrounding nature and connecting with the land, every moment spent at the Tin Wis Resort is an opportunity for personal growth and transformation.

Tla-o-qui-aht drum

Supporting the Tla-o-qui-aht’s rise in Tofino’s visitor economy is both meaningful and effortless. By simply choosing to book your next stay in Tofino at the Tin Wis Resort, you become a vital part of the collective effort to preserve Indigenous culture, support sustainable practices, and empower the local community. Get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime as you immerse yourself in the beauty of Tla-o-qui-aht Lands. The adventure awaits!

The Tin Wis also champions the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Allies program in the accommodation sector. To learn more about the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Alliance and how you can make a difference, visit today.

As you plan your trip, keep in mind that the Tin Wis Bonus Card awaits you, offering exclusive benefits and unlocking a world of unforgettable experiences. Whether it’s exploring the pristine beaches, participating in cultural activities, or connecting with the local community, your journey at the Tin Wis Resort promises to be like no other.

Be sure to inquire about our Indigenous rates when making your reservation. The Tin Wis Resort proudly accepts status cards, making it even more accessible for everyone to experience the magic of this special place.

Looking for a job that breaks the mold of the traditional office? Look no further, because Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s magnificent Tin Wis Resort is hiring, offering you an office like no other. Imagine working in a stunning oceanfront setting, surrounded by the vibrant community of Tofino, British Columbia, on the breathtaking Vancouver Island.

Surfer in Tofino before work

At Tin Wis Resort, your office isn’t confined within four walls; it expands into the limitless expanse of the ocean. This isn’t your average “office job” – it’s an opportunity to connect with adventure, community, and an extraordinary lifestyle. If you’re ready to bring your smarts and professionalism to the table, the Tin Wis Resort team wants to talk to you.

Joining this remarkable team comes with incredible perks, starting with a surf pass that opens up endless opportunities to ride the waves. Just a three-minute stroll from the front desk, you’ll find yourself immersed in the power and beauty of the ocean, letting the rhythm of the surf fuel your soul. And did we mention that every room in this resort boasts a mesmerizing ocean view? Your workspace will be a daily reminder of the incredible environment that surrounds you.

Tin Wis Housekeeping Attendant in Tofino

But it doesn’t stop there. By working at Tin Wis Resort, you become an integral part of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation community, a rich heritage that spans thousands of years. You’ll experience a sense of belonging and purpose, knowing that your work is making a difference in supporting this ancient community’s presence in Tofino.

Alie Mancuso, a Tin Wis employee, understands the power of community. She finds meaning in her work by being part of something greater. “You are part of a community (working) for a greater cause,” she says. Imagine spending your days riding the waves, then transitioning seamlessly into work, where you contribute to the uplifting of the Tla-o-qui-aht presence in the community. It’s a fulfilling and transformative experience that uplifts you both on and off the waves.

Tin Wis Front Desk Guest Service Agent checking in a hotel guest.

Tin Wis Resort is hiring in various departments, from housekeeping and front desk to maintenance and landscaping. Share this incredible opportunity with your loved ones because, at Tin Wis, you’re not just joining a team – you’re becoming part of a family. Curtis Mason, a Tin Wis Employee, highlights the sense of unity among the staff. “We all lift each other up any way we can; co-workers at work but family outside of work. Those that come work here, they start out friends and they become family really quick.”

Besides the deep sense of purpose and belonging, the perks at Tin Wis are off the charts. As a team member, you’ll receive a surf pass, granting you access to the exhilarating world of surfing right outside your office. Tofino Paddle Surf, located on Mackenzie Beach in front of Tin Wis Resort, offers surf lessons that will have you shredding the waves with confidence.

Tin WIs staff member riding bike on beach to work.

Picture this: pick up your free board rental, head to the beach, conquer the waves with a smile on your face, drop off your board, and walk to work with a heart full of joy. It’s as simple as that.

Experience the indescribable spirit and vibrant atmosphere that fills the air at Tin Wis Resort. Where else can you ride the waves to work and feel a sense of belonging and purpose like no other? Your dream office awaits, and the ocean is calling your name.

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Are you ready for an extraordinary adventure in the captivating town of Tofino? Brace yourself, because we have something truly incredible to share with you today. Introducing the brand-new Tin Wis Bonus Card, your key to unlocking exclusive deals and unforgettable experiences during your stay at the breathtaking Tin Wis Resort. This is a game-changer, folks!

“You score all the Tofino highlights all in one card, while supporting Tla-o-qui-aht,” says Ashley Oscienny. 

The rooms at the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino are bright with ocean views, in British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
The rooms at the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino are bright with ocean views, in British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Located right on MacKenzie Beach, Tofino Paddle Surf Shop is your one-stop destination for all your ocean adventure needs. Whether you’re looking to rent equipment, embark on a thrilling Tofino adventure, or take a lesson on the water, you’ll find everything you need just steps away from your hotel room. And the best part? As our valued guest, you’ll receive a fantastic 10% OFF on rentals. Book in-shop or online using the code TINWIS10 and make sure to present your Bonus Card when you pick up your rental.

A family enjoys stand-up paddle boarding in front of the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort on Mackenzie Beach in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
A family enjoys stand-up paddle boarding in front of the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort on Mackenzie Beach in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Enhance your Tofino experience with the transformative power of yoga and wellness at Tofino Yoga. Picture yourself practicing beach yoga, synchronizing your breath with the rhythmic ebb and flow of the ocean, as the sun kisses your face, where you can connect with nature and create time and space for yourself. As a guest of ours, you’ll enjoy a fantastic 15% OFF on all yoga offerings listed above. Make sure to reserve your spot online using the code TINWIS and present your Bonus Card upon arrival.

Private yoga classes through Tofino Yoga can be booked on Mackenzie Beach in front of the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
Private yoga classes through Tofino Yoga can be booked on Mackenzie Beach in front of the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Prepare for a whole new perspective on Tofino with Tofino Air. Enjoy scenic flights from sand to summit and witness awe-inspiring views of Tofino’s famous beaches, including Cox Bay, while keeping an eye out for majestic wildlife such as grey whales and sea lions. As part of our special offer, you’ll receive an incredible 10% OFF the Sand to Summit Tour. Simply give them a call at 250-725-4454 to book your adventure and present your Bonus Card upon arrival.

Mountain landscapes surround Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
Mountain landscapes surround Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Discover the wonders of Tofino on wheels with Tofino Bike, your friendly neighborhood bike shop conveniently located near Tacofino, just a short ride from the Tin Wis Resort. Hop on their belt-driven beach cruisers and enjoy the sandy beaches without worrying about chain mishaps. To secure your beach cruiser rental, simply fill out their online reservation form or give them a call at 250-266-7655.

Tofino Bike Co, a bike rental company in Tofino, is located walking distance from the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
Tofino Bike Co, a bike rental company in Tofino, is located walking distance from the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Indulge your taste buds in delightful handmade gelato and sorbet from Chocolate Tofino, where passion and quality meet to create mouthwatering treats. Made fresh in-house from whole ingredients, their offerings cater to various dietary preferences, including vegan, non-dairy, nut-free, and gluten-free options. As our guest, you’ll enjoy an irresistible 10% OFF on gelato and sorbet. Just present your Bonus Card when you purchase your delectable treats.

Enjoy some local treats from Chocolate Tofino, in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
Enjoy some local treats from Chocolate Tofino, in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Elevate your West Coast experience by nourishing your mind, body, and spirit at Tuff City Saunas. Inspired by Finnish culture, their luxurious cedar saunas provide extraordinary heat therapy benefits. Whether you choose to relax at their oceanfront location on Mackenzie Beach, complete with a stunning view and a lounging deck, or opt for their mobile barrel sauna to get delivered to you, they are sure to meet the needs of your rugged and adventurous lifestyle. When you stay with us receive 15% OFF a session.

Tuff City Saunas is located a short walk from the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
Tuff City Saunas is located a short walk from the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers