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DISCOVER Kiix̣in! Huu-ay-aht's 5000 yr old village, is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC. EXPLORE the only known remaining First Nations village with significant standing remains. CONNECT with their story on this 4-hour culturally guided hiking tour. The 2023 summer season offers day & evening tours | Thurs-Sun | May 19 - Sept. 3|Online bookings only at Kiixin.ca
Bamfield, British Columbia, Canada

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traveler5458
Vancouver, Canada52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We loved this 4 hour tour with our guide Wiskey - Keats. He was so knowledgable and passionate about the history of his people. We learned so much and the highlight was listening to his amazing songs and drumming at the beach. Keats led us through a beautiful path in the forest, pointing out the culturally modified trees, then once we were on the beach we had some free time to explore the shore and then went into the village site and saw 3 sites of former longhouses. The houses are all fallen down but there are some entrance posts and the roof beams are there so we could see the area of the former houses. we also saw some whale bones in a pit at the back of one house.
the only adivce I have for visitors is to bring moskito repellent, and that the trail is fairly rough so you need to be agile to do it. I would not recommend it for people over 70 years old unless they are very agile and fit. there are roots, big steps up and down.
Written July 20, 2023
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Nathalie S
Montreal, Canada8 contributions
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Jul 2021
We had the pleasure of taking this wonderful tour with Stella. She is very knowledgeable and interesting. We learned so many interesting facts about the First Nations people, their history, their way of life, their politics, traditions, customs and the atrocities they had to endure.
The walk through the forest was magical, Stella took the time to point out different plants and berries, animal tracks, trees etc. on the way to the bay, which was breathtaking! We highly recommend this tour! Nathalie and John
Written August 3, 2021
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nudibranch
Tofino, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This tour was beautiful. Our guide Wish-key was so knowledgeable and excited to share with us the history and stories of this village. It was a perfect blend of knowledge and fun. And the icing on top was the amazing landscape. The trail was very easy to walk, and this would be an amazing tour for people of all ages. If you ever find yourself in Bamfield, this is a must do tour!
Written July 25, 2021
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David M
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Jul 2023 • Friends
Touring the sacred site of the remains of the Kiixin village was a beautiful and moving experience for our group. Our guide brought it back to life for us with his stories and songs. The beach was magical. Everyone grew very quiet. It was sad to think of what has been lost in recent times. But the hopeful part, as our guide reminded us speaking of his people, "We are still here!"
Written August 23, 2023
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llpatton
57 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Family
This tour was awesome! The kids loved it and it was amazing to watch them re-tell the stories they heard to other who didn't go. Wish-Key shared a ton of history, we all learned a lot! Highly recommend.
Written July 21, 2019
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HH1
Vancouver, Canada8 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Family
This was very educational and Stella knows her history and it was a pleasure listening to her. There were several adults in our group, 3 seniors (mid to late 70's), 2 teenagers and 2 children (8 and 10 yrs old) and we all loved it. It's a beautiful hike in the woods and at the end of it, is a beautiful sandy beach where words can't describe how beautiful it is. I highly recommend taking this tour and its well worth it!
Written July 29, 2019
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k11o
Honolulu, HI13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
My daughter and I learned so much from the tour. Definitely not to be missed if you are in the area!
Written August 15, 2022
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Phyllis M
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
It was absolutely amazing. And the hosts were the best. Very informative. Well worth our time.. would recommend to everyone.
Written July 17, 2022
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Tami B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Abolutely wonderful, this tour truly is a walk through time. Our guide was the best, and his stories were priceless. I will recomment this tour to everyone who considers visiting Bamfield! Thanks again.
Written September 21, 2021
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Adam D
Tofino, Canada24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was my second time doing the Kiixin tour and it was just as amazing as the first time I did it. Both times I had Wish-key as our guide who is a gem of a storyteller conveying with emotion and detail the "journey through time" of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations.

We arrived via boat and were shuttled out to the trailhead within 10-minutes at which time we began our walk through the rainforest. Along the way Wish-key stopped to explain Culturally Modified Trees and other important cultural details about the rainforest. After about 20-minutes in the rainforest, walking along a boardwalk, we descended a staircase which brought us to an opening that leads to one of the most beautiful bays you will ever see. This bay/beach is the traditional village site of Kiixin. Here, Wish-key gave us about 15 minutes to explore the beach, take some photos and soak up the stunningness that surrounded us. Afterwards, Wish-key gave us what he called "Huu-ay-aht 101" - an introduction to the people who lived along this sliver of coastline for over 5000+ years.

After our introduction and a welcoming song, Wish-key lead us into the forest again where we were shown the remnants of longhouses. These houses included that of the chief which features remains of whale bones that were collected hundreds of years ago during a traditional hunt. It's absolutely incredible to see the remains of these structures, especially knowing that over time, they will decompose and be absorbed back into the forest.

Before the conclusion of our tour, Wish-key took us to a corner of the beach where he continued to inform us about the traditional whaling techniques followed by another song.

Having done this tour twice, I really loved that the two tours were quite different. Wish-key has soooo many stories he can share throughout the duration of the tour which makes each experience completely unique.
Written July 25, 2021
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