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Coastal Canoe Tour

A cultural canoe tour with a Nuu-chah-nulth perspective.

Canoe Tours

Join us for a tour in a traditional-style canoe with a Nuuchahnulth guide! This has been THE way of getting around on the west coast of Vancouver Island for thousands of years, making it a special way to learn about local indigenous history and rich culture. 

The Coastal Canoe Tour

Our daily, 2 hour long Coastal Canoe Tour explores on the salty ocean waters of  Tla-o-qui-aht traditional territory In the Southern end of Clayoquot Sound. This tour is a great way to hear about traditional ways of life, changes through time, and Nuuchahnulth guides life stories.  This tour is normally scheduled over the low tide which means that more of the intertidal life is visible along the coastline.  Depending on various factors (tide height, wind, paddle power of group) this tour goes on various routes.  This is not two hours straight of paddling. There are regular breaks at appropriate times, which the guide facilitates.

The following are some of the potential routes:

-Around Stockham Island, with a close view of the ancient village of Opitsat.

-A paddle around Stone Island and Waxpincha Island (AKA Neilson Island) with a view of Lemmens Inlet.

-Around Chachatits island – more exposed to exciting ocean swell, view of gorgeous sandy beaches and the peaks of Chitapii Mountain (AKA Catface) in Ahousaht traditional territory.

Please note* T’ashii has both a traditional dugout cedar canoe and a fibreglass traditional-style canoe. Master carver Joe Martin carved the dugout cedar canoe. The dugout can accommodate 6 guests, the fibreglass one can accommodate 7 guests. The canoe that we decide to use for your trip will depend on various factors.

Age restrictions

Public tours – 5 years and older 
Private tours – No age restriction – please call 250.725.2169 to book a private tour


All canoe tours meet and depart from the lower “Shore” building downtown Tofino (380 Main st. unit 9)

Trip Times for 2020 may or may not get posted due to Corvid-19 pandemic.

Please check back later for details


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