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Meares Island Canoe Tour

Explore the big tree trail with a first nations guide perspective

Paddle in a traditional-style canoe to the Big Tree Trail

NOTE: Canoe tours begin when tourism is safe and viable again. Please check back for times. We hope to have a better idea in May 2020.

One of the most unique experiences in Tofino, join a Nuu-chah-nulth guide for a paddle and guided walk on the Big Tree Trail. Paddle as a group in our traditional-style canoe to experience being among 1000-year-old cedar trees in the ancient rainforest on Meares Island.  Learn about First Nations culture, history, and environment. 

More about the big tree trail and Meares Island: what makes Meares Island such a special place on the west coast?


**Note on mobility issues: The boardwalk trail on Meares Island is  800 meters one way. It is a rugged trail with slippery sections and a flight of 18 of steps and other steep narrow sections with no railings. Depending on the landing site there are also roots and rocks to climb over in order to access the trail from the landing area. For these reasons, the trail is not recommended for anyone that this may pose challenges for.  A good alternative is our 2 hour Coastal Canoe tour which includes paddling an exploring in the dugout canoes without a stop at Meares Island. 

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

More Details: what to bring, where to meet, and what to expect


  • Group paddle in a multi-passenger canoe. 
  • Paddle and life jacket.
  • Guided walk on the Big Tree Trail in the Tribal Park on Meares Island.
  • Local First Nation guided interpretation of the area, the environment, history and culture.
  • 4-hour round trip: Roughly half the time spent on the water and half the time spent on the island (guide uses ocean currents to groups advantage) 

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 canoe can accommodate 7 guests. The canoe that we decide to use for your trip will depend on various factors.

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we hope to have a schedule up in May. Please check back for times.


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