Ahousaht is the largest of the Nuu-chah-nulth nations with over 2000 members. Located in a small bay on the east side of Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound is the village of Maaqtusiis where roughly 1/3 of their members reside. The traditional territories of the Ahousaht people are bordered by the Hesquiaht and Tla-o-qui-aht nations to the north and south respectively. These territories, within and beyond the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, are home to an incredibly diverse ecosystem and a rare ancient temperate rain forest. The Ahousaht people have lived in harmony with these territories since time immemorial guided by an understanding of the Nuu-chah-nulth worldview, “Hishuk ish tsawalk” which means “everything is one.”
With open arms and a big “chuu way!” the Ahousaht First Nation invites you to explore and learn about the people, territories, opportunities, and culture.
The Aauuknuk Lodge is an ecotourism operation with 22 rooms, one room with 2 double beds, and 19 rooms with a double bed in each for single/double occupancy. The lodge has a full operational kitchen, lounge area, shared mens and ladies washrooms, and coin operated laundry. There is a common room with satellite TV, a cell booster, and WiFi.
Lone Cone Hostel and Campground located on Meares Island at the old Ahousaht village site called Matsquiaht, the campground has 25 sites while the hostel includes 30 beds in separate men’s and women’s dorms, as well as 5 private rooms, each with a double bed. There is a large bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets. The hostel features a large kitchen and living area for groups to come together. Equipped with couches, folding chairs, a flat screen television, and a wood stove, this space works wonderfully to host meetings for approximately 50 people. For those who prefer to gather outside, there is plenty of outdoor space including a group fire pit. Complimentary Wi-Fi and a computer room are also available as well as a general store.
Walk the Wild Side Trail is an 11km escape along the west coast of Flores Island. Accessed from the village of Maaqtusiis the heritage trail has been developed into a must see tourism destination. There is a $25 fee to access the trail.
Explore the Ahousaht Hahoolthee for spiritual connections, eagles, whales, and other local happenings in the First Nations traditional territory of the Ahousaht with Spirit Eagle, offering cultural day tours.
Meeting & Event Facilities
Maaqtusiis Secondary School
For more information please contact the Ahousaht First Nation’s office at 250-670-9563 or 1-800-991-1433.