Nuu-chah-nulth people have lived in Clayoquot Sound and in balance with the land and ocean for tens of thousands of years. Trade brought explorers into the region in the 18th Century. First contact was in August 1774, near Hesquiat, when Juan Pérez sailed Spanish frigate Santiago into the Sound searching for gold, silver and more. Gifts were […]


Clayoquot Sound has been the home and traditional fishing grounds of Nuu-chah-nulth people for tens of thousands of years: Tla-o-qui-aht, Hesquiaht and Ahousaht First Nations, which includes the Kelsemaht people. An archaeological dig in the 1960s in Hesquiaht, near Hot Springs Cove, showed evidence of occupation onsite for at least 6,500 years.


Clayoquot Sound is a treasure chest of environmental jewels: from the glittering diamonds of sunlight dancing across the wavetops to the emerald velvet of old-growth rainforest carpeting the mountaintops. The rainforests of Clayoquot Sound are part of a larger 74,000 km-stretch of Pacific temperate rainforest along coastal BC.