Hot Springs Cove - ʔupnit

Vancouver Island
Paddling Area:Clayoquot Sound
Coordinates:49.36335, -126.2647167
Site Type:Commercial
Tent Sites:10
Site Access:Sea, trail
Marine Trail:N/A
Last Update:01/12/2023

Landing Comments:

Sheltered inlet. Easy at high water at cleared boat run among boulders. Moderate at low water on steep boulder, cobble beach. Boat, float plane traffic.

Camp Comments:

Open 2023 – Fees for Camping and Ahousaht Stewardship Fee
Developed campsite with very small rough sites. Shelter, picnic table. Rough pit toilet, likely unusable. No fires. Fee charged. Operator suggests using composting toilets in adjacent Provincial Park. Site operator will bring water from village in jugs but only on request.

Other Comments:

Water is available at the adjacent provincial park. The hot springs are open to the general public from dawn until dusk. However, permitted commercial operators are only allowed to bring guests to the park between the hours of 11am-5pm. Some hours are reserved for Nuu-chah-nulth visitation only. These times will be posted in the spring.

ʔupnit –
This was the main summer and winter village for the Maan̓uʔishʔatḥ. Whaling expeditions set out from here. Drucker states the ʔuutsuʔisʔatḥ palisaded this village as a defensive measure during their war with the ʔaaḥuusʔatḥ. Despite the precautions the Clayoquot ” butchered the entire camp” in retaliation for the killing of the Clayoquot wife of the Ahousaht 3rd Chief (the name means, ” place of calm waters “).

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