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Paddling within the Ahousaht Hahoulthee

Stewardship Fees and Considerations

The Ahousaht Hahoulthee (territory) is a short paddle from Tofino. The Ahousaht territory has a rugged coastline and protected inlets providing an array of magical paddling through its varied breathtaking landscapes. This awe-inspiring region is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, pristine waters, and abundant wildlife. In welcoming visitors to ʕaḥuusʔatḥ haḥuułii, the ʕaḥuusʔatḥ want to continue their ancestral responsibility to steward and monitor the lands and waters that support their people. Through the introduction of a stewardship fee, the Ahousaht can support crucial conservation initiatives within their haḥuułii. This fee is collected through the Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society.

Paddling with Purpose: The Stewardship Fee

Understanding the significance of sustainable tourism and the need to protect their ancestral lands, the Ahousaht Nation has introduced a modest stewardship fee for all visitors engaging in recreation activities within their territories. This fee serves as a testament to their dedication to preserving their natural environment and safeguarding environmentally and culturally important species for future generations.

Convenient Payment via Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society Website

Contributing to Ahousaht’s conservation efforts has been made easy and accessible through their user-friendly website. Prior to embarking on your paddling adventure, you can easily pay the stewardship fee online. This streamlined process ensures a hassle-free experience, allowing you to focus on the wonders that await you in Ahousaht Territories.

An important note is that recreation users are asked to pay a day use fee for access to the area. An annual permit is only available for residents of the Esowista Peninsula. Additionally, the hot springs are a separate fee on top of the day use permit. 

You can pay your fee and learn more here:


Stewardship Fees


Paddle with Respect

While paddling throughout the Ahousaht haḥuułii, it is essential to show the utmost respect for the land, wildlife, and the local people. Practice the BC Marine Trails Code of Conduct, follow designated routes, and adhere to any guidelines provided by Ahousaht guardians or signage. BC Marine Trails has worked with the Ahousaht stewardship team to review acceptable campsite and day-use locations within the Hahoulthee. Please only camp or stop at sites displayed on our public map. Any camping at sites not marked on our map is not sanctioned by the Ahousaht First Nation.

Wildside Trail on Flores island - Photo by Sam Cutcliffe

Cameron Dalinghaus

Cameron is an avid kayaker and surfer living and recreating on the traditional territories of the Tla-o-qui-aht and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nations in Ucluelet, BC. Cameron is a graduate of the Thompson Rivers University Adventure Guide Diploma and holds a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies. His studies focus on natural resource sciences and Indigenous studies, with an emphasis on the intersection of colonial and Indigenous governance in Haida Gwaii marine and land use planning. Cameron spends his time commuting by kayak to private surf spots and exploring the hidden gems of BC’s coast. Cameron is also a professionally trained level 3 sea kayak guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. His passion for paddling and the sustainable and ethical use of our coast makes him a perfect fit as our Coastal Stewardship Coordinator.

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