AHOUS ADVENTURES: A CULTURE OF LANGUAGE, HISTORY AND STORYTELLING
Ahous Adventures invites visitors to explore Ahousaht territories through the lens of the people who have lived on and stewarded these lands and waters since time immemorial. Visitors will learn about Ahousaht’s Indigenous culture, language, history and storytelling. We believe by openly sharing Ahousaht knowledge, locals and visitors can deeply connect with the true spirit of this remarkable ecosystem. We hope our guests will feel called to honor the sacredness of the territories and seek to experience a guest-host relationship that is rooted in traditional Ahousaht values of respect and reciprocity. Visitors can offer the gifts of openness, patience and respect to Ahousaht in return.
Ahous Adventures is managed by the Ahousaht Ḥaẁiiḥ through the Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Enterprises Inc. (MHEI) and Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society (MHSS). Ahous Adventures is core to Ahousaht’s economic development plans in the tourism sector – a sector the Ahousaht have been historically marginalized from – with the intent to build a sustainable conservation economy, further the Ahousaht self-determination, create training, employment and mentorship opportunities for Ahousaht community members, and partnerships with non-Ahousaht businesses and crown governments.
Operating in tandem with the Tofino Wilderness Resort (purchased by MHEI in 2022), the two businesses will connect visitors to Ahousaht led tour offerings and destinations in the haḥuułii, including Lone Cone Mountain, the Wildside Trail, Nismaquin Park (Maquinna Marine Park), culture and healing programs, and more.