Hesquiaht First Nation is the most northerly and also the most remote of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations in the Clayoquot Sound. In January 2000, Clayoquot Sound was designated for inclusion in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. This includes portions of our territories.
Along with 13 other First Nations on the West Coast of Vancouver Island we are members of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. Hot Springs Cove is our most inhabited reserve with approximately 55 people residing in the community. Our reserve in Hesquiaht has one family that lives in the area year-round, and several other families that reside there in the summer months.
History of the Hesquiaht Peoples
In 1964 our village was located at the head of the Bay in Refuge Cove when a Tsunami hit. The village was decimated, and those who lived there were displaced until 1972 when the decision was made to relocate to the east side of Refuge Cove, where the community remains to this day. Hesquiaht First Nation currently has approximately 700 members. Of those, many live in urban centres stretching the island from Port Alberni to Nanaimo and Victoria, as well as to the mainland in Vancouver.
Hesquiaht people still practice and pass down cultural traditions from generation to generation. Each of our Houses (knows as clans in other First Nation traditions) hold their cultural teachings very sacredly.
We are surrounded by natural wonders and opportunities to explore nature at every corner. Hot Springs Cove is located 30 nautical miles away from Tofino, BC. Our community lies on one side of the bay, and the natural Hot Springs lie on the other side of the bay, with a board walk trail that meanders through the forest from the Maquinna Marine Provincial Park dock and brings you to the springs. Whether you’re seeking a cottage on the water or a campground site, we’ll help you make the most of your hot springs getaway!
Hesquiaht is a great destination for those wishing to reconnect with the land. We are a friendly people, willing to share what we have with peoples from the world over.