Community Description

The Hesquiaht First Nation is a Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations band government based on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Hesquiaht First Nation is the most northerly and also the most remote of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations in the Clayoquot Sound. 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.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Economic Development Background

The Hesquiaht Chief and Council operate businesses in Hot Springs Cove. The Hesquiaht Council is currently weighing the option of private arrangements for some of these businesses. In addition, fisheries historically were one of the strongest sources of employment, and the Nation was known, amongst other things, for its boat building yard and associated skills. Operating in coordination with, but independent from, Council, Hesquiaht still has active fishermen.

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

The Hesquiaht First Nation has interests in the hospitality and tourism industries, with a Lodge at Host Spring Cove, ecotourism in its Old Growth Forest, as well as access to touristic sites like the Hesquiaht Hot Springs and Cougar Annie's Garden. The community is party to two Forestry Agreements with the Provincial Government

Community Details:

Vancouver Island & Coast
Variation Hesquiat; Meaning "People Of The Sound Made By Eating Herring Eggs Off Eel Grass"
West Coast (Nanaimo)
320.5 hectares

Contact Details:

Bob Anderson Tribal Administrator
(250) 670-1101
(250) 670-1102
P.O. Box 2000 Tofino, BC, Canada V0R 2Z0
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