our Story

Hesquiaht location

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 there year round and several other families that reside there in the summer months.

Our culture

Hesquiaht people still practice and pass down cultural traditions from generation to generation.  

Each of our Houses (known as clans in other First Nation traditions) holds their cultural teachings very sacredly.  

Hesquiaht is a great destination for those wishing to reconnect with the land. We are very connected to our land and the animals as shown throughout traditional Hesquiaht artwork. We are friendly people, willing to share what we have with people from the world over.

our values

The Tsunami of 1964

The largest ever-recorded North American earthquake shook our village at the head of the Bay in Refuge Cove. When the Tsunami hit of 18 homes on the shores of Hot Springs Cove, only two were not destroyed. Amazingly, despite the lack of warning and given the magnitude of destruction, no lives were lost in Hot Springs Cove that night. With no power for lights, people scrambled to high ground by the light of the full moon as rising water lifted houses off their foundations. Some were forced to swim with their babies on the bitterly cold March night. 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 has 700 members. 

natural Hot springs

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, a boardwalk trail meanders through the forest from the government wharf to bring you to the “Springs”. 3 falls cascade over the rocks and fill 3-5 small pools, depending on high or low tide.

Here you will see native & introduced plant species along with Cougar Annie’s original home & other interesting building structures that are meant to blend and fit within the environment. You will also find the scenic 50km Hesquiaht Peninsula Trail within the Hesquiaht Harbour.

hot springs cove