Posted by: cherylyoung | October 20, 2012

The unspoiled coastal village of Tahsis is situated at the head of Tahsis Inlet, on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island

The unspoiled coastal village of Tahsis is

situated at the head of Tahsis Inlet, on

the wild west coast of Vancouver Island

The unspoiled coastal village of Tahsis is

situated at the head of Tahsis Inlet, a deep

fjord on the wild west coast of Vancouver

Island that cuts northwards off Nootka Sound.

Tahsis offers access to numerous wilderness hiking trails,

and some of the best ocean kayaking on the west coast of

Vancouver Island.

The area is known for offering world-class sportfishing as

massive runs of salmon migrate down the west of British

Columbia to their spawning grounds in coastal streams

and rivers.

The picturesque and versatile west coast village offers a

wide range of accommodation, a full-service marina and

a safe, friendly small town atmosphere that boasts a

fascinating blend of history lessons and outdoor adventures.

Some of the most rugged and breathtaking scenery

in Canada is located right on the doorstep of Tahsis,

spawning a growing tourism industry that promises to make

a significant contribution to the local economy, alongside

fishing and forestry.

Except for the fur trade, this part of British Columbia

remained unchanged until the early 1900s, when logging

was introduced.

This forestry community started as a floating logging

camp in the 1940s, which later became a permanent

on-shore camp.

In the 1950s Tahsis expanded, and a bustling village

 took shape.

The road from Tahsis to Gold River was opened to the

public in 1972, attracting new families.

Wildlife abounded in the area back then, as it still does now,

including black bear, wolves, cougars, Roosevelt elk and

coastal black-tailed deer.

Visitors marvel at the sea lions and whales that are

common in the waters of Nootka Sound, and sea otters can

also be seen.

The area also supports one of the largest bald eagle

populations in North America.

Tahsis takes its name from a Mowachaht word, Tashees,

meaning “gateway or passage”.

The Mowachahts, whose winter home was here, used the valleys

of the Tahsis and Nimpkish Rivers as their route for trade

with aboriginal people on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

The area has been home to First Nations people for over

6,000 years.

In 1778, just 19 sea miles south of Tahsis at Friendly Cove,

Captain James Cook landed on the coast of British Columbia

to initiate the first contact between Europeans and the aboriginal

people, and claim the area for King George III of England.

Fourteen years later, Captain George Vancouver of England

and Governor Bodega Y Quadra of Spain met at Tahsis with

the Mowachaht Chief, Maquinna, to settle the international

dispute over ownership of the Pacific Coast from Alaska

to California.

Population: 562

Location: Tahsis is located 40 miles (63.5 km) northwest of

Gold River, and can be reached by water, road and air.

From the Pacific Ocean, you can reach the village of Tahsis

by way of Nootka Sound into Tahsis Inlet.

To reach Tahsis by road from the Island Highway 19, travel

west on Highway 28 from Campbell River, through

Strathcona Provincial Park, to Gold River.

From Gold River, follow the signs for approximately

40 miles (64 km) to the northwest on a gravel road through

beautiful mountain passes to Tahsis.

You will be driving on active logging roads, some stretches of

which have steep grades of up to 14%, so caution is required.

By air, there are regularly scheduled float plane service

s from Gold River, a charter service out of Campbell River,

and a helipad near the head of Tahsis Inlet.

View maps of the area:
Map of North Vancouver Island
Map of Brooks Peninsula/Tahsis


Make sure you check out the website for Tahis and when you are there

be sure to look up the mayor, Corrine Dabling







Here is a link to the info


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