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  • Community Information

    Ahousaht (also spelled Ahousat) means people of Ahous, a small bay on the west side of Vargas Island in Clayoquot Sound. Ahousaht can be translated to mean ‘people living with their backs to the land and mountains on a beach along the open sea.’ Members of this community are employed seasonally in silviculture, water taxi transport, construction, eco-tourism, forestry and aquaculture.

    Located within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, Ahousat is home to an incredibly diverse ecosystem and a rare ancient temperate rain forest. The Wild Side Heritage Trail is the only living cultural trail in Canada and is used for spiritual practices as well as traditional food and medicinal plant gathering by the Ahousaht for hundreds of years.

    INDUSTRY:
    Eco/tourism, finfish aquaculture, forestry and fishing (including shellfish)


    • Population

      Town Population: 2,007 (Aboriginal Affairs 2012)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Central Vancouver Island

      Regional District: Alberni

      Rural designation: RSA community

      RRP designation: A

      RRP points: 26.25


    • Practitioners

      There are no general practitioners yet in this community.


    • Clinic

      Tonquin Clinic / CHR Community Health Clinic
      433 Ahousat Reserve
      Ahousat, BC, V0R 1A0
      

    • Maternity

      Danielle Enskaitis
      DEME Pre- and Postnatal Services
      P: 604 339-6621
      


    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Annual retina and diabetes checks are available through ITHA/VIHA. Contact the Nuu-chah-nulth Community Care Centre for details.
      
      Tonquin Clinic / CHR Community Health Clinic
      433 Ahousat Reserve
      Ahousat, BC, V0R 1A0
      P: 250 670-9635 | F: 250 670-9696
      


    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Ahousaht Holistic Recovery Centre
      Box 91, 458 Ahousat Reserve
      Ahousaht, BC, V0R 1L6
      P: 250 670-9558 | F: 250 670-9554
      ahousatholistic@alberni.net
      

    • Social workers

      Ahousaht Holistic Recovery Centre
      Box 91, 458 Ahousat Reserve
      Ahousaht, BC, V0R 1L6
      P: 250 670-9558 | F: 250 670-9554
      ahousatholistic@alberni.net
      

  • Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council
    USMA Family and Child Services
    Box 99, 4000 Stamp Avenue
    Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7M2
    P: 250 724-3232 | F: 250 723-6017 | TF: 1 877 722-3232