The Village of Ahousat is on Flores Island and is accessible only by water taxi, boat, river float plane or helicopter.
A two hour scenic drive north from Port Alberni along Highway 4 to Tofino is followed by a 35 minute water taxi boat ride to the village of Ahousat.
You can arrange for a water taxi yourself or catch a scheduled sailing on BC Ferries.
Visit the Ahousaht Village website for an extensive list of travel options.
You can also phone the band office at (250) 670-9531 if you need assistance.
Tofino Bus provides bus and charter bus services from Victoria to Tofino.
There is no public transit in Ahousat.
BC Ferries provides service to Tofino, which is the closest access point to Ahousat. Please check online for current fares and detailed schedules.
GI Charles Charter Service
P: 250 670-2456 / 250 731-7758
Rocky Pass Charter Service
P: 250 670-9587
Cougar Island Charter Service
P: 250 670-9692
White Star Charter Service
P: 250 670-9683
Miss Coalli Charter Service
P: 250 670-9549 / 250 670-9676
The Ahousat Band Council offers details and advice on re-locating to Ahousat.
The closest banking facilities are located in Tofino. The closest ATM is at the Tseshaht Market located between Tofino and Port Alberni.
Maaqtusiis Elementary (K-7, 131 Students)
Ahousaht, BC, V0R 1A0
P: 250 670-9589 | F: 250 670-9543
Maaqtusiis Secondary (8-12, 89 Students)
Ahousaht, BC, V0R 1A0
P: 250 670-9680 | F: 250 670-9574
The focal point of Ahousaht’s recreation offerings is Aauuknuk Lodge located 15 minutes away from the village. It is an ecologically sustainable, ecotourism operation owned and operated by the Ahousaht of Flores Island.
From this location, visitors to the island can relax on the beach, hike scenic trails and watch coastal wildlife up close. Local tour company Jamie’s offers day trips to view whales, seals, otters, bears, eagles and many other inhabitants of the lands and waters.
Hikers will enjoy The Wild Side Trail as it winds its way through ancient Sitka forests and visits two of the most spectacular pristine beaches in Clayoquot Sound – Whitesands Beach and Cow Bay. Used by the Ahousaht people for thousands of years, Walk the Wild Side Trail is an 11 km escape into the wilderness of Clayoquot Sound. First restored in the early 1990’s, the trail has developed into a must-see ecotourism destination for those visiting Tofino and Ucluelet. The Wild Side Trail is a seasonal attraction accessible for a fee and is closed during the winter months.
Ecotours by kayak are very popular and local guides and rentals are available in Tofino at Sea Kayakers.
For those with more interest in history, art and culture, visit the House of Himwitsa. Located a short drive from Ahousat, the House of Himwitsa showcases native art, a dockside fish market and cannery, a smokehouse and a restaurant.
Every Christmas brings an annual dinner hosted by a local family with everyone invited. This annual event is by donation and very community friendly.