Thursday 30 January 2020

BCO Coastal Gem: Tahsis

The Village of Tahsis is situated at the head of protected Tahsis Inlet, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island near Nootka Sound. The picturesque and versatile coastal village offers some of the most rugged and breathtaking scenery in British Columbia, with lush rainforest and steep mountainsides leading to the inlet waters.

 The area is best known for offering world-class sport fishing as massive runs of salmon migrate down the west of British Columbia to their spawning grounds in coastal streams and rivers. Anglers can also venture out to the Pacific Ocean where fishing is excellent for halibut, flounder, rockfish and lingcod. Crabs, prawns, shrimp, oysters and other seafood are also plentiful.

Tahsis has become an eco-tourism destination, offering access to wilderness hiking trails, caving, incredible ocean kayaking, scuba diving, wind surfing, sailing and canoeing.

Wildlife abounds in the region; black bears, wolves, cougars, Roosevelt elk and coastal black-tailed deer are frequent visitors to this area. Guests from around the world marvel at the eagles, sea lions, whales and other marine wildlife that is common in the nearby waters.

Tahsis is 150km from the major urban centre of Campbell River, and 66km from the village of Gold River. The gravel road from Gold River to Tahsis is known as the Tree to Sea Drive. There are a number of interesting sites along this drive, including the highest point at Bull Lake Summit (586m) and the Three Sisters Waterfall.

The Village has a rich history, with First Nations having been in the area for 4,000 years. As a typical west-coast resource town the village at one time had a population of 2,500. While the coastal resource base has changed, the village has maintained itself as a hub for outdoor enthusiasts and fishermen. The Tahsis Museum provides information and displays on much of the history of both the town and the area.

Lodging in the area ranges from guest houses and B&Bs to full-service marinas and a campground. The population is approx. 300 full-time residents, with many others maintaining seasonal residences.

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