One-day itinerary – Kiixin indigenous tour experience




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Getting there From Vancouver

8:30 am - Take the Horseshoe Bay Ferry to Nanaimo

9:50 am - Arrive Nanaimo

Drive: Head out on BC-19 N and BC-4 for a little more than an hour. (Be sure to grab a snack or lunch along the way. A couple of recommendations: J&L, a drive-in restaurant serving things like fish and chips, hot dogs and burgers. Bare Bones Fish and Chips with big platters of fish and chips.

#ExplorePortAlberni, start by checking into Port Alberni Tourism’s website.

Getting there from Victoria 

Take the Trans-Canada Hwy/BC 1 N to Nanaimo, then follow the above directions to Port Alberni

11:30 a.m. - Arrive at the Huu-ay-aht First Nations office, 4644 Adelaide St., Port Alberni to meet your guide. You’ll hop in a van and head to Kiixin, about a two-hour drive on a logging road.

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1:30 p.m. – Arrive at Kiixin First Nations Village

Watch this YouTube video to learn more before you arrive

Watch Kiixin Village #ExplorePortAlberni on YouTube.

1:30 – 3:30 pm – Spend the next couple of hours with your guide learning about the fascinating lives of the First Nations people who lived in this area. You’ll walk through an ancient forest along boardwalk and on the beach.

5:30 p.m. – Arrive back at the tour office to retrieve your car.

6 p.m. - Make a stop at Twin City Brewing for a brew and a bite. It’s located at 4503 Margaret St. Directions here.

Plan to spend the night at Barclay Best Western Hotel.

Suggested gear for the hike

  • Be sure to bring a daypack with water and snacks and/or a lunch.

  • Wear hiking boots or running shoes

  • Sunblock and a hat

  • Hiking poles

What you need to know before you go

  • Reservations are required for the Kiixin Indigenous Tour Experience

  • Book here.

  • Tours are available from the long May weekend to the end of September

  • Call 250-735-3432, or e-mail [email protected] to reserve your spot. A maximum of 20 people per tour.

  • Cost: Pay by donation. Recommended $20.

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If You Go

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Start planning your adventures in Port Alberni at Alberni Valley Tourism .

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Find out more at the City of Port Alberni’s website .

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