West Coast of Vancouver Island
Barkley Sound, Ucluelet
Barkley Sound, Port Alberni
Tofino Resort & Marina
Ahousaht Stewardship Program
Permits can be purchased at the Ahousaht First Nations Office in Tofino and at most Tofino businesses. When anchored in Ahousaht waters within Clayoquot Sound, you may be approached by the Ahous Guardian vessel inviting you to purchase an anchoring permit, or they may ask if you have already donated and have a receipt. As a convenience, you can fill out the form and make your donation directly to the uniformed First Nations Representative aboard their vessel. A receipt will be provided for your permit fee/donation. The suggested amount is $10 per day, per person; or $40 per day for a group of 4 or more people.
A Misunderstood Program Revamped
The program first began in 2016, and its first incarnation was misunderstood as a required fee program instead of a voluntary donation program. The program has since been revamped for a more professional approach with trained Guardians. Ahousaht Stewardship Guardians who are ready to welcome you, provide cultural education, and provide assistance as needed. Look for a friendly visit via their bright yellow Ahous Guardian vessel. The Ahousaht believe in protecting the natural world, referred to as “our hahoulthlee,” for the enjoyment of all living beings through responsible stewardship and future land-use planning.
~ Lorena and Leonard Landon, Managing Editors, Waggoner Cruising Guide