Near the trail, the Nitinat Triangle is one of BC’s best wilderness canoeing areas, popular for multi-day journeys between a series of pristine lakes surrounded by thousand-year-old cedars known as Hobiton, Tsusiat and Squalicum.
Nuu-chah-nulth peoples have occupied this area since time immemorial, with cultures deeply interlinked with the cedar, salmon, sea lions, whales and other ocean creatures. Today, the Nuu-chah-nulth principles of Iisaak (respect) and Hishuk ish ts’awalk (everything is one) guide the management and operations of the park. Nine distinct Nations work with Parks Canada to cooperatively manage the park, incorporating the use of Nuu-chah-nulth knowledge and language.
As the traditional guardians of the lands and waters, the three Nations work to restore and protect the area. Since 1995, their West Coast Trail Guardians have cared for the trails and land, sharing stories and knowledge with visiting hikers and ensuring respectful use of their territories.