The Nitinaht Region has been home to the Ditidaht People for over 5,000 years. Come, walk in the footsteps of our ancestors on the epic West Coast Trail, ride the legendary winds of Nitinaht Lake, sit with some of the planet’s oldest and largest trees in Carmanah Walbran and Pacific Rim Parks, and listen to the stories of our people. All of this and more is here in one beautiful, remarkably untouched place. Disconnect from your everyday life and connect with everything. Here @Nitinaht.
West Coast Trail
The world’s best hike just got even better.
The West Coast Trail is epic on so many levels: gorgeous beaches, cool caves, hidden pocket coves, weird cliffs and a lifetime of memories. And now it’s even easier to get on the trail: we’re a new (third) entry point for West Coast Trail, and we’re offering shorter hikes and comfort camping for “weekend warriors” and more casual adventurers who may not wish to hike all 75 kilometres of the trail.
Windriders don’t call this place Mecca for nothing.
The solid truth is the winds at Nitinaht Lake will never let you down. Some call Nitinaht Canada’s largest salt water lake, but really it’s a 20-kilometre ocean fiord with unique geological features that produce remarkably consistent, strong winds. Of course a lake this beautiful is meant to be shared, and kayakers, canoeists and sports fishers create their own amazing stories here too.
- Nitinaht Lake Motel (May 1-Sept 30)
- Nitinaht Visitor Centre/General Store
250-745-3999 (May 1-Sept 30)
Note: this is the contact for West Coast Trail inquiries
- West Coast Trail 3rd Entrance Orientation Centre
Nitinaht Visitor Centre/General Store
250-745-3999 (May 1-Sept 30)
- Windsurf Campsite
Inquiries at Nitinaht Visitor Centre/General Store
250-745-3999 (May 1-Sept 30) or https://nitinahtcampground.com (year round)
Our 1,000 year old trees are waiting to meet you.
Walk through what feels like a wall of mist and a time machine, and you’ll soon find yourself amongst the biggest and best collection of ancient trees anywhere. The Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park and the Pacific Rim National Park are two of the most intact, protected ancient coastal rainforests in the world, and are home to a fantastic number of the oldest, largest and tallest trees anywhere, including the Carmanah Giant and the newly discovered Cheewhat Cedar.
The Ditidaht First Nation will be holding 3 community engagement sessions (Malachan, Port Alberni and Nanaimo). We encourage all members to attend these sessions to provide input into the development.
Dinner will be provided.
Just like on our old website (Ditidaht.ca), our new website (Nitinaht.ca) has a password protected area that contains treaty updates and other important information. By now you should have received an email that explains the simple steps to follow to create your password. If you didn’t get an email, go to nitinaht.ca/members and ask for one. Problems? Fill out the form at nitinaht.ca/contacts. Note: Don’t worry if you keep thinking the website address is Ditidaht.ca. It is linked with Nitinaht.ca.
Our new Nitinaht.ca website has three parts: tourism, economic development and member information. This site is the ‘go to’ place for information about what’s happening in our region and in our Nation. Have an item for the community calendar? Want to add something to the newsfeed? Need to send a bulletin to all members? Just email and we’ll make it happen.