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Terrace Beach Interpretive Trail

Parking is available at He-Tin-Kis Park, also the trailhead for Terrace Beach. There is a toilet at the parking lot but no running water.

Terrace Beach Interpretive trail traces the scenic shoreline. The headland to the north is impassable.

Welcome to an ancient and living culture

PAinter's perchThe Wild Pacific Trail is built on the traditional territory of the Ucluelet First Nation, a part of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. 

As you walk the trail imagine Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ villages, harvesting camps on beaches and cedar canoes working offshore.

For thousands of years First Nations have inhabited this area, using local sites in seasonal rotation to follow such resources as salmon and herring runs. Abundant shellfish and wild plants such as salal berries formed an important part of the coastal diet. Cedar trees were also used for shelter, clothing, carving and tools. All these practices adhered to hahuuthli, a system of resource ownership and stewardship. The rich biodiversity of the Pacific Rim supported an estimated 10,000 Nuu-chah-nulth in this region.

To learn more visit our Terrace Beach Interpretive Trail at the site of an ancient canoe beach and midden at least 5,000 years old. Be sure to read the small plant plaques which discuss traditional uses of many plants along the trail. Signs in this area were developed in partnership with Yuutu?it?ah elders, notably the late Barb Touchie, Vi Mundy and Bob Mundy. New signs are currently being researched for the Acient Cedars trail thanks to Carey Cunneyworth, Melisa Bouchard and Jeneva Touchie.

The Kwisitis Visitor Centre in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve has an extensive museum well worth visiting with artifacts, stories, videos, and a full size whaling canoe.

See these links: Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government - Ucluelet First Nation | Kwisitis Visitor Centre