Our Commitment to Conservation & Sustainable Tourism

We are committed to preserving the environment we live and work in.

Long Beach Nature is located in the traditional territory of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. We acknowledge that the people here have relationships and responsibilities to this land that have existed for over 15,000 years or more and how settler presence and culture have impacted those connections.

In the Tla-o-qui-aht system of governance, the Ha’wiih (Hereditary Chiefs) are entrusted exclusive rights and responsibilities (Ha’wilthmis) over their lineage’s traditional territory (Ha’huulthii). The Ha’wiih’s ha’wilthmis is to care for the land and for the people (maastchim) under their jurisdiction. The Tla-o-qui-aht Ha’huulthii borders are defined by natural watershed areas, extending West from the peaks of the mountains near Sutton Pass to fishing sites beyond the horizon of the Pacific Ocean.

Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks

Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks was established in 1984 in response to the devastating practices of clear cut logging and the preservation of the Chiefs ancient rainforest and coastal waters protection on Wah-Nah-Jus Hilth-hoo-is (Meares Island). Since then the Tribal Park model has expanded to include all of Tla-o-qui-aht territories in its entirety. Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks land and sea vision is to provide employment opportunities in the conservation economy. Tribal Parks Guardians are involved in environmental, archaeology and stewardship monitoring. Tribal Park Guardians support the well-being of Tla-o-qui-aht peoples and the environment, through tribal park monitoring and enforcement, tourism guiding and management, and reconnecting our people to the territory.

The Tribal Parks Allies are a community of businesses committed to supporting the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s vision of achieving a socially and ecologically just conservation economy, where every dollar spent supports the ecological protection and restoration of the Tribal Parks ancestral gardens and the resurgence of Tla-o-qui-aht culture and governance. The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations define what it means for businesses to be Allies and ambassadors of our Tribal Parks. Allies demonstrate to communities across Canada that reconciliation starts locally.

For every tour that is booked within the Tla-o-qui-aht Ha’huulthii, a Ecosystem Stewardship Contribution of %1 will be added to each fare in support of investing in tourism infrastructure with our Tribal Parks Guardians, and maintain a clean and healthy homeland for our guests’ continued enjoyment.

How can you help?

Nature United is helping to safeguard some of the planet’s largest stores of forest carbon. The approach is to blend economy, nature, and local stewardship—ensuring the communities who know the land best are in a position to care for it for generations to come. Through the Nations’ land visions, carbon finance could lead to sequestering as much as 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 . Projects like this create new local jobs and maximize the role of Clayoquot Sound’s old-growth forests in mitigating climate change.

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Marine Debris Removal Initiative

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most tour companies lost their entire 2020 operating seasons, resulting in severe financial challenges and realities. In response, the SSTOA and the Wilderness Tourism Association of BC pivoted to collaboratively seek alternative options for generating revenue, mitigating massive financial losses, employment of crew, and contributing to the social, cultural, ecological, and economic well-being of the BC coast. Long Beach Nature being closed for the entirely of 2020, was fortunate to be apart of the crew with this initiative.

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Long Beach Nature would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate, the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We would like to extend that respect to the Ahousaht, Hesquiaht to the north and the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, Huu-ay-aht to the south and all the First Nations of the region.

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