Creating a Future As Rich as Our Past.

On the Job with the West Coast Trail Crew

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 in Featured, Uncategorized | 3 comments

After a busy season maintaining the first 25 km of the West Coast Trail, our five-person crew has completed their work. Watch the following pictorial for more information about their summer experience assisting Parks Canada, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of hikers, and sharing some of our culture.


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Summer 2014 Economic Update

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

According to the American author and Nobel Laureate, Pearl S. Buck, “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”

Embracing this sentiment over the past six months, the HFN group of businesses has created workplace opportunities that help transfer skills and joy in work to Huu-ay-aht citizens and associates. Through partnerships with industry, on-the-job training programs, and short-term work placements, the HFN group has provided exciting opportunities for employees seeking excellence and satisfaction on the job.

Beginning with the largest business in its holdings, the HFN group forged partnerships with local companies to
fashion workplace training and experience for those interested in the forest industry. After working with the
shake and shingle operation, Patrick Nookemus is receiving training as a Hook Tender with a grapple yarding crew through a partnership with Western Forest Products.

Read the full summer update here. 

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Winter 2014 Economic Update

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Accepting nature’s gifts is nothing new to Huu-ay-aht citizens, but this year the Huu-ay-aht group of businesses plans to take that one step further. Working with The Barkley Project Group Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in small hydropower projects, the Huu- ay-aht group of businesses plans to complete designs for a hydropower project that will harness nature’s energy on the Sarita River.

The project, which has been in the works for several years, will eventually see a weir, powerhouse, and penstock installed downstream of Sarita Lake and approximately five kilometres upstream of Numukamis Bay. Unlike traditional hydro projects, which often rely on storing large amounts of water, this “run-of-river” project uses the natural elevation and flow of the stream to create power.

“The Sarita River hydropower project is a ‘low head, high volume’ hydropower project,” says Brian Hanson, Senior Project Manager for The Barkley Project Group. Low head refers to the height of falling water that will power the turbine. High volume refers to the amount of water making the drop.

Although relatively small when compared with other run-of-river projects in the province, the Sarita River hydropower project has a large catchment area (91 km2) blessed with abundant rainfall and winter storms. Project partners expect this combination to produce winter power that will fetch a premium price from BC Hydro.

Read the full winter update.

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Fall 2013 Economic Update

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hot lunches and year round service: that’s the focus of The Market now that the busy summer season has passed. And busy it was. Despite a global slowdown in tourism for 2013, The Market had a solid start under Huu-ay-aht ownership.

“It was really hectic,” says John Mass, transitional business manager for The Market , along with his wife, Sheryl Ferguson. Longtime Bamfield residents with local business expertise, the pair was hired back in April to establish and train staff, upgrade the store, and create a plan for future Huu-ay-aht management.

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Economic Development Update

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcome to the second of four updates from the Huu-ay-aht group of businesses for the 2013-14 fiscal year. In this update you will find highlights from Huu-ay-aht-owned businesses gathered over the past three months. Also included is a list of email addresses for group of business employees.

Read the full update.

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Come Home to Pachena Bay Campground

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 in Featured | 0 comments

Although everyone knows the saying, “there’s no place like home,” Trevor Cootes is living the reality. After more than fourteen years working in tourism-related jobs from Tofino to Port Alberni to Ucluelet, the Huu-ay-aht citizen is back home in Anacla managing the Pachena Bay campground. And his return has coincided with some positive changes.

Recently the campground added two new portable washroom units, tripling the flush toilets available for campers. Campground management also has plans to extend the water line, increasing the availability of fresh drinking water for guests.

Add these to the other recent additions, such as the custom-designed wash house whose architecture reflects the traditional design of a Huu-ay-aht bighouse, and you’ve got a winning combination. (The wash house is also wheelchair accessible.)

Cootes is pleased with these changes, just as he’s pleased to be back enjoying all that the area has to offer. Located inside Pacific Rim National Park, the little-known campground is next door to world class recreation and hiking opportunities like the West Coast Trail. It also looks out onto a spectacular natural setting perfect for fishing and birding enthusiasts. “I’ve spent a lot of time in other places, but in one morning here and you can pick out about twenty different bird sounds pretty quickly,” Cootes says. “That doesn’t happen everywhere.”

Cootes also likes the campground’s proximity to Bamfield, which has just the right amount of amenities. “Here you can hike, walk, kayak, or fish, but you get to do that in a natural setting rather than being surrounded by a dozen other kayaks or a hundred other boats,” Cootes says, comparing Pachena Bay to some of the busier locales on the west coast. “You can also experience the wilderness while meeting your basic needs, because Bamfield has all the necessities without taking anything away from the natural setting.”

Affordability is also a plus, since camping at Pachena Bay is priced right: $40 per night for serviced RV sites and $26 per night for tents. That price includes some of the most breathtaking views on Vancouver Island, along with virgin rain forests and pristine shorelines right outside your door (or tent flap, depending on your preference). One only has to lay eyes on the expansive sandy beaches to understand why the Huu-ay-aht people cherish and safeguard the Pachena River and its majestic bay, a gateway to traditional territories which include four other rivers.

“I’ve seen a lot, but Pachena Bay has everything that I like about the outdoors,” says Cootes. “It’s a great place to go to with all the amenities you need. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.”

The Pachena Bay campground is open from May 1 to September 30 annually. For more information about the campground or to make a reservation, contact or call (250) 728-1287.



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