Tahsis is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island a rugged landscape of lush rainforest and steep fjord-like mountains, swept by the fresh strong winds of the wild Pacific Ocean. A few new guiding operations offering adventure tours and businesses providing support services have established in Tahsis during the last few years.
For more detail on our outdoor recreation attractions and for a trail map, view the Outdoor Recreation section of the Village of Tahsis website and our Guides and Maps section:
Short Walks and Hikes
With our historic setting, monuments, and natural beauty, just walking around Tahsis is an adventure. West Bay Park, the Leiner River Estuary Trail, and Leiner Campsite are close by.
Hiking Trails near Tahsis
Hikers are discovering our dramatic vistas and pristine wilderness on the logging roads up to the Lookout and Coral Caves, on the Maquinna Trail, Leiner Bouldering Trail, Woss Lake Grease Trail, and on the internationally famous Nootka Trail.
Kayakers are enjoying our sheltered inlet waters, rugged coastal scenery and abundant wildlife. The Tahsis & Leiner Estuaries, Yuquot, Esperanza Inlet, Mary’s Basin, Nootka Sound, Nuchaltlitz and Brooks Peninsula offer superb kayaking. See the Kayaking section of the Village Website:
Windsurfing & Kite Boarding
Our strong inflow and outflow winds and the nearby Pacific Ocean create great conditions for Windsurfers & Kite Boarders in Tahsis Inlet.
Diving and Snorkeling
Tahsis Inlet, Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet offer areas of strong tidal activity and diverse marine life conditions which attract divers who have the best chance in BC to view our prehistoric species of deep water 6 gill sharks. The Tahsis and Leiner Rivers are great snorkeling sites in the fall and early winter when the Salmon return to spawn.
Surfers are attracted by our wild Pacific waves off Nootka Island and Brooks Peninsula all in a climatic pocket that produces waters of the same temperature as those off the coast of Northern California.
Caving and Climbing
Climbers and cavers find the karst landscape and exposed rock near Tahsis offer some of Vancouver Island’s best caving, climbing and bouldering, including the Leiner Bouldering Trail (see the Tahsis Hiking Guide with maps of local trails, available at www.tahsis.ca/guides). Two local caves are Upana Caves located along the Tree to Sea Drive, just before Bull Lake Summit coming from Gold River and Coral Cave, located high on the mountainside overlooking the town of Tahsis.
Tahsis and the surrounding coastal wilderness offer excellent wildlife, bird life and marine life viewing. Tahsis is a haven from March to late June for Hummingbirds, who summer here in great numbers. The Tahsis River and Estuary provide opportunities to view Bald Eagles and other bird life right in town, and to view Black Bears in the late summer and fall. Right beside Tahsis is the Leiner River Estuary Trail with wildlife viewing platforms.
Out in the waters of Tahsis Inlet, Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound are harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, porpoises, and occasionally gray whales and orca.
Marine bird life is especially numerous, including loons, Canada Geese, Trumpeter Swans, ducks, herons, and the Marbled Murrelet among many others.