Located in historic Nootka Sound and surrounded by steep coastal mountains, Tahsis is well known for sportfishing, scuba diving, caving, sea kayaking, surfing, hiking, bird watching and wildlife viewing.
The Tahsis original townsite is picturesque; the first homes in the area were float homes built in the 1940s, brought ashore and set upon timber foundations on steep mountainside streets. Stonework walls and monuments are a distinctive feature created by a local stonemason.
The local Historical Society established a museum depicting life in a mill town from its origins to the present, and created an historical walking tour brochure for visitors to learn about our heritage.
Over the last few years artists & musicians have relocated to Tahsis, and cultural activity has increased, adding the Tahsis Art Trail and CoffeeHouse to other community events such as the Great Walk and Tahsis Days.
There are short local trails and beautiful scenic parks, such as West Bay, within walking distance of the townsite. For the more adventurous outdoors person there are numerous hiking trails and recreation opportunities.
Town amenities include a recreation complex with swimming pool, bowling alley, climbing wall, sauna and weight room. Village services and businesses include shops, restaurants, hotels, motels, marinas, B & B’s, campgrounds, a Public Boat Launch with parking/storage lot, and a full service gas station.
Coming to Tahsis: The “Tree to Sea Drive”
The drive to Tahsis features waterfalls, lakes, panoramic vistas, and frequent wildlife sightings. Campbell River Info Centre has a brochure and map of the Tree to Sea Drive from Gold River to Tahsis. The Info Center at Gold River displays a large cedar “Road to Adventure Sign” with road map directions to scenic stops on the road. Along the way are two camping spots: Conuma Campground about halfway along, and the Leiner River Campground just before Tahsis.
Just outside of Tahsis is the entrance to the Leiner River Estuary Trail in the first stage of a 3-year development which offers walking paths and wildlife viewing platforms along the Leiner River Estuary.
Tahsis Chamber of Commerce Info Centre
The Info Centre is staffed during the summer months to answer visitor inquires. Information on business services and amenities is available and the Museum is open to the public.
The Museum is located in the Tahsis Chamber of Commerce Info Centre, featuring displays on Nootka Sound First Nations Culture, the natural history of the area, plus the development of logging, the Mill, and the Tahsis community.
Points of Interest
The Tahsis Christian Church Society A-frame building is located at the foot of the Cardiac Climb stairs. Cardiac Climb features old float homes from the 1940s (the oldest in Tahsis) and the St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church heritage building.
The Town site Tipperary to Resolution, Discovery Crescent and Princess Victoria View features homes built in the early 1950s as residences for Mill managers and supervisors, which were later sold to mill workers.
The heliport is located next to a waterfront section popular with locals walking their dogs. There is an expansive view of the inlet, lots of marine bird life and convenient parking.
Cruise Ship Dock
The World Residensea Ship contacted the Village of Tahsis in spring 2003, and a visit was arranged; the Village of Tahsis experienced its first cruise ship visit.
Westview Marina has short and long-term moorage, fuel dock, laundry, showers, tackle and bait, and full amenities.
The Resort has a Dock & Fish Cleaning Stations for resort guests, and short tie-ups for boaters visiting the Maquinna Mall Post Office, Tackle Shop, Dive Shop, Bakery, Government Liquor Store, and various retail shops.
Nootka Sound Marina
Nootka Sound Marina has short and long term moorage, boat repair service, and tackle.
Municipal Dock and Public Boat Launch
The Municipal Dock is located next to the Public Boat Launch with boat launch facilities, a potable water source, picnic tables, telephone booth, parking & storage, public washrooms, and a sani-dump.
The Tahsis Welcome Sign
The Sign located at the town entrance was designed and built by Berto Bertoia in his distinctive style of stone masonry. The Tahsis Welcome Sign features an illustration of the Resolution, the ship that brought Captain Cook to Nootka Island.
This small park at the tip of Princess Victoria View displays the original anchor from the ship Tipperary Park which hauled lumber out of Tahsis until the 1950s.
West Bay Park
West Bay is a short drive past the Maquinna Resort. There are washrooms, trails, and stairs to the pebble beach. This sun-warmed little bay is a popular swimming spot with short walking trails.
Lookout & Cairn
The lookout is accessed via logging roads past the Maquinna Resort, and has spectacular views, picnic tables, and a memorial cairn. See the Outdoor Recreation Appendix in Maps & Guides for a map and description of the route to the Lookout and trails close to Tahsis.
Leiner River Campsite
The Leiner River Campsite is 3 km (2 miles) from Tahsis and has self-service camping spots with picnic tables.
January - Polar Bear Swim
On January first the Polar Bear Swim is held at the Public Boat Launch at 1:00 PM.
April Easter Pancake Breakfast
The Easter Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt is hosted by the members of the Tahsis Christian Church Society.
Spring Craft Fair
Held at the local community centre, this is the first opportunity for local craftspersons to display and sell their new products for the coming year.
June - Great Walk
The Great Walk takes place the first Saturday in June, starting in Gold River. The Great Walk is put on by the Tahsis Lions and raises $100,000 + for charity.
July - Canada Day
Celebrations are held on July 1st. The family oriented festivities include games for children, hot dogs, adult trivia contest, Canada birthday cake, and souvenirs.
July - Tahsis Art Trail & CoffeeHouse
During the July long weekend the Tahsis Art Society holds the Tahsis Art Trail & CoffeeHouse with musical events and tours of local art studios. The Tahsis Art Society also hosts a musical greeting for any Tall Ship coming to Tahsis.
July - Tahsis Days
Tahsis Days occur later in July and is a family oriented weekend festival for local residents and visitors. Events include a parade, duck race, raft race, scavenger hunt, dance with live music, beer garden, and community barbeque.
August - Fishing Derby
Westview Marina hosts the August Fishing Derby on the 3rd weekend in August. There are thousands of dollars in prizes, and all net proceeds go to the Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society.
October - Hallowe’en Fireworks Display
The Haunted House, Pumpkin Carving Contest judging and Costume judging for kids takes place at the Hallowe’en bonfire, followed by a fireworks display provided by the Village of Tahsis.
November - Christmas Bazaar
The Craft Bazaar held in the CMESS Gym at the end of November is a popular community event with local artists and craft displays, fund raising bake tables for local organizations, Kids Carnival, and food concession by the Parents Advisory Committee for CMESS.
December - The Christmas Tree Lighting
The Tree Lighting is held across from the Heliport on the first Sunday in December, with Christmas caroling, hot dogs and hot chocolate
CMESS holds the Christmas Concert in the School Gymnasium in mid December.