Anacla-Bamfield Walking Trail

Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$279,762
Applicant's Equity:$279,762
Private Sector Contribution:$1,000
Bamfield Road Safety Association:$1,000
Bamfield Chamber of Commerce:$1,000
Total Budget: $559,525

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations have been investing heavily in assets that support an Aboriginal tourism industry in their region, including purchases of the motel, pub, lodge and marina, and airport in Bamfield. Over the past year, the Huu-ay-aht have worked to develop a Cultural Tourism Destination marketing strategy, and connecting Bamfield with Anacla is an important piece of this work.

The 4.5km trail will traverse a culturally-significant route, and include opportunities to participate in Huu-ay-aht guided tours, in self-guided walks, and to visit the traditional capital - Kiixin - a designated National Historic site. Along the route, structures will be built to resemble longhouses, featuring First Nations story and history panels with interpretive content about the local area, the Huu-ay-aht people, the cultural importance of cedar, and the archaeological sites at Kiixin. Designed to be an age-friendly ‘stroll’, construction of the Anacla-Bamfield trail will include considerations for a variety of visitors such as persons with mobility aids and families with strollers.

The trail will help link tourism destinations and infrastructure in the region and offer visitors an authentic nature-based Aboriginal cultural experience. The total tourism impact from the proposed Anacla-Bamfield Trail after 5 years is estimated at 2,360 visitor-days. Additionally, the project is estimated to create three new, permanent local jobs – a significant impact in a community of fewer than 230 residents.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2018-19 Annual Report

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