Map Atlas - Ditidaht Region
Database - West Coast

Ditidaht aquatic region
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This remote region is home to the Ditidaht First Nation Band and contains 17 reserves on 727 hectares of land.

Located at the north end of tidal Nitinaht Lake, the main reserve is home to 155 aboriginals with another 224 living off the reserve. It is accessible by logging roads via Port Alberni and Cowichan Lake. Facilities include a Band Office, Community Hall, Cultural Centre and Recreation facility.

The region is also home to the Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park, which is an ancient old-growth rainforest of towering Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock and Western Red Cedars. The 164.5 sq. km. park was created to preserve the luxurious old growth forest and protect the watersheds of the Carmanah and Walbran Valleys.

The largest part of the famous West Coast Trail also runs along the coast of this region. The sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, caves and beaches offer a unique experience to thousands of visitors every year. The Nitinat Triangle is another popular, and challenging, canoe paddle/portage route through the Nitinat watershed.

Although the Ditidaht region is close to the population centres of Victoria and Duncan, the region has fewer visitors than neighboring Barkley and Clayoquot regions. Highway infrastructure is limited, with most roads in the region being unpaved logging roads.

Economic activities in this area include forest-related activities, a gravel pit and eco-tourism. The potential for further benefit from the recreation sector is significant, with such natural treasures as Carmanah Walbran, the Nitinat Lake watershed and Lake Cowichan, all within an hours' drive from Victoria.

Purple Sea Urchin

The Purple Sea Urchin is found throughout the West Coast marine ecosystem, from exposed rocky shores, through the intertidal zone, and in waters as deep as 160m. Urchins use their spines to etch niches in rock for shelter from the pounding surf. They feed primarily on seaweeds, and can live up to 30 years.