West coast Cultural Experience

This cohort will explore the natural beauty of Vancouver Island and in particular, Tofino and Ahousaht, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. You will build an appreciation for the coastal flora & fauna through expeditions around the South Island and look at the history of the area as it relates to the First Nations population. Themes of eco-tourism and land use will be explored in Tofino.

During the Pursuit week you will continue to develop your relationship with the community and high school at Ahousaht and experience surfing, salmon and cedars. By visiting the school, interacting socially with the students, building off work done by previous Experiential Program cohorts.

Ahousaht is a First Nations village, 40 minutes north of Tofino, where you will travel by boat. This is a great opportunity to make a
deep connection with this area of the Island, and be immersed in a unique First Nations culture.

Hard Skills: Relationship building, Navigation, Technical Craft



Each of the 5 expedition days will build a stronger understanding of the west coast environment and first nations people and place. The group will look at the positive and negative affects of Eco-tourism as well as who is involved with land use conversations. The cohort will be visited regularly by such environmental experts as our own Mr. Michael Jackson.

2018 cohort Pursuit in Ahousaht. Photo by Chioma


The June 13th to 19th trip will return to Ahousaht, off the coast of Tofino, BC for the second year. Additional to a number of hands-on marine science opportunities where the cohort will can build an appreciation for the coastal flora & fauna on the local area, they will also look at the history of the area as it relates to the First Nations population. The cohort will visit and continue to strengthen a relationship with the Maaqtusiis High School.

Peter B. in Tofino with the Ahousaht Cohort of 2018. Photo by Chioma


This is Mr. Peter Butterfield’s second year running the Ahousaht: People & Place cohort and this year, he has teamed up with other faculty leads, Mr. Angus Henderson and Mr. Jackson, to nurture the growing connection with the Ahousaht school in Tofino, BC.


An important element of the Experiential program is building strong relationships with local community members and businesses.
See links to those resources, businesses and community members below.

For the second year in a row, the student will continue to foster a growing friendship with the Maaqtusiis school in Ahousaht, BC. They will visit the high school on their pursuit in June but we will also be hosting their team for a game during the Basketball season.