The Ahousaht Ha'wiłh (hereditary Chiefs), Ahousaht First Nation and BC Parks are happy to announce the re-opening of the Walk the Wild Side Trail on Flores Island as of July 1st 2022. 

The marine trail, which starts in the Ahousaht village of Maaqutusiis and then passes through portions of Gibson Marine Park, Kutcous Point IR and Flores Island Park has been closed since March 2020 due to the global pandemic but is re-opened as of July 1st 2022. 

In order to ensure the safety of our Ahousaht community members, visitors to the village of Maaqutusiis are highly encouraged to carry proof of vaccination, wear a mask indoors and maintain physical distancing

BC Parks staff and MHSS staff appreciate the community’s support and cooperation during the closure and look forward to welcoming guests back to the trail and back to the parks this summer. 

Happenings on the trail...

Used by the Ahousaht people for thousands of years, Walk the Wild Side Trail is an 11km escape into the remote wilderness of Clayoquot Sound. First restored in the early 1990's, Walk the Wild Side Trail has developed into must-see ecotourism destination for those visiting Tofino and Ucluelet. Take a tour through the Maaqtusiis reserve and then head out on to the trail!

The Ahousaht Wild Side heritage trail packs an awesome array of wilderness experiences along the entire 11km. The trail is located on the wild west coast of Flores Island, a region steeped in the history of the Ahousaht people.


If you are planning to spend time on any part of the trail visit the Wild Side Trail office, located at our Ahous Fuel Stop, to log your route and itinerary, or email to tourism@mhssahousaht.ca. There is a $15 per person per day permit fee for accessing the trail that is payable at the trail office, via paypal online, or to one of the authorized trail staff. These fees pay for trail staff and maintenance needed along the extensive boardwalk system to help keep everyone safe.

Conditions Update: Be advised the Mt. Flores Trail is not passable at this time.