Tourism and Economic Opportunities Plan

Date: 2014-2015

This study helped Ditidaht First Nation better understand what kind of opportunities they could pursue, and what kind of tourism projects members would like to see, as the Vancouver Island First Nation works to better manage newly acquired Interim Treaty Agreement lands and explore new economic development opportunities. The project reviewed the tourism market in the larger area (Vancouver Island and Vancouver Island’s West Coast), Ditidaht’s existing tourism operations, and Ditidaht’s internal capacity to both develop new tourism projects and manage current operations. The study identified a series of “Quick Start”, Short-term, and Medium-term Opportunities to take advantage of Ditidaht’s great assets and tourism potential, while addressing some of the equally significant challenges that must be overcome to realize them. EcoPlan is currently supporting Ditidaht to implement several shorter-term tourism actions identified by the study.