Yukusam Cultural Ecotourism Feasibility Analysis

Date: 2005

EcoPlan assessed the feasibility of a multi-phase eco-tourism and cultural education project for Yukusam (Hanson Island) near Alert Bay off the northeast end of Vancouver Island. The study tested the financial viability and sustainability of a cultural interpretative facility and trail network to be developed by the N’amgis First Nation. Regional, local and international tourism trends were assessed, potential competitors and collaborators analyzed and a revised tour program was developed, costed and phased. As part of the project, a site map and concept plan was developed for the trail system, associated facilities, and a traditional ‘Big House’ to be located on the island.