Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground is a Tla-o-qui-aht owned, operated, and constructed campground offering 38 full hookup RV sites, 16 forest trail access tenting sites, and 13 cabins.
Barkley Project Group has acted as project and construction manager for the development, providing mentorship and business start-up support for Tla-o-qui-aht’s newly formed construction company, Hithuiis Spirit Construction LTD (HSC). The development of Tsawaak marks the third key sector, after energy and construction, in which BPG has supported Tla-o-qui-aht to launch a new business. BPG has supported business planning and marketing, project design co-ordination, financing, and construction for this project.
A key aspect of Tla-o-qui-aht’s vision for Tsawaak is to integrate culturally significant design elements throughout. The architecture of the cabins is inspired by a traditional longhouse design, and the 13 cabins represent the 13 moons in a calendar year. The welcome center includes a space to showcase the work of Tla-o-qui-aht artists and is constructed with timber milled from trees on the site. Additional timber cleared from the site and not used in construction was either utilized by Tla-o-qui-aht artists or donated to Coastal Restoration Society to support salmon conservation initiatives. The campground’s amenities will also host a leisure area that includes a pool in the shape of the Tla-o-qui-aht traditional territory, a lazy river in the shape of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation logo, as well as a sitting area in the shape of a traditional canoe.
Barkley Project Group is honoured to be working with Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Hithuiis Spirit Construction on this thoughtful and unique addition to the rapidly growing Tofino tourism industry.
This project has received support from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Economic Development Corporation.