2.6 Tourism & Recreation Resources
There is an abundance of tourism and recreation activities that occur within the Hupacasath territory. The main activities tend to be land based such as, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and camping. Additionally, the main transportation route to the Pacific Rim (Highway 4) brings thousands of tourists each year through Hupacasath territory.
Table 8 rates the level of tourism and recreation activity in each Hupacasath Use Area. The Area is rated as high if it has three or more types of recreation/tourism activity and/or a high intensity of activities. It is rated as medium if there are at least two types of recreation/tourist activities. It is low if there is just one type of recreation/tourism activity and/or low intensity of activity. None means that there are no recreation/tourism activities identified.
Section 5.5 details the types of recreation/tourism activities in each Hupacasath Use Area.
Table 8: Level of Tourism/Recreation Activity
|Hupacasath Use Area||Level of Activity|
|Great Central Lake||High|
|Barkley Sound and Offshore||High|
2.7 Water and Mineral Resources
Fresh and salt waters are some of the most valuable resources within the Hupacasath territory because of their critical value for fish.
The impact of dams, logging, urbanization, roads and other developments over the last one hundred years has had a detrimental effect on water quality and fish habitat. One of the main objectives of this plan is to protect and enhance water quality.
While there has been some mineral mining in the past, present use is primarily for quarrying for rock, sand and gravel for road and other construction.