Sound is an area on the west side of Vancouver Island, off
the south coast of British Columbia, Canada. The Sound has
become widely publicized for controversy regarding its old-growth
forests, but has also been the site of conflict over park
development, aquaculture, and First Nations treaty claims.
Through numerous land-use planning exercises and government
policy initiatives, "Clayoquot Sound" has become
defined geographically, as a 350 000 hectare collection of
islands, fjords, beaches, mountains, forests, lakes, and streams.
The forests of the area are part of the little remaining
coastal temperate rainforest which, at one point, lined the
west coast of North America. Clayoquot Sound is also home
to the Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, and the Hesquiaht nations--three
central region groups of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.
The communities of Tofino, Ucluelet and Port Alberni also
lie in and around the area, and have been extensively involved
in the politics of Clayoquot Sound.
The following map shows the boundaries of Clayoquot Sound
as defined by the B.C. government for its 1993 Clayoquot Sound
Land Use Decision. This and other maps can be found on the
Forest Service's Clayoquot Sound Information Source Page.