Bamfield Main Road Update – December 17 – January 2, 2023

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For the period of December 17, 2022 – January 2, 2023 

Please note that changes to the Bamfield Main Road detour route are now in effect. Drivers can expect to be detoured from Bamfield Main Road between 36 km and 49 km. 

From December 19 – December 21, 2022, drivers can expect single-lane traffic and delays at a minimum of two locations between Port Alberni and Bamfield, each with a minimum of 15 minutes delay. Both traffic control persons at stops and/or automated flagging devices with pilot cars will be utilized. 

Limited construction crews may be working from December 22 – January 8, 2023. Public drivers should be utilizing the detour route and the construction zones remain closed. Please check for updates before you travel on our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/HuuayahtFN )  

Please slow down and expect additional delays due to the changing weather conditions. Winter driving conditions should be expected, and all public drivers should check weather conditions before travelling and be prepared. Please avoid driving during extreme weather conditions. 

Speed should not exceed 60 km per hour, and drivers are required to slow down in bad weather and when construction equipment, flaggers, and crews are on the road. The RCMP will be monitoring for safe driving throughout the project and detour.  

Bamfield Main Road Update – December 12, 2022

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For the period of December 12 – December 16, 2022  

Please note that changes to the Bamfield Main Road detour route are now in effect. Drivers can expect to be detoured from Bamfield Main Road between 36 km and 49 km. 

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Bamfield Main Road Detour Map effective December 12, 2022

There will be no access to Bamfield Main Road from 39km to 49 km. All traffic, both industrial and public, will be required to use the detour. Drivers should slow down and be prepared for industrial traffic throughout the detour area. 

Drivers can expect single-lane traffic and delays at approximately three locations between Port Alberni and Bamfield, each with a minimum of 15 minutes delay. Both traffic control persons at stops and/or automated flagging devices with pilot cars will be utilized. 

All  travellers are required to use the detour, and those who attempt to bypass the detour will be turned back.  

Please slow down and expect additional delays due to the changing weather conditions. Winter driving conditions should be expected, and all public drivers should check weather conditions before travelling and be prepared. Please avoid driving during extreme weather conditions.  

Speed should not exceed 60 km per hour, and drivers are required to slow down when construction equipment, flaggers, and crews are on the road. The RCMP will be monitoring for safe driving throughout the project and detour.  

Crews will continue to work on ditching, culvert replacement, and beam barriers. 

Fall 2022 Community Update Video

Huu-ay-aht First Nations is proud to release our Fall 2022 Community Update Video showcasing Huu-ay-aht First Nations milestones of 2022. The video highlights the Kiix̣in National Historic Site Plaque Reveal, the Bamfield Main Road Surfacing Project, and the continued growth of Upper Anacla. 

On September 20, 2022, Huu-ay-aht and Parks Canada celebrated the installation of a plaque at the Kiix̣in Village and Fortress. Haw̓iiḥ Councillor Jeff Cook (Yał luu a) and Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. joined Kiix̣in tour guide and knowledge holder Wišqii as he opened the ceremony. 

Through a partnership with Parks Canada, Huu-ay-aht First Nations will continue to share their culture and history with visitors with guided tours of the only known remaining First Nations Village on the west coast of southern B.C. through Kiix̣in Tours.

What is different about this is Huu-ay-aht is starting to design it’s economy. What do we need to do to make a strong economy

Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. 

The Bamfield Main Road Surfacing Project continues to progress with crush, resurfacing, and grading. The project is expected to be completed by April 2022. The safety of  travellers on Bamfield Main Road from Bamfield to Port Alberni has been important to Huu-ay-aht First Nations for generations and surfacing the road will help bring Huu-ay-aht community members home.  

Uncle Spencer always said that the work we had done for the designation was something that his father, our grandpa, wanted to do but he didn’t know how to put it into words.   

Stella Peters, citizen, Kiix̣in tour guide

Charlie Clappis shares how the community of Anacla has grown over the last five years, plans for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Cultural Centre and considerations for the development of Anacla in the future.

Bamfield Main Road Update – December 5, 2022

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For the period of December 5 – December 11, 2022  

There will be no access to Bamfield Main Road from 36km to 58 km. All traffic, both industrial and public, will be required to use the detour. Drivers should slow down and be prepared for industrial traffic throughout the detour area. 

Drivers can expect single-lane traffic and delays at approximately three locations between Port Alberni and Bamfield, each with a minimum of 15 minutes delay. Both traffic control persons at stops and/or automated flagging devices with pilot cars will be utilized. 

All  travellers are required to use the detour, and those who attempt to bypass the detour will be turned back.  

Please slow down and expect additional delays due to the changing weather conditions. Winter driving conditions should be expected, and all public drivers should check weather conditions before travelling and be prepared. Please avoid driving during extreme weather conditions.  

Speed should not exceed 60 km per hour, and drivers are required to slow down when construction equipment, flaggers, and crews are on the road. The RCMP will be monitoring for safe driving throughout the project and detour.  

Crews will continue to work on ditching, culvert replacement,  and beam barriers. 

Bamfield Main Road Update – November 28, 2022

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For the period of November 14 – December 4, 2022  

The Bamfield Main Road detour remains in place from approximately 36 km to 58 km adding up to an extra hour of driving time for public drivers.

Please slow down and expect additional delays due to the changing weather conditions. Winter driving conditions should be expected, and all public drivers should check weather conditions before travelling and be prepared. Please avoid driving during extreme weather conditions.

Drivers can expect single-lane traffic and delays at approximately three locations between Port Alberni and Bamfield, each with a minimum of 15 minutes delay. Both traffic control persons at stops and/or automated flagging devices with pilot cars will be utilized.

Only industrial traffic will have access through construction areas. All other travellers are required to use the detour, and those who attempt to bypass the detour will be turned back.

Speed should not exceed 60 km per hour, and drivers are required to slow down when construction equipment and crews are on the road. The RCMP will be monitoring for safe driving throughout the project and detour.

Crews will continue to work on culvert replacement, borrowing, grid placement, ditching, and beam barriers.