The Huu-ay-aht First Nations main community is at Anacla (43.5 hectares), located on the west coast of Vancouver Island at Pachena Bay.
In the Nuu-chah-nulth Phrase Book & Dictionary, Barkley Sound Dialect, page 25, Bobby Sport attributed the name to the flounders in the creek there (analthcha’).
The Lower Village is built on the Pachena River flood plain and has been affected by flooding events. It consists of:
– 45 dwelling units – leased to Citizens.
– Gas bar – leased to Huu-ay-aht Development Corporation.
– Community facilities.
– Pawaats (Child care) – building with playground and fenced area.
– Public Works buildings – small shed and carving shed used for storage and maintenance.
– Soaring Eagle Community Centre.
The Upper Anacla Village (42.5 hect.), to the northwest of the Pachena River, is where the Nation has committed to building its future. It is situated at a higher elevation above the Tsunami inundation zone.
Development began with construction of the House of Huu-ay-aht, which is a large community center built in a traditional fashion.
A new government office has been constructed and is the hub of the community.