Our Collections

You'll find one of the finest collections around of Nuu Chah Nulth basketry - the beautiful weaving with shore and sea grasses which Nuu chah Nulth women have done since traditional times.

Enjoy a unique collection of folk art made in the Valley - John Halfyard's whimsical dolls, Peter Szachiv's highly perfected cement, metal and woodwork, Cebal Ruel and Gaudiose Trembly's rustic figures and more.

Clothing, all manner of textiles and handwork, kitchen and laundry implements and woodworking tools tell of early life in the Valley. Agricultural equipment, and equipment from mining, fishing and logging inform us about our industrial past. Medical equipment, war medals, service club memorabilia, commercial objects and the old power generator document the growth of a community.

Listen to stories that tell how the now famous West Coast Trail had its beginnings as a telegraph line and a life saving trail for shipwreck victims. Our 17,000 historic photographs are available for research or reproduction on request.