Flores Island (British Columbia)
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The area of Marktosis (population around 900) holds the only major settlement on the island. Most residents are members of the Ahousaht nation (population around 2000) and form the largest part of the Nuu-chah-nulth or Nootka First Nation. Some of the indigenous language is spoken though English is predominant.
Residing within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Clayoquot Sound, Flores holds one of the largest tracts of contiguous old-growth forest on Vancouver Island. 41 km² of the island has been demarcated as the Flores Island Marine Provincial Park, 1.43 km² is the Gibson Marine Provincial Park where hot springs are located at the southern banks of the Matilda Inlet, the Marktosis reservation is 1.2 km² and the rest is Crown Land.
The main industry is fishing with some tourism. Tourism is promoted through the 'Walk the Wild Side' hiking trail and the addition of accommodation at the Aauuknuck Lodge. Cow bay on the Western side of the Island has been voted as one of Canada's top ten beaches.
The island can be reached by water-taxi or seaplane from Tofino.
- "Clayoquot Biosphere Trust - On the Map".
- Walbran, John T. (1909). British Columbia coast names, 1592-1906 : to which are added a few names in adjacent United States territory, their origin and history. Ottawa Government Printing Bureau. p. 182. OCLC 317633225.
- - the wild side trail
- Information of trail-running the Flores Island Wild Side Trail
- baumzaehlen - Tree photos from Flores Island old-growth forests
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