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Sarita River

Coordinates: 48°53′58″N 125°00′33″W / 48.89944°N 125.00917°W / 48.89944; -125.00917
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Sarita River
Sarita River is located in British Columbia
Sarita River
Location of river mouth
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Physical characteristics
 • location
Numukamis Bay, Barkley Sound
 • coordinates
48°53′58″N 125°00′33″W / 48.89944°N 125.00917°W / 48.89944; -125.00917
 • elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length25 km (16 mi)
Basin size190 km2 (73 sq mi)[1]
Basin features
 • leftSouth Sarita River

The Sarita River[2] is an approximately 25 km (16 mi)-long river on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, just north of the hamlet of Bamfield.


The Sarita River basin is the traditional homeland of the Huu-ay-aht Peoples.[3] The river was important to the Huu-ay-aht for thousands of years as a source of food and as a means of transportation between villages throughout the territory. The Huu-ay-aht wintering village, Nuumakimyiis, was located at the mouth of the river. In the twentieth century, logging through the Sarita River watershed has reduced habitat and resulted in damage to the river ecosystem.[3] By 1997, 62% of the watershed had been logged.[1]

In 2018, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations announced plans to begin a salmon renewal program to bring back the important food staple to the Sarita River.[1]

River course[edit]

The river has its source in the mountainous interior of Vancouver Island, not far from the Nitinat River basin. The river flows westerly into Sarita Lake and empties the lake over Sarita Falls before meandering through a lowland valley towards the ocean at Numukamis Bay on the eastern edge of the Barkley Sound.[1] The Sarita River has a braided river mouth with a number of distributaries. The main tributary for the Sarita River is the South Sarita River.[4] The South Sarita River starts south-west of the Sarita River in the Somerset Range. It flows north-east and meets the Sarita River west of Sarita Lake.

The Bamfield Road, the main road to Bamfield, follows the middle course of the Sarita River valley.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Thomson, Heather (24 July 2018). "Huu-ay-aht works towards salmon renewal with Sarita River restoration project". Ha-Shilth-Sa. Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  2. ^ Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada. "Place names - Sarita River". www4.rncan.gc.ca.
  3. ^ a b "The Sarita River". Huu-ay-aht First Nations. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  4. ^ Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada. "Place names - South Sarita River". www4.rncan.gc.ca.
  5. ^ Ernst, Trent (2008). Vancouver Island, Victoria & Gulf Islands Backroad Mapbook (5th ed.). Burnaby, BC: Mussio Venture Ltd. ISBN 9781897225271.