Clayoquot adventure guides Mark Brophy, Bea Defayette, Arturo Suarez and Viliam Marusinec recently embarked on a journey that saw them e-bike, paddle-board and hike their way to an abandoned camp on an adventure-laden clean up reconnaissance.

The year was 1993 and Clayoquot Sound was the target of highly unregulated, industrial-scale deforestation. Thankfully, conscious civilians and First Nations stood together to protect the old-growth rainforests and preserve the pristine landscape. They took action by setting up camps in the wilderness and searching for culturally modified trees, or CMT’s, that exhibit historic modification by First Nations tribes as a part of their tradition. For the local Ahousaht First Nation, this usually came in the form of stripping the bark of cedar trees as a symbolic gesture, or the tree itself being cut and carved into a timber canoe.