Tahsis, BC, incorporated as a village in 1970, population 316 (2011c), 366 (2006c). The Village of Tahsis is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island at the end of Tahsis Inlet. The inlet leads north from Nootka Sound, which was discovered by Captain Cook in 1778. "Tahsis" is from the Nootka word "tashees," meaning passage or gateway. Tahsis was the winter home of the Nootka or Nuu-chah-nulth and of Chief Maquinna, who hosted a meeting at Tahsis in 1792 between Governor Bodega Y Quadra of Spain and Captain Vancouver of England (see Nootka Sound Controversy).
A remote logging and sawmill village accessible by water and a gravel road built in 1972 to Gold River, Tahsis was founded in 1945 when the first sawmill was opened. In 1970 a new mill with a deep-sea dock was built. With the permanent closure and dismantling of the mill in 2001 the population declined. Since then, restructuring of the economy has focused on tourism, including attracting cruise ships, and outdoor recreation.