Welcome to the home of the Naa'Waya'Sum Gardens, the IISAAK Learning Lodge, and the Little Costa Rica Cafe.

The Tofino Botanical Gardens has entered a new phase of life. In 2021, the 10-acre site was sold to the IPCA Innovation Program – a project of MakeWay Charitable Society – and renamed the Clayoquot Campus. The unique space, established in 1997, has shifted to a focus on supporting Indigenous-led conservation.

The Naa’Waya’Sum Gardens and Little Costa Rica Cafe are now open to the public! Come by for a visit, witness the live carving of totem poles, explore the trails, sip a hot drink on the patio, and learn about Nuu-chah-nulth art and culture.

Naa'Waya'Sum Coastal Indigenous Gardens

We are open from 9am to 5pm daily!
Garden admissions support on-site language and cultural revitalization efforts, garden maintenance and operations.

"Naa'Waya'Sum" means 'the transfer of knowledge from one generation to another' in the Nuu-chah-nulth language.

IISaAK Learning Lodge

The IISAAK Learning Lodge (formerly the Ecolodge) is an educational space that includes accommodation for those participating in on-site classes and programs. The focus of all educational programs is Indigenous-led conservation with specific attention to Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs).

Beginning in October of 2022, the IISAAK Learning Lodge will be accepting multi-night bookings from organizations, businesses, and individuals who are wishing to host educational programs. All activities at the lodge must connect to the broader mandate of the Clayoquot Campus–to support Indigenous-led conservation. Not sure if your program fits in? Let’s chat! Email bookings@ipcainnovation.ca.

We are currently accepting booking requests for the IISAAK Learning Lodge for September 2022 and beyond. We will no longer be accepting nightly bookings. The IISAAK Lodge is an educational space, and accommodations are reserved for those taking or hosting programs related to Indigenous-led conservation.

The Clayoquot Campus is dedicated to supporting Indigenous-led conservation initiatives in Canada and beyond. Our programs aim to provide guidance on the establishment, governance, and management of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). As the first land-based campus of the Pacific IPCA Innovation Centre, we are proud to provide educational experiences that specifically highlight Nuu-chah-nulth teachings and worldviews on how to care for our communities and ecosystems.

Little Costa Rica Cafe

Darwin’s Café has been given the temporary name Little Costa Rica Cafe in honour of founder George Patterson’s original inspiration for the gardens. The café will eventually be given a Nuu-chah-nulth name in line with the goals of the new Clayoquot Campus, which will be announced upon the official launch of the Campus.

The Clayoquot Campus is dedicated to supporting Indigenous-led conservation initiatives in Canada and beyond. Our programs aim to provide guidance on the establishment, governance, and management of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas. As the first land-based campus of the Pacific IPCA Innovation Centre, we are proud to provide educational experiences that specifically highlight Nuu’chah’nulth teachings and worldviews on how to care for our environment.

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Tofino Botanical Gardens Has Transformed

Tofino Botanical Gardens has transformed to honour Indigenous knowledge and conservation. The Naa’Waya’Sum Coastal Indigenous Gardens will provide place-based education and inspiration to support Indigenous-led

Gardens + Cafe HOURS

  • Monday 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday 9am-5pm
  • Thursday 9am-5pm
  • Friday 9am-5pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday 9am-5pm