Nuxalk Sacred Sites
There are a number of sacred sites in Nuxalk territory. The most popular are the Squmalh (Thorsen Creek) Petroglyphs. These rock carvings are estimated to be over 5000 years old. Three quarters of all rock carvings in North America are found on the Central Coast and were created in strategic locations throughout Nuxalk territory. This site is incredibly significant to Nuxalk people and we ask that you only visit Squmalh with an accredited Nuxalk guide and that you follow all of the
requested protocols to ensure the site remains protected.
Also sacred to Nuxalk are three hot springs located in Nuxalk territory, Icp’iixm (Tallio), Alhltl’liiqw (Eucott Bay) and Nuskw’lh (Nascall Bay) and the Lhkw’ ti tsatsawlhp (the “Big Cedar”) at Ts’awlhmim (the village site of Larso Bay). Once again, we request that, if visiting, you do so with an accredited Nuxalk guide and treat the site with the utmost care and respect.