Thursday, September 24, 2009

History at the Pharmacy

I am an admitted history nerd. I've been writing about local history for several years now and the more and more I learn–and the more I interview people about their time on the west coast—the deeper connection I have to this place. I see stories everywhere.

You've got to love a town that posts little history lessons on the exterior of its drug store.

If you were travelling to Tofino (or Ucluelet or anywhere else on the west coast) from 1913 until the early 1950s, this is how you probably would have arrived— on the CPR ship, Princess Maquinna.

And if you fell off that ship, or somehow found yourself in need of rescue at the turn of the century, this is how the lifeboat crew, would have come to save you:

And at the turn of the century and for centuries before, this is how the shore of Nuu-chah-nulth villages looked like during the herring season each spring.

All for your viewing pleasure, on the wall of the pharmacy on Campbell St.


  1. After having seen these pictures in person it is nice to see them posted. Is it known that the proprietor of that building was born in Tofino and left there as a babe traveling out on the Princes Maquinna in 1944? He returned to Tofino as a teenager and has made Tofino his home ever since.