Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Win a Kayak!

Help support Ucluelet Seconday School's kayaking program — one of the great perks of keeping our kids in school on the west coast, close to home — by purchasing a raffle ticket. Contest details can be found here. The prize is a custom kayak or a gift certificate to Mountain Equipment Co-op.

You can find the tickets at Tofino Sea Kayaking, Majestic Ocean Kayaking, Blackrock Resort, Remote Passages or at the CLayoquot Biosphere Trust office at 316 Main Street in Tofino.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Beauty on the Mudflats

The open ocean gets a lot of attention out here, but one of my favourite places is the mudflats, on the quiet, sheltered side of the Esowista Peninsula. Check out this beautiful video by Josh Lewis, that gives a glimpse into this habitat. (The link to Josh's name will take you to lots of other videos shot in the area.)

Tofino Mudflats from Josh Lewis on Vimeo.


Looking for a way to get to or from Tofino? Here's a new option.

HitchTofino was created by two web geeks in Vancouver, following the success of HitchWhistler, a rideshare site dedicated to getting shredders to the hill for less. As spring arrived we decided to launch a sister site for surfers and HitchTofino was born. Surf more. Spend less. That's our mission statement.

The completely free site allows people to register as a Driver or a Hitcher and then post or view trips from various locations in BC including: Victoria, Tofino, Vancouver, Whistler, Nanaimo and Ucluelet. Driver's can specify how many petrodollars they want for the trip and Hitcher's can message them through the site. In the process everyone gets a top up of green karma, saves some cash and meets some like-minded people.

A valid email address is needed to register and the site's feedback system allows for extra security so you can check a drivers profile before accepting a ride.

Update: A reader alerted me to another long-standing option, Tofino Ride Share.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Governor-General Comes to Call

As this article mentions, Canada's Governor General, David Johnston, is coming to Clayoquot Sound.

It's not the first time a Governor General has paid a visit though. The earliest was when Lord and Lady Willingdon travelled the coast on the Princess Norah in the late 1920s. There are some wonderful photos of that visit, which I unfortunately don't have the rights to post. But I found a few online, here, and here. The second one is one of my favourite photos of Tofino. The Girl Guides were all dolled up and waiting on the dock for Lord and Lady Willingdon. I believe this also might be from the same visit.

Here is what Walter Guppy wrote about the visit in his book, Clayoquot Soundings:

"The arrival of the Princess Norah in Tofino on its inaugural trip with Lord and Lady Willingdon, the Governor-General of Canada and his wife among the distinguished passengers, was a gala event with nearly all the people from the surrounding area gathered on Tofino wharf when the ship came in. School children, Girl Guides and Scouts and a delegation from the local Legion branch took part in the event. Indians performed their traditional dances against a back-drop of native designs painted on canvas. Japanese girls in colourful kimonos added their contribution and the Japanese fishermen presented the Governor-General with a sturgeon iced down in a long-shaped box. It was probably an accidental catch, not typical of the area, but apparently considered to be a "royal fish" appropriate to the rank of the recipient."

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tomorrow is the Great Shoreline Clean-Up

Sadly, even here in beautiful Clayoquot Sound there are beaches that need cleaning. Here are the details on tomorrow's event. There are others later in the week as well.

Please join the Raincoast Education Society, Uu-a-thluk, and Surfrider for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

What: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (West Coast chapter)
Where: Cox Bay. Meet on the beach in front of Pacific Sands
When: 11 am, Saturday September 17th, 2011


The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is now one of the largest direct action environmental events in Canada, engaging tens of thousands of participants annually in every province and territory. Each year, the public support and general awareness of the program has increased (http://shorelinecleanup.ca/). September 17th marks the kick-off of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. If you cannot make it to the cleanup on Cox Bay then please check the other locations below and find one that works for you!

Clean Dates & Locations:

September 17th, 11 am: Cox Bay. Meet on the beach in front of Pacific Sands Beach Resort

September 20th, 6 pm: Mackenzie Beach. Meet on the beach in front of Ocean Village Resort

*September 22nd, 10 am - 2pm: Tonquin Beach & Centennial Creek

*This clean-up is a school program for the students of Wickaninnish Community School. Please contact Dan Harrison at the Raincoast Education Society if you would like to help with this clean: 250 725-2560

If you would like to help out with clean-ups in Ucluelet, Ahousaht, or Hot Springs please contact Katie Beach at: katie.beach@nuuchahnulth.org

Wednesday, September 14, 2011