Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuff City Beer

My buddy, writer Matt Simmons, spent some time with the Tofino Brewing Company folks awhile back. The result? This article from TAPS: The Beer Magazine.

[If you double click on the article, it should get larger and legible!]

Monday, November 28, 2011

Watershed Forum - Today!

If you are interested to know more about the research work being done in Clayoquot Sound, come to today's Watershed Forum, sponsored by the Raincoast Education Society.

It begins at 1 pm at the Community Hall.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tofino Legion Drive

In many ways the Tofino Legion is our de facto community hall. Apparently that status is in jeopardy and there is a membership drive this evening. Here are the details:

"Hi everyone, please get involved in this. The liquour control board is trying to shut down the legion as our gathering location for live shows in Tofino. If we all get involved and become members of the legion then there is nothing they can do.

If we dont succeed in doing this then the legion will be closed as a venue. We have all had amazing nights there and seen amazing bands. We will have special privileges for members such as ticket hold backs on sold out shows for members only.

The legion is an integral part of our community and it would be sad for us to lose it for such events. The legion has also been there for us in our times of need to pay tribute to those in our community that we have lost. Get involved, tell your friends. Please like this, repost this, or whatever you can to help spread the word."

Gromlayer Productions!

Check out this video by my young Tofino friends. It's great to see how they view Tofino in the summer. It looks pretty amazing to me!

Summer - by Gromlayer from on Vimeo.

You can follow them here, and I'll try to link to more of their videos. (And don't forget to vote!)

And while I'm mentioning the creative things that young Tofitians are doing, here is Daughter P's blog, Here, There and Everywhere. She takes wonderful photos, but is a little slow to post them. Perhaps you can encourage her, because the Nagging Mother Act is wearing thin and not producing results.

Please send me links to other "young people" (why do I feel so very old writing that?) from Tofino.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Life on the Mudflats/Voting Day

More than just mud, indeed. I've been hearing about these wolves for quite awhile now. What a show that must of been. Our town may not be perfect, but there is so much to celebrate and hold on to — I guess I am just a glass is half full sort of person. We all have a role to play in keeping/making Tofino the town we want it to be. That means being involved. I'm sorry; constant complaining and bitching won't cut it. (At least with me.) Do something instead. How about we start with voting? Historically, Tofino has had quite a high vote turn out. It will be interesting to see how it plays out today.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sutton Pass Web Cam

Finally, a web cam for Sutton Pass. (Ironically, when I went to post this, the camera was down.) Check it out before your venture out (or drive back home). Now if we could just get the Ministry of Highway to re-position those ridiculously placed highway warning signs! Don't you think it would make sense if one was at the junction and the other just past Sproat Lake?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Stellar Steller Sea Lions

Consider this the public service announcement part of my blog. The editing impulse is just too strong and after seeing this error in print, yet again (and in a fairly major report, no less), I needed to act. If nothing else, it's therapy for me.

Folks, when it comes to sea lions and jays on the west coast, they are Steller, not Stellar.

Steller sea lions and Steller jays (or Steller's) are named for Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709-1742). Steller was the naturalist on Vitus Bering's last voyage across the North Pacific. Apparently he was the first non-native to step foot on what would eventually become Alaska. He has several animals named after him, including the now extinct Steller's sea cow, a North Pacific relative of the dugong and manatee, the Steller's eagle and the Steller's eider.

Steller and the boys had quite the adventure and you can read all about it in the highly readable, Where the Sea Breaks Its Back: The Epic Story of Early Naturalist Georg Steller and the Russian Exploration of Alaska by Corey Ford.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Meet the Tofino Candidates...

or at least put a face to a name with this video:

Tofino Municipal Election All Candidates Oct 26, 2011 from TofinoTech on Vimeo.

There is another all candidates meeting on November 16th, starting at 7 pm at the community hall. Voting day is November 19.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Sea Otters of Clayoquot Sound

For the rest of Canada, the beaver was the driving force that led to so much change and, eventually, the formation of Canada. But on the west coast, it was a different furry beast — the sea otter.

The search for sea otter, which was launched as soon as James Cooks' crews sold a few sea otters pelts in China for "princely sums" changed the west coast forever. Within a few years, traders were in Nootka and Clayoquot Sounds, and elsewhere along the coast, trading the native people for furs. It was a lively trade and there's a lot of stories to tell, but within about 50 years, the trade was all but over. The main source of the frenzy - the sea otter - was gone.

But...the sea otters are now back in Clayoquot Sound. For some people, that's great news. For others, not so much. (Complicated stuff and something for a longer, well-considered post.) For now, here is a great piece from Rod Palm, explaining recent events that saw the sea otters once again setting up in its traditional territory.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Meares Island Big Tree Trail

Are you one of the thousands that have hiked The Big Tree Trail on Meares Island? Here's a little bit of history, courtesy Tofino writer Joanna Streetly via the Tofino Guide!