Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This house is one of my favourites in Tofino. Harold Monks was its last resident and I miss our conversations an awful lot. As I collected stories and histories of Tofino, Harold was one of my "go-to guys," who was always generous with his time and stories. I so enjoyed visiting him at his home and garden, where we'd have a cup of tea or coffee and he'd answer every one of my questions in great detail. (He was a stickler for detail too, and never shy to point out even the tiniest error. I appreciated that.)
I also appreciated that he left his family's house and property to The Land Conservancy as a historic property. The house is a west coast classic — and there are so few left — and the gardens are beautiful as well. I can just image what might have been built there if it had been sold. Eventually we hope that the property will be open to the public, but for now visitors can stay on the guest cottage on the property. Details here.