Monday, May 28, 2012

Debunking Tofino's Volcano

The tourist season is upon us, so let's just nip this bit of misinformation in the bud: Lone Cone, on Meares Island, is not a volcano. It was serendipitous that I was thinking about this. Yesterday I came into a treasure trove of west coast history books. Most of them I had, but there were some gems I was delighted to add to my library. In the box was Lone Cone by Dorothy Abraham, which I already have, but am always happy to see and be reminded of. Some lucky friend or family member will get this copy.
Lone Cone is a memoir of Dorothy Abraham, a World War One war bride who found herself in the Tofino area (her husband homesteaded on Vargas Island).
It may have been Dorothy who actually started (or at least put the "fact" in print) that Lone Cone was an extinct volcano. On page 17 she refers to Lone Cone, "an extinct volcano." So, sorry, Dorothy and others who want to believe. Lone Cone is not a volcano, extinct or otherwise. Geologist and writer, Jackie Windh, debunked this years ago in an article in the local paper, The Sound. Then, just yesterday after I was going through the box of books and did a little Google search, I found this article.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Congratulations, Hjalmer Wenstob!

I am so proud of my friend and local carver, 19-year-old Hjalmer Wenstob who is having a carving installed in the Vancouver Airport this afternoon. He was one recipient of a YVR Art Foundation scholarship. [I've updated the photo, which was obviously taken at the event. Here is Hjalmer and his grandfather, Wayne.] There are a few short stories here and here. (And here's the original article from when he first won the scholarship.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Repatriating Historic Hera Gold

No doubt you know that this coastline is often referred to as The Graveyard of the Pacific. Hundreds of shipwrecks litter the waters just offshore. In most cases, the "first responders" to these wrecks were local people who rescued, sheltered and returned the survivors to Victoria. At times, they were honoured for their part in these rescues with medals like this one:
The inscription reads: To Nigel L. Campbell in recognition of his heroic services in effecting the rescue of five men from the wreck of the American schooner "Hera," November 27, 1899. This medal is now in the hands of a dealer in the UK and Tofino's Tonquin Foundation is trying to repatriate the medal, which is estimated to cost about $2000. Here is more on the story and you can read a bit more on the Hera here. It would be great to see this important artifact back in the region. Please consider a donation, large or small, to the Tonquin Foundation.

How do you "Picture Tofino?"

If you haven't had a chance to complete the arts, culture and heritage survey, please take a moment to do so now. Here is the on-line survey. Give the arts, culture and heritage committee (of which I am part) your thoughts and visions around these topics. For more on the projects of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee, visit here.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's Tofino Shorebird Festival Time

The days are warmer and longer, the salmonberry bushes have been flowering for months, geese are flying overhead. Spring and the migration of wildlife - including shorebirds - is on its way. As Tofino has been doing for 15 years, this weekend we will celebrate the shorebirds that stop on locla mudflats and beaches. There is a great slate of activities ahead, which you can read about here. I'm particularly looking forward to the reception on Friday evening with Peter Clarkson - local artist (and park warden) who uses beach flotsam as the media for his 3-D sculptures. (You can see more here.) He will be joined by another artist, Anne Hansen, who uses "oystercatchers as an art form."