Tourists keep it calm over May-long

While Tofino and Ucluelet’s accommodation providers welcomed a solid crop of visitors over the May-long-weekend, both towns’ jail cells sat essentially empty. 

Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP said Ukee was chalk-full of well-behaved tourists who gave police little to do.

 â€œBy far the quietest May-long weekend that we’ve had since I’ve been stationed here,” he said. “It was extremely exciting to be around town and see people everywhere just having a wonderful weekend; that was fantastic.”

May had been a relatively busy month for Ucluelet’s police but the long-weekend brought a welcomed and unexpected calm.

 â€œIt’s the start of the busy summer season, usually you get some alcohol related offences and essentially we had nothing,” Swann said.

“We had a couple busier days in May with a couple of crime sprees that we’re still working on and processing towards charges; those investigations are still ongoing but our May-long-weekend was spectacular.”

In Tofino, Sgt. Blaine Mumford said Tuff’s long-weekenders kept his detachment busy with files related to loud party-noise and illegal campfires but he added that police were met with calm cooperation from partiers. 

 â€œGenerally, people were pretty well behaved and had a good time,” he said

“I don’t think anything really got out of hand. We had a couple of loud parties that we went to and people were generally pretty cooperative with toning things down.”

Andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca