Nora O'Malley

Dean and Russ pose with Tortuga the sea turtle hauling Gary the VW bug. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Sand sculpting family visits Tofino

Ocean Village vacation spent building sand sculptures on Mackenzie Beach

Dean and Russ pose with Tortuga the sea turtle hauling Gary the VW bug. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Get the “hull” out of here! A crane lifts the hull of the old Bonilla onto a barge on July 21, 2021. (Nick Touchie photo)

Derelict boats removed from Ucluelet Harbour

Coastal Restoration Society receives another $837, 237 to remove 18 derelict vessels

Get the “hull” out of here! A crane lifts the hull of the old Bonilla onto a barge on July 21, 2021. (Nick Touchie photo)
Eamonn and Victoria Nolan with their children Ceili and Tarabh and guide dog Alan. (Submitted photo)

Paralympian files complaint after guide dog hotel controversy in Ucluelet

Blind National Team rower Victoria Nolan hopes to get the word out so it stops future incidents

Eamonn and Victoria Nolan with their children Ceili and Tarabh and guide dog Alan. (Submitted photo)
Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)

Tseshaht First Nation re-opens Broken Group Islands with refreshed Beach Keepers Program

To help sustain the program, tour operators are encouraged to implement a $10 per day per guest fee

Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)
Secret Beach Campground general manager Noah Plonka takes a breather after riding laps around the new dirt pump track. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Toquaht Nation ready to welcome guests to Secret Beach Campground and Marina

Located a 45-minute drive from Ucluelet, the campground features a new kid-friendly dirt pump track

Secret Beach Campground general manager Noah Plonka takes a breather after riding laps around the new dirt pump track. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Luke MacDonald, with the original Gust of Wind sign, has revamped the artist showcase as a virtual experience. (Ilia Poichuk photo)

Gust of Wind Concert Series blows into Tofino’s Main Street

7 videos filmed at 7 unique locations to be released over 7 weeks, plus live concerts every Friday

Luke MacDonald, with the original Gust of Wind sign, has revamped the artist showcase as a virtual experience. (Ilia Poichuk photo)
Halfmoon Bay in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Ucluelet First Nation’s traditional territory. (Parks Canada photo)

Injured hiker rescued, wheeled out on stretcher in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

“The visitors were well prepared for their trip”

Halfmoon Bay in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Ucluelet First Nation’s traditional territory. (Parks Canada photo)
Artists Judy and Tom Schmidt pose beside their tiny driftwood house ’She Sells Seashells By The SeaShore’. (Nora O’Malley photo)

West Coast artist amazes with driftwood tiny houses

Unique art exhibit on display at Orange Door Gallery in Ucluelet

Artists Judy and Tom Schmidt pose beside their tiny driftwood house ’She Sells Seashells By The SeaShore’. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Representatives from the District of Ucluelet on a 2017 site visit to the Barkley Community Forest near Maggie Lake. (Mayco Noel Photo)

Changes coming to the Barkley Community Forest near Ucluelet

The modernization of B.C.’s forestry policy could result in a reduction of Allowable Annual Cut

Representatives from the District of Ucluelet on a 2017 site visit to the Barkley Community Forest near Maggie Lake. (Mayco Noel Photo)
USS graduate Tristan Hinder-Hohlweg celebrates the prestigious Pacific Rim Foundation Dick Close Scholarship with proud parents Sandra and Brent. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet filmmaker earns $40,000 Pacific Rim Foundation academic scholarship

“I am so blessed to live in such a community that supports the youth with pride”

USS graduate Tristan Hinder-Hohlweg celebrates the prestigious Pacific Rim Foundation Dick Close Scholarship with proud parents Sandra and Brent. (Nora O’Malley photo)
EVERYTHING ELECTRIC: Ucluelet First Nation family, from left, Gordon Taylor Jr., Gordy, Kaleena, and Catherine are pumped to welcome guests to their new e-bike rental service ‘T̓iick̓in EBike’ at the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Indigenous owned Ebike rental opens at the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction

T̓iick̓in (Thunderbird) Ebike Rentals takes flight on Pacific Rim

EVERYTHING ELECTRIC: Ucluelet First Nation family, from left, Gordon Taylor Jr., Gordy, Kaleena, and Catherine are pumped to welcome guests to their new e-bike rental service ‘T̓iick̓in EBike’ at the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ucluelet mayor Mayco Noel and Food Bank on the Edge Society’s executive director Cris Martin hug on the newly designated site for the community food bank. (Nora O’Malley photo)

New food bank facility coming to the Coast

Ucluelet council unanimously approves Tugwell Fields location for $1 annual fee

Ucluelet mayor Mayco Noel and Food Bank on the Edge Society’s executive director Cris Martin hug on the newly designated site for the community food bank. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Vehicles wait for the road to open at the Kennedy Hill safety improvement construction site. (George Fifield photo)

Daytime Hwy.4 closure schedule to continue

Ministry cancels a proposed 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightime closure

Vehicles wait for the road to open at the Kennedy Hill safety improvement construction site. (George Fifield photo)
Local band Downtown Brown and the Hitch, from left, Mark Lagace, David James Brown, Andy Keeling, and Gareth Hochachka play at the ANAF on July 2. (Submitted photo)

Ucluelet’s ANAF opens for locals only

“It’s going to be like a private clubhouse this summer”

Local band Downtown Brown and the Hitch, from left, Mark Lagace, David James Brown, Andy Keeling, and Gareth Hochachka play at the ANAF on July 2. (Submitted photo)
Tofino’s annual July 1 Tuff City Skate Competition is taking a break again this year. (Westerly file photo)

Quiet Canada Day for West Coast communities

All the usual Canada Day festivities in Tofino and Ucluelet are nixed

Tofino’s annual July 1 Tuff City Skate Competition is taking a break again this year. (Westerly file photo)
Hotel Zed staff and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations hereditary Chiefs and elders gather for a meal at Roar restaurant on June 10. (Blushing Bride Studio photo)

Hotel Zed Tofino hosts ceremony for hereditary chiefs

“We are grateful to the Nuu-Chah-Nulth peoples for allowing us to be on their land”

Hotel Zed staff and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations hereditary Chiefs and elders gather for a meal at Roar restaurant on June 10. (Blushing Bride Studio photo)
This stretch of pathway in front of Long Beach heading northward in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations territory is now officially open for visitor use. (Parks Canada photo)

VIDEO: Parks Canada partially opens multi-use pathway ʔapsčiik t̓ašii in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee, the name means “going the right way on the path”

This stretch of pathway in front of Long Beach heading northward in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations territory is now officially open for visitor use. (Parks Canada photo)
Dogs, cars, and humans play the Kennedy Hill waiting game during the ongoing construction project that started in May 2018. (George Fifield photo)

UPDATED: New Hwy. 4 closure schedule “simply does not work’ for Tofino and Ucluelet

Ongoing construction project set to close Pacific Rim connector from 8 p.m to 2 a.m. starting July 6

Dogs, cars, and humans play the Kennedy Hill waiting game during the ongoing construction project that started in May 2018. (George Fifield photo)
Tofino-based chef Kristine Morrow is struggling to find child care for her kids Brennan and Hana. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino’s child care problems ramp up as busy summer season begins

“We are sending our daughter and son away for all of July”

Tofino-based chef Kristine Morrow is struggling to find child care for her kids Brennan and Hana. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Work to build a new rock wall in front of three beachfront properties on Chesterman Beach has sparked local concerns. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Loss of public access to Tofino beach questioned

New rock wall build on Chesterman Beach causes concern

Work to build a new rock wall in front of three beachfront properties on Chesterman Beach has sparked local concerns. (Nora O’Malley photo)