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Is this the future or the past? Marketing VP Trina Notman and Hotel Zed Tofino GM Britt Chalmers lean on the hood of a 1970s Kingswood Estate Chevy. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Hotel Zed opens in Tofino

Tofino’s newest resort is a 1970s time capsule

Is this the future or the past? Marketing VP Trina Notman and Hotel Zed Tofino GM Britt Chalmers lean on the hood of a 1970s Kingswood Estate Chevy. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Responsibly masked-up Hudson Swann of the Ucluelet General Store stands in front of some of the store’s delicious wares on Monday. The local business announced on Saturday that customers must be wearing a mask to enter. (Andrew Bailey photo)

COVID-19: Ucluelet businesses begin mandating masks

Customers must be wearing a mask to enter the Ucluelet Co-op and the Ucluelet General Store.

Responsibly masked-up Hudson Swann of the Ucluelet General Store stands in front of some of the store’s delicious wares on Monday. The local business announced on Saturday that customers must be wearing a mask to enter. (Andrew Bailey photo)
West Coast kids celebrate 2018’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino Botanical Gardens for sale

George Patterson lists iconic property for $3.75 million.

West Coast kids celebrate 2018’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. (Andrew Bailey photo)
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Crystal Cove Beach Resort has been named Tripadvisors top family resort in Canada for the second year in a row. (Photo from Tripadvisor.ca)

Tofino’s Crystal Cove crowned top family destination for second year in a row

TripAdvisor has announced the recipients of its Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best awards.

Crystal Cove Beach Resort has been named Tripadvisors top family resort in Canada for the second year in a row. (Photo from Tripadvisor.ca)
Owner of Tofino Sea Kayaking Natasha Baert-Hockin stands in front of an array of Tribal Parks souvenirs at her kayak centre. The longtime Tribal Parks supporter says if Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation hadn’t opened their territory to tourism, her business would have had to shut down. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Owner of Tofino Sea Kayaking Natasha Baert-Hockin stands in front of an array of Tribal Parks souvenirs at her kayak centre. The longtime Tribal Parks supporter says if Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation hadn’t opened their territory to tourism, her business would have had to shut down. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Place co-owners Ada Dougan and Dave Taron celebrate 25 years of service in this photo from 1991. (Submitted photo)
The Place co-owners Ada Dougan and Dave Taron celebrate 25 years of service in this photo from 1991. (Submitted photo)
This jaw dropping kitchen area helped Icon Developments earn four 2020 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards. (Photo courtesy of Icon Developments)

West Coast builder earns four VIBE awards

Icon Developments owner Jamie Carson says collaboration is key.

This jaw dropping kitchen area helped Icon Developments earn four 2020 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards. (Photo courtesy of Icon Developments)
Ucluelet artists launch pop-up art exhibition

Ucluelet artists launch pop-up art exhibition

Heyduck & Butler opened on July 1 and will run until August 31.

Ucluelet artists launch pop-up art exhibition
Tofino and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation release joint statement welcoming ‘respectful’ tourists

Tofino and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation release joint statement welcoming ‘respectful’ tourists

“We have adapted to the new landscape and are very eager to welcome you back.”

Tofino and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation release joint statement welcoming ‘respectful’ tourists
The Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort is inviting visitors back to the beauty of Mackenzie Beach. (Lori Hall photo)

Tin Wis Resort reopens in Tofino

In June, at low tide, Mackenzie Beach stretches to rocky outcroppings and tidal pools.

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The Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort is inviting visitors back to the beauty of Mackenzie Beach. (Lori Hall photo)
Mark Penney is moving on from his gallery at Whiskey Landing, but plans to remain heavily involved in the local art scene. (Photo courtesy of Mark Penney)

Ucluelet loses one of town’s oldest art galleries

Mark Penney Gallery shuts down due, in part, to Hwy. 4 closures and COVID-19 pandemic.

Mark Penney is moving on from his gallery at Whiskey Landing, but plans to remain heavily involved in the local art scene. (Photo courtesy of Mark Penney)
Tofino expands service areas for restaurants to allow social distancing
Tofino expands service areas for restaurants to allow social distancing
Tla-o-qui-aht carver Hjalmer Wenstob has enjoyed spending more time with his wife Annika, daughter Huumiis and son Cinkwa during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Hjalmer Wenstob)

COVID-19: Tla-o-qui-aht artist finds ‘wonderful moments’ in isolation

Hjalmer Wenstob can’t remember the last time he’s felt so connected to his family or his art.

Tla-o-qui-aht carver Hjalmer Wenstob has enjoyed spending more time with his wife Annika, daughter Huumiis and son Cinkwa during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Hjalmer Wenstob)
Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tofino plans ‘pop up’ outdoor dining area to support local restaurants

Tofino plans ‘pop up’ outdoor dining area to support local restaurants

Council endorses plan to transform RV parking lot into ‘al fresco’ park.

Tofino plans ‘pop up’ outdoor dining area to support local restaurants
Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tofino Hospital Foundation chair Arlene McGinnis and her son Billy enjoy a donut named in their family’s honour at Rhino Coffee House. (Photo courtesy of Rhino)

Tofino restaurateur pays landlord’s generosity forward to Hospital Foundation

Coronavirus pandemic cancels foundation’s largest annual fundraiser

Tofino Hospital Foundation chair Arlene McGinnis and her son Billy enjoy a donut named in their family’s honour at Rhino Coffee House. (Photo courtesy of Rhino)
UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)
UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)
Summit Bread Co. owner Brendan Foell, left, with crew member Vince Cherlet are “still rocking until the wheels fall off…”; selling handcrafted bread and pastries on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino businesses grapple with what’s to come

“We are not going to be as busy as we were. People aren’t going to travel like there were.”

Summit Bread Co. owner Brendan Foell, left, with crew member Vince Cherlet are “still rocking until the wheels fall off…”; selling handcrafted bread and pastries on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)
Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)