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After 24 years of making customers smile, Billy and Sue Payne hand over the keys of Murray’s Grocery over to new owner Alison Dahlie. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Longtime owners sell popular convenience store in Ucluelet

“I’ve been here 24 years. I grew up next door. I’ll turn 55 this year. It’s time for a change.”

After 24 years of making customers smile, Billy and Sue Payne hand over the keys of Murray’s Grocery over to new owner Alison Dahlie. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Magnus MacKenzie, Verin Mapstone and Jon MacKenzie surround Atleo Air owner Jason Bertin and happilly hand him an $800 cheque they raised from an online community fundraising initiative in support of Atleo Air’s recent firefighting heroics. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Tofino douses Atleo Air heroes with support

“It’s very touching, it actually even brought a tear to my eye when I heard this was all happening.”

Magnus MacKenzie, Verin Mapstone and Jon MacKenzie surround Atleo Air owner Jason Bertin and happilly hand him an $800 cheque they raised from an online community fundraising initiative in support of Atleo Air’s recent firefighting heroics. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
New campground being pitched in Tofino

New campground being pitched in Tofino

Tofino’s municipal council approved a development permit during a special meeting held July 22.

New campground being pitched in Tofino
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Low-cost airline Swoop launches in Canada
Tanks were lifted into Ucluelet’s future microbrewery on July 29, stoking the community’s curiousity over the new space. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Fall opening anticipated for Ucluelet’s first microbrewery

Dennis Morgan’s plans to open Ucluelet’s first microbrewery are chugging along.

Tanks were lifted into Ucluelet’s future microbrewery on July 29, stoking the community’s curiousity over the new space. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
The Wild Pacific Trail Society was all smiles as they gathered around Bruce Schmaltz and his $2,000 donation cheque. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

‘Wanderer’s Tree’ yields $2,000 donation for Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail

Event also unveils artist Mike Camp’s newest sculpture: ‘The Wolf’

The Wild Pacific Trail Society was all smiles as they gathered around Bruce Schmaltz and his $2,000 donation cheque. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
From left, Destination BC CEO Marsha Walden smiles wide as Tourism Tofino’s past chair JJ Belanger and current chair Shane Richards cut a ceremonial ribbon alongside Charles McDiarmid, Joe Martin and Nancy Cameron during the new $2 million Cox Bay visitor centre’s grand opening event on June 26. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Tofino officially opens new $2M visitor centre at Cox Bay

“You’ve created a facility this town can be proud of and is a great place to welcome visitors.”

From left, Destination BC CEO Marsha Walden smiles wide as Tourism Tofino’s past chair JJ Belanger and current chair Shane Richards cut a ceremonial ribbon alongside Charles McDiarmid, Joe Martin and Nancy Cameron during the new $2 million Cox Bay visitor centre’s grand opening event on June 26. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Natalee Sigmund keeps two-year-old Indie Cameron steady as she watches three-year-old Flora Corlazzoli release baby salmon into the wild during Thornton Creek Hatchery’s Adopt a Baby Salmon Day event on June 9. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Ucluelet’s Thornton Creek Hatchery to release 700,000 salmon

“The fish are oversubscribed, numbers are down, threats are more and we’ve got to take it seriously.”

Natalee Sigmund keeps two-year-old Indie Cameron steady as she watches three-year-old Flora Corlazzoli release baby salmon into the wild during Thornton Creek Hatchery’s Adopt a Baby Salmon Day event on June 9. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News earns four national awards

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News earns four national awards

The Westerly was announced as the recipient of four Canadian Community Newspaper Awards last week.

  • Jun 16, 2019
Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News earns four national awards
When did you last sit and read a newspaper? (Wiki Commons)

Don’t stop the presses: Report finds Canadian newspaper readership at all-time high

88% of Canadians read newspapers every week, highest since first Newspapers 24/7 Report in 2012

When did you last sit and read a newspaper? (Wiki Commons)
West Coast artist Sarah Platenius engages Georgina and Mark Valk during the opening of her solo art show dubbed ‘Exalted Heart’ at Experiential on April 12. The show will be on display until May 3. (Photo - Joanna Streetly)

Sarah Platenius hosts solo show at Tofino’s Experiential Art Gallery

“I like to collaborate with not just the art, but with the spirit of the artists.”

  • Apr 26, 2019
West Coast artist Sarah Platenius engages Georgina and Mark Valk during the opening of her solo art show dubbed ‘Exalted Heart’ at Experiential on April 12. The show will be on display until May 3. (Photo - Joanna Streetly)
Courtesy Locals Restaurant Facebook Page

Vancouver Island restaurant among Canada’s most sustainable eateries

Locals in Courtenay only B.C. or small city establishment to make the top six list

Courtesy Locals Restaurant Facebook Page
The Madden family, Zoe, 7, Otis, 1, Karyn and Chris visited Tofino from Victoria over the weekend and enjoyed their stay at family-friendly Crystal Cove Beach Resort. The resort was recently named TripAdvisor’s top Canadian destination for families. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Tofino’s Crystal Cove Beach Resort earns TripAdvisor’s top family destination honours

“Being the number one family resort in Canada, that is pretty special.”

The Madden family, Zoe, 7, Otis, 1, Karyn and Chris visited Tofino from Victoria over the weekend and enjoyed their stay at family-friendly Crystal Cove Beach Resort. The resort was recently named TripAdvisor’s top Canadian destination for families. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Tofino’s business community celebrated its successes at its annual Business Excellence Awards. (Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Photo)

Tofino Long Beach chamber of commerce AGM today

Annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at the 1909 Kitchen at Tofino Resort and Marina.

  • Mar 26, 2019
Tofino’s business community celebrated its successes at its annual Business Excellence Awards. (Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Photo)
Tofino’s beaches are a key draw for tourists. (Westerly File Photo)

UPDATED: Tourism Tofino says town’s visitation generates $240 million annually

Economic impact and visitation study conducted by InterVISTAS Consulting Inc.

Tofino’s beaches are a key draw for tourists. (Westerly File Photo)
Mercedes-Benz test-drives groundbreaking Vancouver Island facility

Mercedes-Benz test-drives groundbreaking Vancouver Island facility

Pilot run unloads cars in Nanaimo to test Western Canada’s first European vehicle processing centre

Mercedes-Benz test-drives groundbreaking Vancouver Island facility
Pacific Rim Distilling owner Luke Erridge joined Ucluelet mayor Mayco Noel to celebrate the local distillery’s two Artisan Distillers Canada medals: a silver for Humback Vodka and a bronze for Lighthouse Gin. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Pacific Rim Distilling bottles coastal flavour in Ucluelet

Luke Erridge earns two medals from Artisan Distillers Canada’s Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition.

Pacific Rim Distilling owner Luke Erridge joined Ucluelet mayor Mayco Noel to celebrate the local distillery’s two Artisan Distillers Canada medals: a silver for Humback Vodka and a bronze for Lighthouse Gin. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                The Neucel Specialty Cellulose pulp mill in Port Alice has remained dormant since 2015. According to the union president, on Feb. 27, the remaining workers were all laid off.

Battered Port Alice pulp mill suddenly lays off remaining workers

All Neucel Specialty Cellulose employees working at the pulp mill were told to go home on Feb. 27.

TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                The Neucel Specialty Cellulose pulp mill in Port Alice has remained dormant since 2015. According to the union president, on Feb. 27, the remaining workers were all laid off.
Dennis Morgan smiles from inside his future Ucluelet Brewing Company venue. He hopes to open Ukee’s first brew pub this summer. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Ucluelet ready to welcome town’s first microbrewery

“Everybody wants to know when it’s going to happen.”

Dennis Morgan smiles from inside his future Ucluelet Brewing Company venue. He hopes to open Ukee’s first brew pub this summer. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Shaun and Kellie Mills are ecstatic with the West Coast’s support of their On the Edge Roofing and Contracting business. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Ucluelet company’s success goes through the roof

On the Edge Roofing and Contracting is celebrating three Small Business B.C. Awards nominations.

Shaun and Kellie Mills are ecstatic with the West Coast’s support of their On the Edge Roofing and Contracting business. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Billy and Sue Payne are sad to be saying, good bye to the movie rental portion of their Murray’s Grocery business in Ucluelet. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Movie rentals go extinct in Ucluelet

Murray’s Grocery selling off all DVD’s.

Billy and Sue Payne are sad to be saying, good bye to the movie rental portion of their Murray’s Grocery business in Ucluelet. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)