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Tofino jeweller Lisa Fletcher meticulously crafts a new one-of-a-kind ring at her workspace in The Factory on Nov. 29. The unique Tofino store offers patrons opportunities to watch wares being made as they shop and it will be open late into the night on Dec. 6 as the community celebrates its annual Jingle Into Christmas holiday shopping celebration. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Tofino shops set to sparkle during weekend’s Jingle Into Christmas celebration

“It’s like a family reunion. It’s nice to see the locals’ faces.”

Tofino jeweller Lisa Fletcher meticulously crafts a new one-of-a-kind ring at her workspace in The Factory on Nov. 29. The unique Tofino store offers patrons opportunities to watch wares being made as they shop and it will be open late into the night on Dec. 6 as the community celebrates its annual Jingle Into Christmas holiday shopping celebration. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Kristen O’Keefe is excited to welcome holiday shoppers to her third Midnight Madness celebration at The Den in Ucluelet. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Midnight Madness shopping celebration arrives in Ucluelet

“Midnight Madness to me is so awesome because it’s locals supporting locals.”

Kristen O’Keefe is excited to welcome holiday shoppers to her third Midnight Madness celebration at The Den in Ucluelet. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Diane Rudge refills a hand soap container at The Den quality goods and refillery in Ucluelet. The store stocks products that are ocean-friendly, biodegradable and local. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino and Ucluelet open zero-waste refill stations

“We wanted to have a thoughtful impact on the community.”

Diane Rudge refills a hand soap container at The Den quality goods and refillery in Ucluelet. The store stocks products that are ocean-friendly, biodegradable and local. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
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Tsimka Martin, 35, poses with a traditional First Nations paddle in front of a foggy Lone Cone Mountain. Martin said her main motivation and pride after seven years of operating T’ashii Paddle School was mentoring other young guides. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Tsimka Martin, 35, poses with a traditional First Nations paddle in front of a foggy Lone Cone Mountain. Martin said her main motivation and pride after seven years of operating T’ashii Paddle School was mentoring other young guides. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
The Hotel Zed location in Victoria can be recognized by its bright colours. PHOTO COURTESY HOTELZED.COM

Hotel Zed coming to Tofino

Vancouver Island community gets its first female hotelier

The Hotel Zed location in Victoria can be recognized by its bright colours. PHOTO COURTESY HOTELZED.COM
Cost of living drops for families in Tofino and Ucluelet

Cost of living drops for families in Tofino and Ucluelet

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust releases Living Wage calculation.

Cost of living drops for families in Tofino and Ucluelet
Grace Lore, a political science professor at the University of Victoria, is one of the panelists on the discussion regarding gender equity at the upcoming Vancouver Island Economic Summit. (File Contributed)

Vancouver Island Economic Summit panel to address gender equity

Last month the Canadian government proposed amendments to regulations under the federal…

  • Sep 25, 2019
Grace Lore, a political science professor at the University of Victoria, is one of the panelists on the discussion regarding gender equity at the upcoming Vancouver Island Economic Summit. (File Contributed)
Green Soul Organics team members Katrina Peters, left, and Melody Jerome share warm memories of their time spent at Tofino’s health food store. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino health food store Green Soul Organics shuts down

“It was more than just a job. It was a lifestyle.”

Green Soul Organics team members Katrina Peters, left, and Melody Jerome share warm memories of their time spent at Tofino’s health food store. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
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
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

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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)