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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)

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Tofino’s beaches are a key draw for tourists. (Westerly File Photo)
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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)

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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)
Sebastian Lavendt of Denmark smiled wide alongside Ucluelet fishing guide Ken Lewis after snagging a salmon as part of a Make a Wish Foundation experience in July, 2017. (Photo submitted by Brock Johansen)

Ucluelet named one of Canada’s top seven fishing destinations

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Sebastian Lavendt of Denmark smiled wide alongside Ucluelet fishing guide Ken Lewis after snagging a salmon as part of a Make a Wish Foundation experience in July, 2017. (Photo submitted by Brock Johansen)
Ocean Outfitters recently dished out a $200,000 cheque to help restore West Coast wild salmon populations. The funds will go towards a Tranquil Watershed project. (Photo submitted by Central Westcoast Forest Society)

Tofino’s Ocean Outfitters donates $200K to salmon restoration efforts

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Central Westcoast Forest Society working to revive Tranquil Watershed

Ocean Outfitters recently dished out a $200,000 cheque to help restore West Coast wild salmon populations. The funds will go towards a Tranquil Watershed project. (Photo submitted by Central Westcoast Forest Society)
Ucluelet nominated for Small Business BC Award

Ucluelet nominated for Small Business BC Award

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BC Ferries’ Northern Expedition. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

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CEO Mark Collins to speak with Prince Rupert’s business community

BC Ferries’ Northern Expedition. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
JJ Belanger of Crystal Cove joined Tiffany Olsen and Kate Orford of Surf Sister to celebrate their Business Excellence Awards in Nanaimo. (Photo - Laurell Belanger)

Tofino scores at Business Excellence Awards

“This award is a culmination of many years work, and so much love.”

JJ Belanger of Crystal Cove joined Tiffany Olsen and Kate Orford of Surf Sister to celebrate their Business Excellence Awards in Nanaimo. (Photo - Laurell Belanger)
Chief Mike Wyse of the Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Mike Wyse speaks with Doug Donaldson, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operation, on Thursday in Nanaimo. The meeting was part of coast forest sector revitalization consultation. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

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Chief Mike Wyse of the Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Mike Wyse speaks with Doug Donaldson, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operation, on Thursday in Nanaimo. The meeting was part of coast forest sector revitalization consultation. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
About 1,000 people and 350 active brides are expected to attend the Hitched Wedding & Events Affair at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courteney today. The event runs until 4 p.m. Photo, Mike Chouinard.
About 1,000 people and 350 active brides are expected to attend the Hitched Wedding & Events Affair at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courteney today. The event runs until 4 p.m. Photo, Mike Chouinard.
Wildpod Tofino owners Pete and Ashleigh Clarke with newborn Philo soak up the peaceful nature of their new couples resort at the edge of town. The unique accommodations boast six themed pods, all with stunning views of the Tofino harbour. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Waterfront glamping resort opens in Tofino

“We want to give guests the maximum zen, quiet, peaceful experience.”

Wildpod Tofino owners Pete and Ashleigh Clarke with newborn Philo soak up the peaceful nature of their new couples resort at the edge of town. The unique accommodations boast six themed pods, all with stunning views of the Tofino harbour. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Nanaimo Airport (YCD) handled 435,349 passengers in 2018, surpassing Comox Airport (YQQ) to become Vancouver Island’s second busiest airport based on passenger numbers. (NEWS BULLETIN file)

Nanaimo Airport soars past Comox to become second-busiest airport on the Island

Air Canada Rouge to resume seasonal non-stop service between Nanaimo and Toronto this summer

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Hitched Wedding & Events Affair arrives in Courtenay at the Florence Filberg Centre (Photo by Kieran O’Connor/Black Press Media)

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Campbell River business one of many vendors at Hitched wedding event

Hitched Wedding & Events Affair arrives in Courtenay at the Florence Filberg Centre (Photo by Kieran O’Connor/Black Press Media)
Hjalmer Wenstob, pictured here at his Cedar House Gallery in Ucluelet, is showcasing his work in Victoria. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Tla-o-qui-aht artist celebrates first solo show in Victoria.

Victoria Arts Council selects Hjalmer Wenstob as the first artist to showcase in new venue.

Hjalmer Wenstob, pictured here at his Cedar House Gallery in Ucluelet, is showcasing his work in Victoria. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Young Achievement of B.C. Ucluelet chapter members hit pause on coaster production for a cheery photo op. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Young Achievement of B.C. Ucluelet chapter members hit pause on coaster production for a cheery photo op. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)