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Privacy screen on beach at Strathcona Beach Park (Photo/Jake Courtepatte)

Missing man located dead in Okanagan Lake

Foul play is not suspected

 

King tides encroach on Imperial Lane homes in Ucluelet on Jan. 2.

King tides surge in Tofino and Ucluelet

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve urges residents and visitors to be CoastSmart

 

2018’s first-place winner in the sand-sculpting solo division was Peter Vogelaar’s ‘Hendrix Live - Wild Thing’. (Photo courtesy Parksville Beach Festival)

Sand sculpting time: Parksville Beach Festival expected to return in 2022

Event typically attracts visitor count of 125,000 during five-week period

 

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Tofino considers boost in bylaw enforcement budget

Echoes from 2020’s tumultuous tourist season continue to ricochet

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Beach fires return to Tofino and Ucluelet

Fire chief Brent Baker heralds best summer for local beaches

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Tofino council questions businesses encroaching on public beaches

Local resident angered by Wickaninnish Inn’s use of Chesterman Beach

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Pay parking arrives at Tofino’s beaches

District has agreed to pay Robbins Parking Service $280,000 to operate the new system

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This surf guard tower looked over Lovekin Rock before being torn down after the program was shut down in 2012. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

POLL: Do you feel that lifeguards are needed at Long Beach?

Surg guards used to watch over the water and some in Tofino and Ucluelet want them to return

This surf guard tower looked over Lovekin Rock before being torn down after the program was shut down in 2012. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
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)
Tofino plans to start charging a fee for parking near its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach, in August. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino set to launch pay parking at local beaches next month

“Pay parking is not adding an amenity, it’s adding a barrier to an amenity”

Tofino plans to start charging a fee for parking near its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach, in August. (Westerly file photo)
Maple Bay Beach is one of several beaches in the Cowichan Valley under bacteria advisories as of July 9. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Swimming not recommended at several Cowichan Valley beaches due to bacteria levels

List includes Maple Bay, Fuller Lake, Kin Beach and Estuary Nature Centre Beach

Maple Bay Beach is one of several beaches in the Cowichan Valley under bacteria advisories as of July 9. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
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)
Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino’s pay parking plan breezes through first town hall

District set to charge for parking at local beaches.

Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)

POLL: Do you support charging a fee for parking at Tofino’s beaches?

Tofino set to charge a fee to park at public beaches.

  • May 23, 2021
Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)

Bonfires out, but machine-powered beach fires still OK in Tofino

Vancouver Island’s best-known beach community limits on public beaches to appliance fires only

Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)
Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino set to charge for parking at beaches

Fees will be charged at roughly 10 locations including Chesterman Beach

Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)

Fire appliances officially mandatory on Tofino beaches

“We can still have fires, they just have to be in a suitable appliance” says Tofino mayor Dan Law

Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)
Tofino’s fire chief and manager of protective services Brent Baker shows examples of the types of appliances that Tofino looks likely to make mandatory for all beach fires. (Screenshot from April 26 council meeting)

POLL QUESTION: Do you support banning beach fires not contained in a fire appliance?

Tofino set to implement appliance mandate.

  • May 9, 2021
Tofino’s fire chief and manager of protective services Brent Baker shows examples of the types of appliances that Tofino looks likely to make mandatory for all beach fires. (Screenshot from April 26 council meeting)
Tofino’s fire chief and manager of protective services Brent Baker shows examples of the types of appliances that Tofino looks likely to make mandatory for all beach fires. (Screenshot from April 26 council meeting)

Tofino set to make portable appliances mandatory for all beach fires

Fires to be contained within a portable, clean burning or reduced smoke appliance.

Tofino’s fire chief and manager of protective services Brent Baker shows examples of the types of appliances that Tofino looks likely to make mandatory for all beach fires. (Screenshot from April 26 council meeting)
2020 Hometown Showdown women’s champ Mathea Olin and men’s champ Peter Devries. (Bryanna Bradley photo)

Tofino home to one of Canada’s best beaches

Guess which local stretch of sand the Lonely Planet called Canada’s best surf beach?

2020 Hometown Showdown women’s champ Mathea Olin and men’s champ Peter Devries. (Bryanna Bradley photo)