beaches

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

 

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”

 

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

 

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)
Tofino is considering new restrictions around beach fires. (Westerly News file photo)

POLL QUESTION: Do you support a portable beach fire pit mandate in Tofino?

Tofino is considering new restrictions around beach fires.

  • Feb 28, 2021
Tofino is considering new restrictions around beach fires. (Westerly News file photo)
Remains of a beach fire at Tofino's Mackenzie Beach. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino considers new beach fire restrictions, including portable fire pit mandate

“Each night, there are dozens of fires abandoned without being extinguished.”

Remains of a beach fire at Tofino's Mackenzie Beach. (Westerly file photo)
Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services

Dangerous oasis: The fatal history of a popular Kootenay Lake beach

Six Mile Beach near Nelson is known for its unique sand spit. But locals have feared it for decades

Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services
The remains of a beach fire at Mackenzie Beach in Tofino. (Westerly file photo)

POLL QUESTION: Do you support a beach fire ban in Tofino?

Tofino’s municipal council is expected to make a decision on Oct. 13.

  • Oct 11, 2020
The remains of a beach fire at Mackenzie Beach in Tofino. (Westerly file photo)
Robin Knight recently participated in a Flash CleanFriday event hosted by Surfrider. (Westerly file photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim: Flash Clean Fridays

Grab your reusable gloves, bags and buckets and join Surfrider Pacific Rim’s newest initiative.

  • Sep 17, 2020
Robin Knight recently participated in a Flash CleanFriday event hosted by Surfrider. (Westerly file photo)
Beach fire remains at MacKenzie Beach in Tofino. (Westerly file photo)

Fire restrictions in Tofino and Ucluelet

“It is visitors and residents alike that struggle with this one on a yearly basis.”

Beach fire remains at MacKenzie Beach in Tofino. (Westerly file photo)
Ucluelet residents are raising concerns over the impacts late-night beach fire gatherings are having on Big Beach. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Big Beach parties spark concern in Ucluelet

“You find needles, left over party debris, bottles and still burning fires.”

Ucluelet residents are raising concerns over the impacts late-night beach fire gatherings are having on Big Beach. (Nora O’Malley photo)
This screenshot taken from a video shot by surf instructor Shannon Brown shows a watercraft operator in the surf zone off Chesterman Beach. Since being shared on social media, the video has sparked concerns over water safety. (Image from video by Shannon Brown)
This screenshot taken from a video shot by surf instructor Shannon Brown shows a watercraft operator in the surf zone off Chesterman Beach. Since being shared on social media, the video has sparked concerns over water safety. (Image from video by Shannon Brown)