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Can you dig it? BMX rider and trail builder Dylan King jumps Ucluelet’s new BMX park on a beautiful autumn day. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

West Coast becoming a vibrant bike community

“This area has everything and more to offer for riding enthusiasts of all diverse ages.”

Can you dig it? BMX rider and trail builder Dylan King jumps Ucluelet’s new BMX park on a beautiful autumn day. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Surfrider volunteers gather at the Seaplane base dock on Aug. 22 to celebrate a successful expedition to the Broken Group Islands. Over the course of eight-days, the volunteers filled 45 super sacs with marine debris. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Surfrider volunteers clean up Broken Group Islands near Ucluelet

“We cleaned up a very small portion of B.C.’s coastline, but retrieved a mountain of plastic.”

Surfrider volunteers gather at the Seaplane base dock on Aug. 22 to celebrate a successful expedition to the Broken Group Islands. Over the course of eight-days, the volunteers filled 45 super sacs with marine debris. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
GOLDEN OLIN: Tofino surfer Sanoa Dempfle-Olin gets carried out of the surf by teammates Jasmine Porter and Keanna Hasz after winning the U18 girls division of the 2019 Rip Curl Nationals. Sanoa, 13, also took second place in the U16 girls and claimed bronze in the open women’s shortboard. Her older sister Mathea won gold in the U16 and placed fourth in the open women’s shortboard. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
GOLDEN OLIN: Tofino surfer Sanoa Dempfle-Olin gets carried out of the surf by teammates Jasmine Porter and Keanna Hasz after winning the U18 girls division of the 2019 Rip Curl Nationals. Sanoa, 13, also took second place in the U16 girls and claimed bronze in the open women’s shortboard. Her older sister Mathea won gold in the U16 and placed fourth in the open women’s shortboard. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Tofino’s Peter Devries, left, exits the water alongside fellow Tofino surfer Michael Darling during the final heat of 2018’s Surf Canada Nationals. Devries will conted for his ninth Canadian title at Wickaninnish Beach on May 10-12. (Westerly File Photo)

Surf Canada Nationals coming to Wick Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

“We have a really good thing going here with Surf Canada.”

Tofino’s Peter Devries, left, exits the water alongside fellow Tofino surfer Michael Darling during the final heat of 2018’s Surf Canada Nationals. Devries will conted for his ninth Canadian title at Wickaninnish Beach on May 10-12. (Westerly File Photo)
Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)                                Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)

Parks Canada seeks contractors for ʔapsčiik t’ašii (pronounced ‘Ups-cheek ta-shee’) trail

“No relationship is more important to the Government of Canada than the one with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.”

Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)                                Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)
A West Coast resident watches a giant wave crash down from a safe viewing platform on Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Extreme Wave Advisory issued for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

A West Coast resident watches a giant wave crash down from a safe viewing platform on Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Parks Canada staffer Josée Tremblay shows a sign she made for a July 26 Phoenix payroll protest at the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Ongoing Phoenix pay nightmare continues for Parks Canada staff

Protest held at Tofino-Ucluelet Junction at the same time Trudeau takes surf vacation in the area.

Parks Canada staffer Josée Tremblay shows a sign she made for a July 26 Phoenix payroll protest at the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Surfrider volunteers Takaya, front left, Isla, Ava, Turin and Riley with Jason, in the back, and Megan soak up sun rays and good vibes at Florencia Bay Beach on July 14. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Florencia beach clean near Tofino draws awesome crowd

Visitors from as far as Hawaii, Philippines, and Venezuela pitch in at Surfrider event.

Surfrider volunteers Takaya, front left, Isla, Ava, Turin and Riley with Jason, in the back, and Megan soak up sun rays and good vibes at Florencia Bay Beach on July 14. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve staff Jenny Touchie, right, is experiencing devastating financial and personal hardship as a result of the federal government’s failed Phoenix pay system. She has not been paid correctly since the system was implemented over two years ago. (Westerly File Photo)

Phoenix pay nightmare continues for Parks Canada employee

“No other employer would get away with that, but somehow we’re stuck in the middle.”

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve staff Jenny Touchie, right, is experiencing devastating financial and personal hardship as a result of the federal government’s failed Phoenix pay system. She has not been paid correctly since the system was implemented over two years ago. (Westerly File Photo)
Research vessel RV David Thompson will make its maiden voyage to Alaska from Victoria. (Anna James/VICTORIA NEWS)

Canadian research vessel to explore 19th Century shipwrecks

Commissioned this week in Victoria, the RV David Thompson is Parks Canada’s newest vessel

Research vessel RV David Thompson will make its maiden voyage to Alaska from Victoria. (Anna James/VICTORIA NEWS)
Twelve Canadian Surf Champs were honoured at Cox Bay Beach last year in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro Tofino. (Westerly File Photo)

Park Reserve to host national surfing showdown

Surf Canada Nationals scheduled for May 4-7 at Wick Beach.

Twelve Canadian Surf Champs were honoured at Cox Bay Beach last year in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro Tofino. (Westerly File Photo)
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve staff and local Canadian Coast Guard supporters stand in solidarity at the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction on Feb. 28 to call on the federal government to solve the disastrous Phoenix pay system. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve staff and local Canadian Coast Guard supporters stand in solidarity at the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction on Feb. 28 to call on the federal government to solve the disastrous Phoenix pay system. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Do you think this signage is enough to keep the public safe? Let’s bring back the Surf Guard program at Long Beach. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

EDITORIAL: Restore the Surf Guard program at Long Beach

We want to see the federal government invest money back into public safety.

Do you think this signage is enough to keep the public safe? Let’s bring back the Surf Guard program at Long Beach. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
An artist rendering of the future multi-use ‘Ups-cheek ta-shee’ trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Parks Canada Photo)

ʔapsčiik t’ašii (pronounced ‘Ups-cheek ta-shee’) a step towards reconciliation

First Nations Elders name new Park Reserve path that will connect Tofino and Ucluelet.

An artist rendering of the future multi-use ‘Ups-cheek ta-shee’ trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Parks Canada Photo)
Surfrider volunteers gathered marine debris on Blunden Island near Tofino on June 14. The majority of the debris found was yellow styrofoam from shipping containers that fell of the cargo ship Hanjin Seattle in November. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

VIDEO: Surfrider kick off Hanjin clean ups

Surfrider Pacific Rim volunteers cleaned up Blunden Island near Tofino on June…

Surfrider volunteers gathered marine debris on Blunden Island near Tofino on June 14. The majority of the debris found was yellow styrofoam from shipping containers that fell of the cargo ship Hanjin Seattle in November. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)