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Tofino Municipal Election

Author: The Shore

By Jen Dart

Every three years in British Columbia there is a municipal election, and this year it falls on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Voters in Tofino elect six Councillors and one mayor. This is a rather large slate of candidates for a town with a full-time population of only 1,800. The original reason for this larger council was the amalgamation of the Chesterman Beach neighbourhood into the District of Tofino many years ago. Additional seats were added to council to represent the views of these “new” citizens. This larger number was never corrected, although voters did have the option to reduce the number of Councillors in a recent referendum and turned it down.

Both residents and non-resident property owners can vote in the municipal election. Non-resident property owners have to register as voters and meet several criteria including having resided in British Columbia for six months just prior to the election, and having owned a Tofino property for a minimum of six months. As a Shore condo owner, you can qualify to make your voice heard in Tofino’s election. The district recommends you visit their office prior to election day to fill out an Application to Register. You will be required to provide two pieces of identification and proof of property ownership. Visit this district webpage for more information.

There is an advance poll on Wed., Nov. 9, and voting on both election days take place in council chambers at the Municipal Hall at the corner of Campbell and Third St.

The local Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, along with the Tofino Business Association, is hosting two All Candidates meetings – on Oct. 26 from 7-9pm and Nov. 16 from 7-9pm. Both meetings take place at the Tofino Community Hall on Arnet Rd.

There are two sources for news in Tofino covering the election. The Westerly News is the local print newspaper that’s also available online. In election years past, the Westerly has posed a list of questions to candidates and their answers are published in the paper. The paper also provides coverage of All Candidates meetings.

Local resident Ralph Tielelman’s blog Tofino News is also providing coverage of the election. Ralph’s blog is more informal and readers have the opportunity to comment on his posts.

Friday, Oct. 14 at 4pm was the deadline for candidates to submit their nomination papers to run for council or mayor. For an up-to-date list of candidates, please see the District of Tofino website. At last check, there were 12 candidates for six Councillor positions and two for the mayoral post.

Council will be facing many issues during its next term, not the least of which is how to fund a secondary sewage treatment plant as the district has been mandated to do by the provincial government. Municipal politics are the closest level of access for most people, as the issues seem to most directly affect residents and property owners.

Image: Jennifer Stoddart

By Jen Dart

An upcoming event recognizes and celebrates a unique culture in Tofino.

The Queen of the Peak women’s surf championships takes place Oct. 15 and 16 at local beaches.

Now in its second year, this contest is a testament to the number of talented female surfers here. This area is unique in that the number of women in the water easily matches the number of men. Some attribute this unusual phenomenon to Tofino’s relatively new surf scene; surfers have only been in the water in any number for about 15 years on the west coast.

It could also be the sandy-bottomed beaches that make this area ideal for beginners.

But Krissy Montgomery, owner of Surf Sister Surf School says it could also be the attitude of the local girls. Montgomery said there weren’t that many women surfing when she first moved to Tofino 12 years ago, but those that did were “inspirational.”

“They set the bar, they all pushed each other,” she said. “And the level of talent raised the bar.”

Montgomery’s Surf Sister, along with Shelter Restaurant, the Wickaninnish Inn and the surf brand Billabong, are the Queen of the Peak’s sponsors.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Westcoast Community Resources Society, a non-profit that assists families on the coast.

Last year’s inaugural run of the Queen of the Peak ran on one day just prior to the start of the O’Neill Coldwater Classic Association of Professional Surfers event.

There was only room for 50 surfers last year and Montgomery said the response was overwhelming, with all the spaces filling up within days.

It was clearly time to devote a whole contest to the girls, who are normally all relegated to one section in other contests.

This year the event will be separated into two days – one for the shortboard contest and one for the longboard.

There are also many associated events the week of the competition, starting with the Boogie Bash on Oct. 12 at North Chesterman beach. This is a boogie- boarding contest open to all ages, both males and females. The entry fee is $10 and all participants are automatically entered into a draw to win a 1972 Volkswagen Squareback (all surfers are also part of the draw).

A spa night and jewellery show is taking place the same evening at the Ancient Cedar Spa at the Wickaninnish Inn. The women’s surf movie Blue Crush is showing at Shelter following the spa night, with trivia and prizes.

Contestants will be treated to a wine and cheese orientation event at Surf Sister on the night before the competition, as well as a gala awards dinner at Shelter on the night of Oct. 16. The Volkswagen draw takes place at 10pm on the 16th, and the winner must be in attendance to claim the prize.

During the contest, there will be a massage tent, and babysitting and dog sitting services on the beach for surfers.

If you’d like to head to the beach to watch the competition on the 15th or 16th, check in with the Queen of the Peak’s Facebook page to find out where the action is being held (it will be either North Chesterman or Cox Bay, depending on waves conditions).

Photo: Sunny Goel

The Tofino Lantern Festival

Author: The Shore

By Jen Dart

The Tofino Lantern Festival is an annual end-of-summer event that’s both a fundraiser and a favourite local festivity.

Now in its 11th year, the Lantern Festival supports the educational programs of the Raincoast Education Society, a local non-profit organization that’s dedicated to environmental stewardship and education.

The RES started the Lantern Festival back in 2001 and it’s grown into a truly magical evening set in the Tofino Botanical Gardens. There are a myriad of lanterns illuminating the many garden paths, live music, dancing and much more.

It happens this Sunday, August 28 from 7 to 10:30pm at the botanical gardens at 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy.

Both newly made and older lanterns from previous years lit up the evening sky, in more shapes and sizes than you can count. The RES boats a solid permanent collection of impressive lanterns from years past. And for a few weeks before the festival the RES hosts lantern-making workshops, giving everyone a chance to participate in the big evening by parading around their own lanterns and enjoying those on display.

It’s yet another opportunity for locals and visitors to display their creativity in Tofino – and it’s well worth checking out.

Made with papier mache and wire, the lanterns come in all sorts of elaborate forms. Well represented are the flora and fauna of the area, such as bull kelp, fungi, trees, flowers, banana slugs, and skunk cabbage.

Of course there is an abundance of sea creatures that also feature prominently, such as sharks, whales, sea lions, sea otters, octopus and fish.

Also look for a galaxy of planets, constellations of stars, a village of houses, amongst displays from years past.

As you wander the garden paths, you might hear local musicians, and this year there will also be a flamenco performance during the festival.

Darwin’s Café at the Botanical Gardens is open to offer snacks and libations.

Many locals look forward to this festival, both for its magic and as an end of summer celebration.

It’s an added bonus that the night raises money for a worthy local organization. The RES works in the areas of educational programming for local communities, as well as sustainability and stewardship.

In addition to running ecologically based programs with local schools and in the summer for children and teenagers, the RES also has regular interpretive walks, presentations and more. The non-profit is a leader in the area in the area of stewardship, supporting and developing the Tofino Mudflat Stewardship Program.

For more information about the RES, please visit

For more about the lantern festival, visit the RES’ home page.

The Tofino Lantern Festival is a car-free event, so most arrive by foot or bicycle. There is also a Tofino Bus shuttle bus running to and from town.

If you’ve never attended this magical Tofino event, check it out this weekend.

Image: Tofino Time Website

salt water classic

By Jen Dart

The Shore recently celebrated the first ever event to be held in the restaurant space on the dock in front of the Main St. building.

The restaurant and adjacent commercial space and exercise studio are still under construction, but quickly nearing completion.

On July 15 the Shore hosted a kick-off event to the Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby in the restaurant space. Hosted by Calgary Flames NHL star Brendan Morrison, the Saltwater Classic is a fishing derby that’s in its second year.

Funds raised from the derby go towards various community programs in Tofino.

Morrison also hosted the party at the Shore Friday night to a packed house. Supporters, locals and anglers all attended the event, as did the Shore’s development team.

Guests enjoyed the culinary creations of Chef Tim May of Red Can Gourmet, a new catering and take-away business in Tofino. Chef May and his team wowed guests with their west coast creations and oyster bar.

Morrison mingled with guests and built excitement for the derby.

Shore Marina and Restaurant“It was great to host everyone in our upcoming space and to celebrate the Saltwater Classic,” said Maria Peters, the Shore’s marketing consultant. “Another great year of fundraising for Tofino community organizations and the elementary school.”

The Shore team is still looking for a tenant for the restaurant space, which is on track to be completed by the fall. A marina with boat slips will be located next to the dock, and a waterfront promenade will run along the shore in front of the condominium building.

At the Saltwater Classic kick-off event, guests had the chance to glimpse what diners will enjoy once this space is operational.

After all the fish had been weighed at the end of the derby, there was as tie for first place between Anthony Kelly and Shawn Karp. Both caught 34.5 pound Chinook salmon. Third place went to Mark Kosick with a 34.35 pound Chinook. Matt Harbour had the largest halibut, at 79.9 pounds, and the largest Coho – at 9.6 pounds – belonged to Sean Peach

Overall 98 anglers participated in the event, which raised a total of $25,000 for Wickaninnish Community School, the Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society, the Tofino Hospital Foundation and the Tofino Parks and Recreation Department.

Morrison has a home in Tofino, and he and his family spends time here in the summer.

In addition to the Shore event, Morrison also held a ball hockey event at the Tofino Community Hall for local kids.

For more on the Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby, please visit

Photo Credit: Salt Water Classic Website

Tofino Summer Events

Author: The Shore

tofino festivals

By Jennifer Dart

As we head into summer, there are several activities and special events happening to keep in mind. Most of these take place within steps of your condo at the Shore.

We’ve discussed the Tofino Food and Wine Festival in a previous post , but that is essentially the kick-off to summer around these parts. This three-day festival focuses on the abundance of wonderful local products and cuisine in this area, as well as Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s wineries, cideries and breweries. It starts this weekend, running from June 3 to 5.

All summer long you can also enjoy the Tofino Public Market just one block from your door, every Saturday on the Village Green from 10am-2pm. To take part in this market, producers must make it, bake it, gather or grow it. Local artisans have jewellery, artwork and photography, food stuffs and fresh produce, snacks, and much more available. There are also often special displays by local non-profit societies. The public market runs from May until September.

The Pacific Rim Summer Festival is a two-week festival that celebrates local arts and culture. This year it it scheduled to take place from July 1 through 15.

This year will be the Pacific Rim Art Society’s 21st summer festival, and will feature performances and showings in Tofino, Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. PRAS is also planning a West Coast Carving Festival for September, highlighting the many carvers in this area. Details have yet to be announced, but for more information visit the Pacific Art Society website.

Canada Day celebrations take place in Tofino on the Village Green starting at noon on July 1st. A skateboard competition and barbecue, as well as a beverage garden and more, are all part of the festivities.

Ucluelet’s annual town celebration, Ukee Days, happens over three days from July 22-24. A fairground is set up at the Seaplane Base Recreation Hall, with many fun activities for families, as well as logger sports and a beverage garden. A market is ongoing throughout the festival, with local artisans and vendors. For more on this fun event, visit the District of Ucluelet website.

The Tofino Lantern Festival is a wonderful event that normally closes out the summer on the west coast. This year it is scheduled August 28. A fundraiser for the local non-profit Raincoast Education society, the Lantern Festival takes places at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. The gardens are filled with homemade lanterns, some of which are incredibly inventive and intricate. The festival starts at dusk, as these lighted lanterns are best enjoyed by dark. For more information about the Lantern Festival and the RES, please visit the Raincoast Education Society website.

There is much to enjoy in Tofino in the summer, not the least of which are the many local festivals and events.

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Tofino Food and Wine Festival

Author: The Shore

Tofino Food and Wine Festival

By Jennifer Dart

While there’s a lot going on in May in Tofino including Feast! Tofino-Ucluelet and the Shorebird Festival, there’s an annual event in early June that is always one to look forward to.

The Tofino Food and Wine Festival has been ongoing since 2003. Last year some 700 people wandered around the Tofino Botanical Gardens sampling British Columbia wine and food from local restaurants and Vancouver Island food purveyors during the festival’s main event, Grazing in the Gardens.

Festival coordinator Kira Rogers and her partner Eli Blake conceived of the festival while they both worked at the former Café Pamplona, which used to be housed in what is now Darwin’s Café in the gardens. This event has grown from a small, local festival to a weekend full of events and a reason to visit Tofino in June.

This year’s festival starts Thursday, June 2 and runs until Sunday, June 5.

The festival supports several local non-profit societies and initiatives, including the Tofino Botanical Garden Society, the Community Children’s Centre, the Lighthouse Trail, and the Multi-Use Path.

Tofino CuisineIt’s all about showcasing the culinary talents of local chefs and the bounty of fresh ingredients from the Island, as well as the wines of British Columbia. Last year some 22 restaurants and specialty food suppliers offered samples at Grazing, as did 48 wineries four breweries, and one ciderhouse.

“It’s the best of Tofino,” said Tourism Tofino executive director Sharon Lingenfelter at last year’s main event. “Tofino comes out – the restaurants come out, the wineries come out, the breweries come out – in support of what Tofino is all about.”

This year the events surrounding the festival – including one hosted by the Shore – kick off Thursday, June 2.

The Epicurean Showcase at Long Beach Lodge Resort is an evening of canapés and wine. For more information, visit Long Beach Lodge.

On Friday, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is hosting a Rainforest Harvest Luncheon at 1pm.

Also on Friday are two winemakers dinners. The Wickaninnish Inn’s Chef Nick Nutting is pairing up with Cedar Creek Winery, and Shelter Restaurant is hosting Alderlea Winery of Duncan.

Kira and Eli will be on hand at Darwin’s Café to welcome one and all to the 9th annual Food and Wine Festival with Bienvenue with BC Bubbles, an evening of the best BC has to offer in sparkling wine and cider.

BC WineThe main event is Saturday from 1-4pm at the gardens. Then join us at the Shore for Sips and Seafood, starting at 6pm (watch the blog for more details about this event).

The Schooner Restaurant hosts an annual Sunset Barbecue after the festival, starting at 7pm.

Finally, on Sunday cookbook author and chef Caren McSherry will be hosting an event called “In a Pinch – effortless cooking with Caren McSherry.”

Details of all these events can be found on the Food and Wine Festival’s website. There is also a link to purchase online tickets to Grazing in the Gardens.

In advance of the festival, Shelter Restaurant is hosting a grape stomping event on Saturday, May 14. The best stomper will receive two tickets to Grazing in the Gardens.

Follow all the festival news on Twitter and Facebook , or visit the Tofino Food and Wine Festival blog.

Photo Credits: Tofino Food and Wine Festival

The Tofino Shorebird Festival

Author: The Shore

By Jennifer Dart

The Tofino Shorebird Festival is a sure sign that spring is on the way.

You might not be so sure, given the weather we’ve had in April thus far…

But as we approach the end of this month, thousands upon thousands of shorebirds make a stop here on their way northward to summertime Arctic breeding grounds. They come with warmer winds from their southern winter hideouts.

It may be a more pint-sized version of the annual whale migration, but the mass movement of shorebirds is also cause for celebration on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

From May 6-9, a series of events both celebrate and showcase this massive flyby of feathered creatures.

The Raincoast Education Society started the Shorebird Festival in 1997, the same year the Tofino mudflats were designated as a Wildlife Management Area. Both the festival and the designation point to a unique habitat for all kinds of wildlife, including shorebirds.

The Tofino mudflat WMA is a 21 square kilometer area on the estuary side of Esowista Peninsula. The mulflats contain several kinds of habitat, including dense coastal rainforest, tidal flats and channels, rock and gravel beaches, streams, and shallow to deep subtidal areas. According to information from the RES, the Tofino mudflats are a more sheltered habitat than most intertidal estuaries, and richer in nutrients.

The small worms and other organisms that are just below the surface of the mud enable the birds to store up on fat reserves – an essential step if they’re to be successful having young.

Also essential when you consider how far these tiny creatures fly for the food they consume here.

Good viewing points to watch all the action are: Chesterman Beach, Long Beach, Grice Bay and the end of Sharp Rd (there is now a look-out at Sharp Rd, next to the water treatment plant).

There are several opportunities during the Shorebird Festival for guided bird watching tours.

Kayak and hiking bird watches, a reception, a birding movie, and a photo contest are just some of the events planned for the four-day festival.

In advance of the Shorebird Festival, the Wickaninnish Inn’s Pointe Restaurant is the place to be May 1 for Brunch for the Birds, a fundraiser for the festival. You can reserve tickets to the brunch by emailing or by calling 250 725-2560.

Given Tofino’s affinity for birds and birding, it’s no wonder a Hollywood birding movie was filmed here. The Big Year, starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black was filmed in 2010, and will be released this year. The premise of the movie is that three avid bird watchers (Wilson, Martin and Black) are competing to spot the rarest birds in North America at an annual event.

Image Credit: Raincoast Education Society

Feast! Tofino-Ucluelet

Author: The Shore

By Jen Dart

If you haven’t made plans already to be here in Tofino in May, a newly announced culinary festival might change your mind.

Feast! Tofino-Ucluelet is a month-long series of culinary events that will take place on the west coast starting on May 8 and leading up to the 9th annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival June 3-5.

Sponsored by EAT Magazine and Global BC, Feast will feature numerous events, including $29, $39 and $49 prix fixe menus at participating local restaurants.

This isn’t your average dine-around event, however.

Each Saturday during Feast, a different seafood will be the focus of a Saturday “On the Dock” festival in both Tofino and Ucluelet. Salmon week is from May 9-14, crab week is May 15-21, and spot prawns are the feature of the week for May 22-28.

Local chefs will join a number of guest celebrity chefs in preparing all kinds of seafood dishes both on the wharfs and in local restaurants. Among the chefs confirmed to attend are: Canada’s Iron Chef Rob Feenie, Rick Moonen of rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Hayato Okamitsu of Calgary’s Catch Restaurant, Angus An of Vancouver’s Maenam Restaurant, JC Poirier of Campagnolo, also in Vancouver, Brad Holmes of ulla Restaurant in Victoria, Nico Schuermans of Vancouver’s Chambar Belgian Restaurant, Peter Zambri of Zambri’s in Victoria, and Bob Izumi of Global’s “The Real Fishing Show.”

The chefs will also be participating in educational sustainable seafood processing and preparation tips and demonstrations, both at locals restaurants and on the wharf.

There are also “Stay, Dine and Play” packages on offer from participating accommodation providers, restaurants and tour operators.

The concept for Feast was developed by the group of local chefs and food purveyors who make up the Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild, a local non-profit organization focused on sourcing sustainable food for the area.

As Shelter Restaurant owner and TUCG board member Jay Gildenhuys says, the festival is meant to showcase the rich culinary culture of the area, along with the bounty of sustainable seafood available here.

“No town this size has this kind of culinary scene,” said Gildenhuys. “Doing something like [Feast], it’s not really creating anything; it’s already here.”

It’s just a matter of showing it off to the rest of the world.

Local fisherman Jeff Mikus (owner of the Wildside Grill), embodies the TUCG’s principle of boat-to-table.

“Sometimes it’s funny that we have so much of this stuff in our backyard, but we don’t have farms,” Mikus said about the abundance of sustainable seafood.

He likes the idea of incorporating more than the culinary aspect into Feast. “So much of what we do here is based on everything else.”

The festival will lead into the Tofino Food and Wine Festival, starting June 3. This weekend will be the perfect way to cap off a month of celebrating what the west coast area has to offer the seafood lover, with BC wineries and local restaurants and Vancouver Island food purveyors coming together in the Tofino Botanical Gardens to showcase their own delights.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to sample the culinary gems of Tofino, Feast may be your perfect opportunity.

Image Credit: Feast! Tofino-Ucluelet Website

Time waits for no one, and we at The Shore did not hesitate to jump into the action in Tofino in June. Many of Tofino’s 1.2 million annual visitors arrive in summer, a time when Tofino comes alive with activities and events that Moss Development is happy to support.

The Tofino Food and Wine Festival kicked off the action this year, and Moss Development was delighted to host Sunset, Sips, and Seafood in the Penthouse at The Shore on Friday, June 4. Wine, food and sunset enthusiasts participated in this colourful evening, with tapas prepared by Geoff Laithwaite, executive chef of the vessel “Odessa II”, and seafood supplied by Komo Gwaay oysters and Trilogy Fish Company. Wines were graciously poured by the women of Liquid Art and partially sponsored by Sperling Vineyards of Kelowna. And, of course, the Clayoquot Sound sunset was stellar as Mother Nature delivered the perfect backdrop for the evening right on cue.

The following weekend, Tofino sported running teams in the Edge to Edge Marathon. Moss sponsored a refreshing water station at the 25 kilometer point of the race and cheered a record number of runners on as they passed, tracking their way toward the finish line in Ucluelet. Both events embodied The Shore’s commitment to our community and Moss Development’s passion about the lifestyle The Shore offers to our residents and prospective buyers.

While we also celebrated the summer solstice this month, we welcomed new owners to our building. Two condominium units sold, leaving our inventory reduced to seven suites: three penthouses and four Harbour Front suites. While there are 20-something listings available in the Tofino market, discriminating buyers are finding incomparable value in their purchases at The Shore. The permanence of the building with its cement and steel construction, the secured underground heated parking, along with storage, and the finishing detail and quality are all placing The Shore in the top ranking. The Shore is the only new inventory in Tuff City’s market which is making it attractive for anyone looking to purchase a second home with a full 10-year warranty program.

In addition, a further commercial retail space sold this month leaving only three prime retail suites fronting the building which open on to Main Street. These spaces can be combined to make a larger unit of up to 2,100 square feet of sales space, and are available for sale or lease.

As the summer sizzles, work on the waterfront continues with steady progress. The foundation is now in its final stages with the piling complete and the cement pile caps being poured in early July. Our stunning dock structure is intended to be completed in fall 2010 and will feature further amenities for The Shore. Added to our luxury lifestyle are a yoga and exercise studio, kayak and surfboard storage, and an outdoor shower and wash area, designed for ease of clean up when your ocean activities are over for the day.

All waterfront work will be completed by the end of 2010 including the addition of a new deluxe marina with convenient boat slips for 15 to 20 vessels. The scenic walkway will also service a public wharf bringing access to boaters, who will be able to temporarily moor to drop off diners at Tofino’s only on-the-water restaurant located at the end of the pier and slated for opening in May 2011.

Moss Development looks forward to welcoming more residents and businesses to The Shore this summer as the final stages of our project draw to completion, delivering a truly amazing and vibrant “Centre of Town” on the old B.C. Packers site on Main Street, located at the Edge of World!

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