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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)

Vancouver Island’s West Coast going wild about cycling

Ongoing project will tie Tofino and Ucluelet together with a paved cycling trail

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)
PRINCESS OF THE PEAK: Tofino teen Keanna Hasz, 15, gets chaired off the beach by friends Jasmine Porter and Toby Theriault after winning the under-16 division of the tenth annual Queen of Peak. Hasz defeated Aqua Bruhwiler, Serena Porter, and Chloe Platenius to claim her first-ever Princess of the Peak title and a $500 prize purse. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

All-female surf contest has women and girls riding strong wave

Tofino hosts 10th annual Queen of the Peak Women’s Surfing Championships at Cox Bay

PRINCESS OF THE PEAK: Tofino teen Keanna Hasz, 15, gets chaired off the beach by friends Jasmine Porter and Toby Theriault after winning the under-16 division of the tenth annual Queen of Peak. Hasz defeated Aqua Bruhwiler, Serena Porter, and Chloe Platenius to claim her first-ever Princess of the Peak title and a $500 prize purse. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health medical health officer for central Vancouver Island, said mumps is totally preventable with individuals who get vaccinated. (Westerly File Photo)

Mumps cluster on West Coast prompts vaccination reminder

Less than five cases of the mumps virus have been reported in the Tofino-Ucluelet area.

Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health medical health officer for central Vancouver Island, said mumps is totally preventable with individuals who get vaccinated. (Westerly File Photo)
Tofino will be able to proceed with a $55 million wastewater treatment plant thanks to $40 million from the provincial and federal governments. (file photo)

$40 million to stop raw sewage from being pumped into Clayoquot Sound

Tofino receives federal and provincial grant for new sewage treatment plant

Tofino will be able to proceed with a $55 million wastewater treatment plant thanks to $40 million from the provincial and federal governments. (file photo)
Talia Corlazzoli and Matteo Ludlow bond a nameplate to one of the new cement crosses at the Ucluelet Cemetery with help from District staff Wanda McAvoy. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Vancouver Island students won’t let names of the fallen be forgotten

Pair navigate maps and scour archives over three years to give nameplates to nameless deceased

Talia Corlazzoli and Matteo Ludlow bond a nameplate to one of the new cement crosses at the Ucluelet Cemetery with help from District staff Wanda McAvoy. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Land use concept plan for Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods temporary staff housing for 13 Recreational Vehicles on the property at 1970 Harbour Crescent. (IMAGE FROM UCLUELET COUNCIL AGENDA)

Ucluelet approves RVs as temporary housing solution for fish plant workers

“We are hoping for the best. Everybody has to support each other here.”

Land use concept plan for Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods temporary staff housing for 13 Recreational Vehicles on the property at 1970 Harbour Crescent. (IMAGE FROM UCLUELET COUNCIL AGENDA)
Daniel Greenwood and Mathilde Gordon fly the flag ‘Seize Change’ at Ucluelet’s Otter Street dock. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Young Aussie sailors ‘re-framing the face of adventure’

Their single-use plastic free circumnavigation of Vancouver Island began on May 25 in Nanaimo.

Daniel Greenwood and Mathilde Gordon fly the flag ‘Seize Change’ at Ucluelet’s Otter Street dock. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
BRONZED: Tofino surfer Mathea Dempfle-Olin balances on the nose of her longboard during the last day of surf competition at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Dempfle-Olin went on to win a historic bronze medal in the women’s longboard division. Her podium performance marks Canada’s first-ever surfing medal at the Pan Am Games. (Pablo Jiménez Photo)

Island surfer wins historic medal for Canada

Tofino’s Mathea Dempfle-Olin wins bronze at Pan Am Games

BRONZED: Tofino surfer Mathea Dempfle-Olin balances on the nose of her longboard during the last day of surf competition at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Dempfle-Olin went on to win a historic bronze medal in the women’s longboard division. Her podium performance marks Canada’s first-ever surfing medal at the Pan Am Games. (Pablo Jiménez Photo)
A surf school catches white waves at Wickaninnish Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Earlier in July, a surfer said he saw a large shark while enjoying a session way out back past the white waves. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Vancouver Island surfer watches 12-foot shark circle under his board

Sighting comes as salmon sharks gather in unusual numbers off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

A surf school catches white waves at Wickaninnish Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Earlier in July, a surfer said he saw a large shark while enjoying a session way out back past the white waves. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
This cougar was seen on July 31 in the back bay area of Hot Springs Cove near Tofino. B.C. conservation officer Sergeant Stuart Bates said, due to the extreme remoteness of the location, it is quite possible that the cougar has never seen a human before in its life. He said cougar attacks are extremely rare. (Image courtesy of Michael Antonakos)

VIDEO: cougar stalks cabin perimeter on Island’s west coast

Cougar advisory issued for Hot Springs Cove near Tofino after scary incident

This cougar was seen on July 31 in the back bay area of Hot Springs Cove near Tofino. B.C. conservation officer Sergeant Stuart Bates said, due to the extreme remoteness of the location, it is quite possible that the cougar has never seen a human before in its life. He said cougar attacks are extremely rare. (Image courtesy of Michael Antonakos)
Sandi Knighton pays tribute to her mother, Monique, and father, Peter, who ran Chez Monique’s on the West Coast Trail. PINK BUFFALO FILMS PHOTO

Off-the-grid West Coast Trail restaurant Chez Monique featured on film

“The story we are trying to share is of the loving haven they created and sustained for decades.”

Sandi Knighton pays tribute to her mother, Monique, and father, Peter, who ran Chez Monique’s on the West Coast Trail. PINK BUFFALO FILMS PHOTO
Artist Claire Watson holds ‘60 Years of Prominence: The St. Lawrence Seaway’, her first silver coin designed for the Royal Canadian Mint. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

B.C. artist designs coin for Royal Canadian Mint

“I was quite blown away that I won it.”

Artist Claire Watson holds ‘60 Years of Prominence: The St. Lawrence Seaway’, her first silver coin designed for the Royal Canadian Mint. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
American professional snowboarder and two-time Olympic gold medallist Jamie Anderson shows her love for wild salmon on the bow of the Tiicmis during the June 24 flotilla. DOUGLAS LUDWIG PHOTO

Outcry for wild salmon builds in Tofino

About 30 vessels join in first-ever flotilla for the protection of wild salmon.

American professional snowboarder and two-time Olympic gold medallist Jamie Anderson shows her love for wild salmon on the bow of the Tiicmis during the June 24 flotilla. DOUGLAS LUDWIG PHOTO
Vancouver Island surfers talk surfboards

Vancouver Island surfers talk surfboards

“I tried to make it so it was easy to get into waves and not too floaty so you could duck dive it.”

Vancouver Island surfers talk surfboards
Tsimka Martin holds a rod equipped with a Go Pro camera for plunging into the Creative Salmon fish farm pens. Gisele Martin, forefront, displays a medicine woman mask she brought to witness the activity on the fish farms. OCEAN SIMONE SHINE PHOTO

Tla-o-qui-aht board fish farms to obtain video footage of pens

Activists take footage inside Creative Salmon closed pens in Clayoquot Sound, near Tofino

Tsimka Martin holds a rod equipped with a Go Pro camera for plunging into the Creative Salmon fish farm pens. Gisele Martin, forefront, displays a medicine woman mask she brought to witness the activity on the fish farms. OCEAN SIMONE SHINE PHOTO
AdventureSmart outreach educators Natasha Penner and Eddie Fast speak with Tofino resident Dakota Cooney at the Tofino Public Market on June 1 as part of a week’s worth of AdventureSmart educational events that included visits to schools and workshops. (Andrew Bailey / Westerly News)

Are you ready for a safe adventure

Ambassadors breaching outdoor safety around Vancouver Island

AdventureSmart outreach educators Natasha Penner and Eddie Fast speak with Tofino resident Dakota Cooney at the Tofino Public Market on June 1 as part of a week’s worth of AdventureSmart educational events that included visits to schools and workshops. (Andrew Bailey / Westerly News)
Protesters and wild salmon advocates take part in a talking circle and march against fish farms on June 9 in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

First Nations and allies protest Clayoquot Sound fish farms

“We have a shared concern, a dream and a hope to see salmon farms removed.”

Protesters and wild salmon advocates take part in a talking circle and march against fish farms on June 9 in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Mario Chartrand zips by the Tourism Tofino visitor centre on a high performance e-bike on May 29. The eco tour operator challenged himself to push the speed and time limits of the 35-km ride as part of Go By Bike Week. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Guide scorches Ucluelet-Tofino ride on electric bike

“I feel like I’m a Tour de France rider. I can keep up with the peloton.”

Mario Chartrand zips by the Tourism Tofino visitor centre on a high performance e-bike on May 29. The eco tour operator challenged himself to push the speed and time limits of the 35-km ride as part of Go By Bike Week. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Howler’s Restaurant employee Lester Poon, 57, who has been living in Ucluelet since ‘95 says “he’s sick of moving.” (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Ucluelet council allows RV’s to be seasonal housing

“While providing 3 seasonal workers accommodation doesn’t solve our housing challenges, it’s a start.”

Howler’s Restaurant employee Lester Poon, 57, who has been living in Ucluelet since ‘95 says “he’s sick of moving.” (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Team Canada longboarders from left: Lydia Ricard, Liv Stokes, Asia Dryden, and Christian Thomson on the beach in Biarritz, France for the 2019 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship. (Photo: ISA/Pablo Jimenez)

Islanders shine as Team Canada clinches 13th at surfing Worlds

2019 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship: “This was our strongest team ever and our best result”

Team Canada longboarders from left: Lydia Ricard, Liv Stokes, Asia Dryden, and Christian Thomson on the beach in Biarritz, France for the 2019 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship. (Photo: ISA/Pablo Jimenez)