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Paul Moran, Tofino Resort + Marina’s executive chef and the newly crowned Top Chef Canada, fillets a halibut for dinner guests at 1909 Kitchen last week. Moran served the premier whitefish with freshly foraged morel mushrooms and seaweed. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino’s ‘Mushroom Man’ wins Top Chef Canada Season 7

Chef Paul Moran of 1909 Kitchen at Tofino Resort + Marina won the $100,000 prize and Top Chef title.

Paul Moran, Tofino Resort + Marina’s executive chef and the newly crowned Top Chef Canada, fillets a halibut for dinner guests at 1909 Kitchen last week. Moran served the premier whitefish with freshly foraged morel mushrooms and seaweed. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Hands Across the Sand participants lock hands and spread out across the shore of Clayoquot Island on May 19. The international movement is a 15-minute peaceful gathering to promote clean energy and ending fossil fuel investments. (Photo: Arya Touserkani / Surfrider Pacific Rim Volunteer)

Hundreds call for a clean energy future at Hands Across the Sand event in Tofino

Surfrider Pacific Rim and Friends of Clayoquot Sound team up to host the peaceful gathering

Hands Across the Sand participants lock hands and spread out across the shore of Clayoquot Island on May 19. The international movement is a 15-minute peaceful gathering to promote clean energy and ending fossil fuel investments. (Photo: Arya Touserkani / Surfrider Pacific Rim Volunteer)
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)

Canadian surf champions crowned in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

ā€œIā€™m really happy to represent Canada.ā€

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)
This group stood in solidarity to protect Meares Island old growth forest from logging in 1984. They came together again for a nostalgic photo during a 35th anniversary celebration on April 19 at the Best Western Tin Wis. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Remembering the day the Pacific Rim took an environmental stand

Tla-o-qui-aht and Tofino celebrate 35th anniversary of the Meares Island Tribal Park Declaration

This group stood in solidarity to protect Meares Island old growth forest from logging in 1984. They came together again for a nostalgic photo during a 35th anniversary celebration on April 19 at the Best Western Tin Wis. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Canada’s best surfers riding Tofino waves

Canada’s best surfers riding Tofino waves

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve hosts Rip Curl Nationals next month

Canada’s best surfers riding Tofino waves
At about 6:00 p.m. on March 26, RCAF Cormorant helicopter rescued four individuals stranded on Lovekin Rock at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Approach by boat to Lovekin was ruled too dangerous due to sea state, according to the JRCC Victoria. (Sophie L’Homme Photo)

Four stranded by surging seas on a rock off Tofino

Rescue chopper lifts a walker and three boogie boarders to safety after two hours at Long Beach

At about 6:00 p.m. on March 26, RCAF Cormorant helicopter rescued four individuals stranded on Lovekin Rock at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Approach by boat to Lovekin was ruled too dangerous due to sea state, according to the JRCC Victoria. (Sophie L’Homme Photo)
Vancouver Island’s brand new professional soccer team Pacific FC opened their 2019 pre-season with a four-day training session in Tofino. The team played soccer at Mackenzie Beach and Wickaninnish Community School. (Pacific FC Photo)

Vancouver Island’s soccer team takes shape in Tofino

New Canadian Premier League Pacific Football Club wants to be a team for people from Sooke to Tofino

Vancouver Island’s brand new professional soccer team Pacific FC opened their 2019 pre-season with a four-day training session in Tofino. The team played soccer at Mackenzie Beach and Wickaninnish Community School. (Pacific FC Photo)
Clayoquot CleanUp volunteers eye a mound of marine debris collected along the shoreline of Flores Island in Ahousaht First Nations territory. Kait Rogers Photo

‘Plastic Beach’ film sheds light on marine debris along B.C.’s coast

Clayoquot CleanUp and Sitka collaborate on conservation

Clayoquot CleanUp volunteers eye a mound of marine debris collected along the shoreline of Flores Island in Ahousaht First Nations territory. Kait Rogers 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)
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)

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

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)
Team Canada athletes enjoyed warm weather and big waves at the 2018 Pan American Surfing Games in Punta Hermosa, Peru. (Surf Canada Photo)

Canadian Surf Team take on the Americas at Pan Am Games in Peru

270 athletes from 20 countries partake in Olympic 2020 qualifier.

Team Canada athletes enjoyed warm weather and big waves at the 2018 Pan American Surfing Games in Punta Hermosa, Peru. (Surf Canada Photo)
In September 2018, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations gifted this totem pole to the town of Tofino as a a celebration of the West Coast’s First Nations presence. The pole was created by master carver Joe David, and lives at Tofino’s Anchor Park. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

First Nations ecosystem service fee in the works for Tofino

Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Allies program enters trial year.

In September 2018, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations gifted this totem pole to the town of Tofino as a a celebration of the West Coast’s First Nations presence. The pole was created by master carver Joe David, and lives at Tofino’s Anchor Park. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
A Ucluelet resident discusses environmental risks with a representative from Steelhead LNG at community information session in Ucluelet on Nov. 26. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

‘It’s a terrible idea’: West Coast residents react to massive LNG project proposal in Barkley Sound

Kwispaa LNG formally enters into the environmental assessment phase.

A Ucluelet resident discusses environmental risks with a representative from Steelhead LNG at community information session in Ucluelet on Nov. 26. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
First Nation asks Tofino businesses to support eco-fee

First Nation asks Tofino businesses to support eco-fee

Funds will be dedicated for cultural projects, environmental restoration and conservation

First Nation asks Tofino businesses to support eco-fee
Tofino’s Crystal Cove Resort took the top prize for best float in the Pacific Rim Whale Festival’s 2018 Parade of Whales and Wonders and might be the parade’s last champion ever. The Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society has cancelled 2019’s event and is circulating a survey to see if there is enough interest for the festival to return in 2020. (Andrew Bailey / Westerly News)

Annual Whale Festival sunk for Tofino and Ucluelet

Survey circulating to determine feasibility of revival, after lack of support cancels 2019 edition

Tofino’s Crystal Cove Resort took the top prize for best float in the Pacific Rim Whale Festival’s 2018 Parade of Whales and Wonders and might be the parade’s last champion ever. The Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society has cancelled 2019’s event and is circulating a survey to see if there is enough interest for the festival to return in 2020. (Andrew Bailey / Westerly News)
Mainroad operations manager, Dale Martin, left, and general manager Rick Gill are bringing heavy duty snow removal equipment to the West Coast after receiving a 10-year maintenance contract for Hwy. 4. (Mainroad Photo)

Mainroad awarded 10-year maintenance contract for Tofino-Ucluelet Hwy. 4

See an issue on the highway? Report it to the Mainroad 24-hour hotline: 1-877-215-6006.

Mainroad operations manager, Dale Martin, left, and general manager Rick Gill are bringing heavy duty snow removal equipment to the West Coast after receiving a 10-year maintenance contract for Hwy. 4. (Mainroad Photo)
Oregon surfer Deklyn Wood cross-steps on his longboard during day one of the 17th Clean Water Classic in Westport, Washington. The annual event is a fundraiser and all ages fun surf event for the Surfrider chapters along the Cascadia Coast. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)

Tofino-Ucluelet surfers conquer 17th annual Surfrider Clean Water Classic

Contest cancelled halfway through day one due to big waves and strong wind.

Oregon surfer Deklyn Wood cross-steps on his longboard during day one of the 17th Clean Water Classic in Westport, Washington. The annual event is a fundraiser and all ages fun surf event for the Surfrider chapters along the Cascadia Coast. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)
Day shift workers Daniel Suarez, Joseva Raiwako, and Mukesh Prakash sort Hake at the Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods (UHS) fish plant. UHS processes roughly 500,000 pounds of hake per day, and according to management, could process more if they had the labourers. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

West Coast sailing rough employment seas to help fish processing thrive

Big Read: Fish processors casting a wide net to overcome employment challenges

Day shift workers Daniel Suarez, Joseva Raiwako, and Mukesh Prakash sort Hake at the Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods (UHS) fish plant. UHS processes roughly 500,000 pounds of hake per day, and according to management, could process more if they had the labourers. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Endangered Leatherback Turtle spotted near Vancouver Island

Endangered Leatherback Turtle spotted near Vancouver Island

The rare moment was captured by Jeremy Koreski and former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Willie Mitchell

Endangered Leatherback Turtle spotted near Vancouver Island
Tofino RCMP say a woman was assaulted and robbed on Tofino’s multi-use path, north of Yew Wood Road in the 900 block of Campbell Street, late Sunday evening. (Westerly File Photo)

Woman mugged and left unconscious on Tofino public path

RCMP appeal for public assistance after woman attacked from behind and robbed

Tofino RCMP say a woman was assaulted and robbed on Tofino’s multi-use path, north of Yew Wood Road in the 900 block of Campbell Street, late Sunday evening. (Westerly File Photo)