Nora O'Malley

Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Marine activities open with COVID-19 measures

“I’m just happy to get back on the water.”

Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19 the final cut for longtime Tofino hair studio

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Clinical counsellor Tara Souch stretches before her morning run, a practice she took up when the pandemic closed studios and gyms. (Submitted photo)

Pacific Rim Hospice Society gifting free wellness “check-ins” to all West Coast residents

“This pandemic has led to a lot of isolation and it’s helpful for anybody just to have a soundboard.”

Clinical counsellor Tara Souch stretches before her morning run, a practice she took up when the pandemic closed studios and gyms. (Submitted photo)
In this past and present photo, an interesting seaplane docks near the fishing boats at the Government Wharf as a curious crowd looks on. The Royal Canadian Air Force set up a seaplane base in Ucluelet during the Second World War. (Ucluelet and Area Historical Society & On This Spot Enterprises photo)

Stroll through Ucluelet’s history with the free ‘On This Spot’ app

Educational exercise is split into two unique tours and delivered with stunning ‘now and then’ photos

In this past and present photo, an interesting seaplane docks near the fishing boats at the Government Wharf as a curious crowd looks on. The Royal Canadian Air Force set up a seaplane base in Ucluelet during the Second World War. (Ucluelet and Area Historical Society & On This Spot Enterprises photo)
An artist rendering of the Ucluelet Secondary School from the corner of Peninsula and Matterson. (M3 Architecture Inc. image)

Construction work begins on seismic upgrades at Ucluelet Secondary School

The first phase of the $45 million project involves levelling an area for the new academic block

An artist rendering of the Ucluelet Secondary School from the corner of Peninsula and Matterson. (M3 Architecture Inc. image)
UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)

Ucluelet fish plant looking to fill 100 jobs

Firm’s first choice is employ locals, but process already underway for foreign workers to fill spots

UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)
Summit Bread Co. owner Brendan Foell, left, with crew member Vince Cherlet are “still rocking until the wheels fall off…”; selling handcrafted bread and pastries on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino businesses grapple with what’s to come in a summer without tourists

“We are not going to be as busy as we were. People aren’t going to travel like there were.”

Summit Bread Co. owner Brendan Foell, left, with crew member Vince Cherlet are “still rocking until the wheels fall off…”; selling handcrafted bread and pastries on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)

Ucluelet’s major fish processing plant cautiously re-opens

Plant and transport safety precautions established to limit chances of COVID-19

Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)
Chef Dustin Riley nurses a cold can of Lucky Lager in his empty Ucluelet restaurant ‘The Blue Room’ over Easter long weekend. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Sinking Vancouver Island small businesses say aid package too little, too late

Rent abatement and cash up front is needed, say owners

Chef Dustin Riley nurses a cold can of Lucky Lager in his empty Ucluelet restaurant ‘The Blue Room’ over Easter long weekend. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Toquaht chief Anne Mack addresses the crowd at a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Secret Beach Marina last June. (Westerly file photo)

Vancouver Island West Coast First Nations giving emergency cash benefit to members

‘One of the things the government wants to do is ensure the needs of the people are met’

Toquaht chief Anne Mack addresses the crowd at a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Secret Beach Marina last June. (Westerly file photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, with two Indigenous neighbourhoods located on Long Beach, has restricted access to residents only. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, with two Indigenous neighbourhoods located on Long Beach, has restricted access to residents only. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Tofino General Hospital on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Tofino’s top doctor makes urgent appeal to new visitors

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and City of Port Alberni unite with West Coast communities.

The Tofino General Hospital on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)
By order of the Prime Minister, Parks Canada closed beaches and public facilities in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve this week in effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Ucluelet calls on visitors to postpone trips to the West Coast

“We recommend you delay your holidays until further notice.”

By order of the Prime Minister, Parks Canada closed beaches and public facilities in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve this week in effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. (Nora O’Malley photo)
This traditional Nuu-chah-nulth totem pole carved by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe David can be viewed at Tofino’s Anchor Park. (Westerly file photo)

COVID-19: Tofino asks visitors to postpone trips, return home

“For now, please enjoy Tofino vicariously through images and your memories of past visits.”

This traditional Nuu-chah-nulth totem pole carved by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe David can be viewed at Tofino’s Anchor Park. (Westerly file photo)
A wave breaks in front of Ucluelet’s Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. (Black Rock photo)

COVID-19: Ucluelet’s Black Rock Oceanfront Resort implements full closure

Wickaninnish Inn temporarily closes its doors to new arrivals and The Cabins closes for 30 days.

A wave breaks in front of Ucluelet’s Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. (Black Rock photo)
Members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation talk with Port Alberni RCMP on March 17 at Sutton Pass along Highway 4. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations members stop visitors en route to Tofino and Ucluelet

Group at Sutton Pass not preventing traffic from coming in, but convincing some to turn around

Members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation talk with Port Alberni RCMP on March 17 at Sutton Pass along Highway 4. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Victoria-based demonstrator Abby Maxwell paints the words ‘Respect Wet’suwet’en Law’ on a banner destined for the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction signpost. Local First Nations and supporters occupied the Junction on March 8 for 24-hours. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Victoria-based demonstrator Abby Maxwell paints the words ‘Respect Wet’suwet’en Law’ on a banner destined for the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction signpost. Local First Nations and supporters occupied the Junction on March 8 for 24-hours. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Elected Tla-o-qui-aht councillor Terry Dorward leads a Feb. 10 solidarity march for Wet’suwet’en in Tofino. (Ian Ferreira photo)

Island First Nations councillor says ‘Hereditary chiefs have the ultimate power’

Ahousaht future hereditary chief Jaiden George explains Indigenous governance.

Elected Tla-o-qui-aht councillor Terry Dorward leads a Feb. 10 solidarity march for Wet’suwet’en in Tofino. (Ian Ferreira photo)
Tofino Poet Laureate Joanna Streetly holds a copy of her new historical album ‘Before the Road.’ (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino author’s new book reflects on life before Highway 4 ever existed

Poetry, stories and photos capture the roots of Tofino and Ucluelet

Tofino Poet Laureate Joanna Streetly holds a copy of her new historical album ‘Before the Road.’ (Nora O’Malley photo)
President of Whistle! Dylan Green hopes his new ridesharing service will help solve some of the Coast’s transportation issues. (Kyler Vos photo)

B.C.’s first ride-hailing app to launch in Tofino, Whistler in February

The Whistle! app will be available in Tofino on Feb.1 and in Whistler Feb. 6.

President of Whistle! Dylan Green hopes his new ridesharing service will help solve some of the Coast’s transportation issues. (Kyler Vos photo)