Bamfield

The Sarita Estuary sits at the heart of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ ḥahuułi (traditional territory) and has been a source of food, transportation and cultural value to the nations for generations. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Island First Nation mostly agrees to B.C. plan for old growth logging deferral

Huu-ay-aht will defer 96 per cent of plan, 33 percent of its territory made up of old growth forests

 

Port Alberni RCMP responded to a fatal collision on Bamfield Road on Oct. 24. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Deadly Bamfield road claims another victim a week after safety improvements begin

One killed, three others taken to hospital in early morning crash

 

Officials from Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Mosaic Forest Management, Tseshaht First Nation join Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns and Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne for the official groundbreaking for the Bamfield Main Road resurfacing project, Oct. 18, 2021 at Blenheim Pit. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)

$31M Bamfield Road project breaks new ground for First Nation, Province of B.C.

Huu-ay-aht First Nations the first Indigenous community to lead major infrastructure project

  • Oct 25, 2021

 

Greg Willmon, left, from Devon Transport Ltd. of Nanaimo meets with Mike Surrell to talk about the transfer of ownership of Lady Rose Marine Services to Willmon and his partner Barrie Rogers. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

New owner says ‘business as usual’ for marine service to Bamfield

Greg Willmon said decision to purchase ailing Lady Rose Marine Services was easy

Greg Willmon, left, from Devon Transport Ltd. of Nanaimo meets with Mike Surrell to talk about the transfer of ownership of Lady Rose Marine Services to Willmon and his partner Barrie Rogers. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The MV Frances Barkley can be seen in the harbour in Bamfield in this undated photo. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

New owners rescue Lady Rose Marine Services

Marine passenger and cargo service will continue between Port Alberni, Bamfield

The MV Frances Barkley can be seen in the harbour in Bamfield in this undated photo. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The MV Frances Barkley returns to Port Alberni from Bamfield on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The ship’s owners announced the final sailing for the company will be on Aug. 31, 2021. All sailings are fully booked. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

ACRD gathers stakeholders to talk future of Lady Rose Marine Services

Bamfield residents concerned that passenger, cargo service will cease operation

The MV Frances Barkley returns to Port Alberni from Bamfield on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The ship’s owners announced the final sailing for the company will be on Aug. 31, 2021. All sailings are fully booked. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The 72-metre cable repair ship IT Integrity docks at Port Alberni Terminals’ Berth 2 on Aug. 5, 2021, waiting for an assignment. The ship arrived in Port Alberni from Halifax in early July. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

New fibre-optic cable being laid in waters off Port Alberni could be for Google

Google Canada listed as proponent of project, using new Shaw Communications building

The 72-metre cable repair ship IT Integrity docks at Port Alberni Terminals’ Berth 2 on Aug. 5, 2021, waiting for an assignment. The ship arrived in Port Alberni from Halifax in early July. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Mike Surrell of Lady Rose Marine Services purchased the MV Tenaka from BC Ferries in 2016 to add a second vessel to his passenger and freight service in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO

End of an era for Vancouver Island as Lady Rose Marine Services announces closing

Final voyage between Port Alberni and Bamfield scheduled for Aug. 31

Mike Surrell of Lady Rose Marine Services purchased the MV Tenaka from BC Ferries in 2016 to add a second vessel to his passenger and freight service in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Hereditary Chief Derek Peters said he appreciates the care and protection of the nations’ cultural treasures, and that it is time they return home. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)

Huu-ay-aht plans repatriation of Royal BC Museum treasures

“We are just scratching the surface of reconciliation by bringing some of our treasures home.”

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Hereditary Chief Derek Peters said he appreciates the care and protection of the nations’ cultural treasures, and that it is time they return home. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)
A map of Huu-ay-aht-owned forestry cutblock. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Island First Nations restrict access to territory in wake of forestry standoffs

Huu-ay-aht set up checkpoints after heated and dangerous incidents on southwest Vancouver Island

A map of Huu-ay-aht-owned forestry cutblock. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr. addresses the HFN’s new agreement with Western Forest Products at a press conference in 2018 at Pacific Coast University in Port Alberni. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

West Coast First Nation makes $22.4M investment into traditional territory tree farm

Huu-ay-aht First Nations acquire another portion of TFL 44 from Western Forest Products

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr. addresses the HFN’s new agreement with Western Forest Products at a press conference in 2018 at Pacific Coast University in Port Alberni. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Babe Gunn receives a bouquet of flowers during the unveiling ceremony for ‘Our Rugged Returning Salmon,’ her commissioned sculpture in the fountain at Harbour Quay, May 23, 1992. (PHOTO COURTESY COMIS FAMILY)

Babe Gunn’s legacy is carved in stone

The Port Alberni woman also known as Priscilla Comis will be remembered for much more

Babe Gunn receives a bouquet of flowers during the unveiling ceremony for ‘Our Rugged Returning Salmon,’ her commissioned sculpture in the fountain at Harbour Quay, May 23, 1992. (PHOTO COURTESY COMIS FAMILY)
The sun shines on Pachena Beach on Vancouver Island’s west coast. The Huu-ay-aht First Nations have plans to expand the Pachena Campground in 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY HEATHER THOMSON)

Huu-ay-aht First Nations receive $510K to expand Pachena Bay Campground

Grant is part of the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program

The sun shines on Pachena Beach on Vancouver Island’s west coast. The Huu-ay-aht First Nations have plans to expand the Pachena Campground in 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY HEATHER THOMSON)
A passenger bus involved in an accident along a logging road Friday night is carried from the crash scene by a tow-truck near Bamfield, B.C. on Saturday, September 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Coroner says lack of seatbelts a factor in fatal Bamfield Road UVic bus crash

2019 rollover killed 18-year-old students John Geerdes and Emma Machado during field trip

A passenger bus involved in an accident along a logging road Friday night is carried from the crash scene by a tow-truck near Bamfield, B.C. on Saturday, September 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Construction takes place on Bamfield Main in early February 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS)

Ongoing Bamfield roadwork unrelated to planned $30M fix

Construction by Mosaic unrelated to $30M upgrade ordered in wake of fatal bus crash

Construction takes place on Bamfield Main in early February 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: It’s time to move on Bamfield Road project

Residents are tired of their pleas being ignored, like they have been for the past two decades

  • Sep 27, 2020
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)

Opinion: Reconciliation is only as strong as its partnerships

Bamfield Road deal is an ideal example of the province working with First Nations

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)
The bus involved in a crash on Bamfield Road on Friday, Sept. 13 is towed away from the scene. PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS VANCOUVER ISLAND

$30M plan announced to make Bamfield Road safer

Gov’t announcement comes as first anniversary of UVic student deaths approaches

The bus involved in a crash on Bamfield Road on Friday, Sept. 13 is towed away from the scene. PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS VANCOUVER ISLAND
A tow-truck crew removes a bus from an embankment next to a logging road near Bamfield, B.C., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Bamfield residents, visitors pressure province as anniversary of fatal crash approaches

Letter-writing campaign makes ‘heartfelt, emotional pleas’ to improve road conditions

A tow-truck crew removes a bus from an embankment next to a logging road near Bamfield, B.C., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Search and rescue crews and RCMP help a tow-truck crew to remove a bus from the ditch of a logging road near Bamfield, B.C., on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Two University of Victoria students died and more than a dozen other people were injured after a bus on its way to a marine research centre rolled over on a narrow gravel road on Vancouver Island on Friday. The incident happened between the communities of Port Alberni and Bamfield, said the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, which received a call for assistance at around 10 p.m. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Bamfield, Anacla deserve safe access road, ombudsperson says

Roger Harris puts responsibility on B.C. government to upgrade road after fatal bus crash

Search and rescue crews and RCMP help a tow-truck crew to remove a bus from the ditch of a logging road near Bamfield, B.C., on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Two University of Victoria students died and more than a dozen other people were injured after a bus on its way to a marine research centre rolled over on a narrow gravel road on Vancouver Island on Friday. The incident happened between the communities of Port Alberni and Bamfield, said the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, which received a call for assistance at around 10 p.m. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito