The walk from my house at the top of Fourth Street to the marina at the Shore Building where I keep my boat is only a scant 900 metres and, according to Google Maps, should take roughly eleven minutes to complete. It’s nearly a straight downhill shot, with one left-hand turn required off of Fourth street and onto Main, then a slight deviation to the right, down the ramp and onto the docks where my vessel is slipped. Theoretically, it’s pretty straightforward. But as any Tofino local will tell you - in reality it’s rarely that simple.
As a newly minted grandfather I’ve spent the last few months working on a some essential skills that I believe every grandparent should master. At forty one I’m arguably on the young side for the big G status, sure, but it’s never too early to break in a new pair of shoes and really, do I have a choice?
Unfortunately all of my grandparents passed away while I was still young, and my memory is not what it used to be, so I’m kind of making things up as I go along. I’ve watched a few grandparent-themed movies like On Golden Pond and Grumpier Old Men, and they’ve certainly helped guide the way in terms of fundamentals.
Last night, we presented the Raincoast Education Society with a $35,000 donation to support their mission. We feel strongly about our role as a responsible and contributing member of the community and our environment. We choose to follow a model of restorative tourism that aims past the bottom-line profit motive and is based on community responsibility, environmental stewardship and carbon action.
Ol’ Sherry Anderson wasn’t known for her prowess with a fly rod. Despite the fact that she’d first tried her hand at fly fishing when she was still a freshman in high school, she often felt that she lacked the hand-eye coordination that seemed a fundamental necessity for mastery of the sport. After fifty years of practice her abilities were to be considered only passable, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
Sherry liked to fish, in fact she downright loved it. She fly fished her way through summer camping trips with her dad who, God rest his soul, needed plenty of patience in those early years of teaching. The very first time her father gave her a lesson she succeeded in burying a size #6 Doc Spratley fly so deep into her forehead that her family had to immediately pack up their camp and drive three hours over dilapidated logging roads to the nearest hospital...
On March 10th, Ocean Outfitters hosted it's 3rd annual conservation speaker series where we bring inspiring people to the community to share their stories and images, to remind us what we have, but also what we have to lose.
Ian McAllister is a renowned conservationist and a photo journalist. He co-founded Pacific Wild along with his wife Karen. Pacific Wild is committed to defending wildlife and wildlife habitat on Canada’s Pacific Coast by developing and implementing conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations communities, and scientists.
He has authored and co-authored ten books on the BC coast and is currently directing a large screen IMAX film on the Great Bear Rainforest. His images have appeared in publications around the world receiving numerous awards. He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the International League of Conservation Photographers. He and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine, "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest.