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20th Edge to Edge half marathon winner Tom Morrison reaches for a cup of water during Sunday’s downpour. Morrison said the race was “type two fun”: not fun at the time, but fun to talk about after. (Douglas Ludwig Photo)

Runners brave wet, windy weather for Ucluelet’s 20th Edge to Edge

“The spirit of the runners I have nothing but compliments.”

20th Edge to Edge half marathon winner Tom Morrison reaches for a cup of water during Sunday’s downpour. Morrison said the race was “type two fun”: not fun at the time, but fun to talk about after. (Douglas Ludwig Photo)
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)
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)

Cougar advisory issued for Hot Springs Cove near Tofino

“I’ve met wolves and I’ve seen bears, but never have I seen a cougar before.”

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

Film features Chez Monique, an off-the-grid restaurant on West Coast Trail in B.C.

“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)
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)
At about 6 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 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)
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)
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)
Goodbye Greyhound, Aloha Box by Bus. (Tofino Bus Photo)

Tofino Bus launches shipping service to replace Greyhound across Vancouver Island

Affordable, same day and next day freight options are available as Greyhoubd Package Express ends

Goodbye Greyhound, Aloha Box by Bus. (Tofino Bus Photo)
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 locals stand in solidarity on July 31 at Cox Bay Beach against the purchase and construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

VIDEO: Pipeline protest outside Justin Trudeau’s B.C. vacation rental

Residents of Tofino voice their opposition to the federal government’s Kinder Morgan pipeline purchase

Tofino locals stand in solidarity on July 31 at Cox Bay Beach against the purchase and construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Photo Credit: Gunter Kihpard / Area28.de
Photo Credit: Gunter Kihpard / Area28.de
MP Fin Donnelly proposed a bill to get open-net fish farms, like the one pictured above located in Clayoquot Sound, out of the ocean and onto land. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Fisheries critic MP Fin Donnelly calls for land-based fish farms

Spokesperson for BC Salmon Farming Association says the move would put the industry out of business.

MP Fin Donnelly proposed a bill to get open-net fish farms, like the one pictured above located in Clayoquot Sound, out of the ocean and onto land. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Aeriosa’s artist director Julia Taffe, left, forms a heart shape with James Koshiba from Hawaii. The aerial dance company hosted a three-day tree dancing workshop around North Chesterman Beach in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

VIDEO: Tree dancing in a Vancouver Island Sitka spruce

Aeriosa Vertical Dance soars with nature.

Aeriosa’s artist director Julia Taffe, left, forms a heart shape with James Koshiba from Hawaii. The aerial dance company hosted a three-day tree dancing workshop around North Chesterman Beach in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Could Vancouver Island be the site of a future LNG export facility?

Could Vancouver Island be the site of a future LNG export facility?

Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation provided an update on the $10 billion development

Could Vancouver Island be the site of a future LNG export facility?
Members of the Ucluelet Secondary School Surfrider Youth Club enjoyed a team building surf session at North Chesterman Beach on March 14. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)

Meet Canada’s first Surfrider Youth Club

Ucluelet Secondary School students raise awareness about protecting the environment

Members of the Ucluelet Secondary School Surfrider Youth Club enjoyed a team building surf session at North Chesterman Beach on March 14. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)
Mike Dickie with his granddaughter Samantha Louise Thomas who died of a fentanyl overdose on Jan. 13, 2018. (Photo provided by Mike Dickie)

Vancouver woman, 26, dies after consuming pill cut with cocaine and fentanyl

Grandfather says anyone who takes recreational drugs is playing Russian roulette.

Mike Dickie with his granddaughter Samantha Louise Thomas who died of a fentanyl overdose on Jan. 13, 2018. (Photo provided by Mike Dickie)