A Note From Charles - July 2023

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Charles McDiarmid
By Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director
Newsletters29 July 2023


The warm July rays have a way of inspiring delightful cruises on two wheels. I’ve been enjoying riding my bike into town on sunny mornings and feeling invigorated for the rest of the day. Should you be visiting us this summer, our guest bikes are out and ready for you to take exploring. Head into Tofino there is so much to see along the way, or head the other direction on the beautiful new portion of the multi-use trail connecting Tofino to Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park, named ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced: ups-cheek ta-shee and meaning ‘going in the right direction on the trail’).

Summers in Tofino see a number of lively happenings throughout the community. The Tofino Wine and Dine event took place a few weeks ago and was a fun annual gathering to kick off summer. For those who love to cast a line, the Tofino Saltwater Classic takes place every July as well. This event raises funds for a host of Tofino community initiatives with an emphasis on children and youth programs and largely supports the Wickaninnish School’s “Healthy Food Program.” The Tofino Jazz Festival is also a hit for live music lovers, with a mission to introduce youth to jazz and give them opportunities for their first professional experience performing as musicians. Don’t miss the Saturday Market happening in town every weekend all summer to check out all the talented artists and craftspeople we are fortunate to have in our midst. These are well worth putting on your radar for next year should you be planning a trip to visit us!

While there are certainly plenty of activities to keep you on the move in Tofino, the tranquility of our location also invites us to slow down. At the Inn, for the late risers, brunch is served daily in The Pointe Restaurant until 2 pm, so there’s no need to rush your mellow mornings. And for those seeking ultimate rejuvenation, our Ancient Cedars Spa welcomes you to indulge in a signature treatment such as the Ancient Cedars Thermal Mud Treatment or an invigorating massage. A lovely way to cap off a day surfing or hiking!

Taking a peek behind the scenes in the kitchen, the local summer bounty is plentiful. Chef Clayton shares that tomatoes on the Island are some of the best he has tasted in Canada, and he arranged to have an heirloom variety grown for us by Early Girl Farm in Nanaimo. These fruits star in a refreshing tomato salad on the summer menu, alongside Salt Spring Island olive oil, shiso, and a black garlic pannacotta to bring a rich umami characteristic to the dish. Reservations for The Pointe Restaurant can now also be easily made online, and we highly recommend that you book ahead to ensure your preferred spot.

I hope this note finds you well and truly soaking in the fleeting magic of midsummer. We look forward to welcoming you to the Inn soon,


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