A Note From Charles - June 2023

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Charles McDiarmid
By Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director
Newsletters23 June 2023


Summer solstice ticked by as the longest day of the year passed as quickly as it came around. This time of year always feels particularly special, the vast daylight hours extending ample invitations for a run at 6 am or a round of golf in the evening. Summer also inspires long strolls on the beach, a cathartic activity no matter the time of day. In the late evenings, be sure to look up to be treated to an abundance of stars speckled across the sky on a clear night.

When visiting Tofino, be sure to immerse yourself in the unique West Coast environment with Long Beach Nature Tours. Here at the Inn, we offer our guests complimentary guided walks on our Rainforest Beach loop trail with one of their naturalists on Wednesdays and Saturdays as an introduction to the local flora and fauna and the incredible synergy between forest and marine ecosystems. If an active adventure is on the docket during your stay, they also host a range of private and group hiking, biking, and flyfishing tours for every explorer’s taste.

Lengthy days brimming with activities are best tackled well-fueled. Our Driftwood Café is a cozy spot to kick off your day with a cup of coffee inside or on our outdoor patio overlooking Chesterman Beach or take a sandwich and snack to-go for an al fresco option on the beach itself. The doors are open from 7 am in June and 6:30 am in July and August. Should you be in the mood for a sit-down meal overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean, The Pointe Restaurant is also open every day for brunch or dinner and now accepts online reservations for dinner.

The constantly evolving menus at The Pointe Restaurant spotlight ingredients at the height of their season. You are likely to experience something new each time you visit. In June, we see elderflower blossoms growing locally, which we accumulate in large amounts to preserve in various ways for the season ahead. A sneak peek from our wonderful kitchen team, one of our featured dishes on the menu for June is a Roasted Pork Jowl & Collar. Chef Clayton and his talented team serve these flavourful cuts with puréed smoked mussels from Salt Spring Island alongside sharp notes of apple and the floral characteristics of elderflower blossoms to balance the richness of this dish. Should you find yourself staying with us this month, I highly recommend this dish, along with many other local seafood options as well.

For those who weren’t aware, we recently experienced a temporary road closure. We are pleased to share that the primary route to and from Tofino, via Highway 4, has now reopened with a short length of single-lane alternating traffic. A huge thank you to our regular suppliers who continued to provide our essentials through an alternate route and all those who worked hard to get the road back open. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our clear and warm summer days that have just arrived.

If arriving by air should appeal to you, there are not one but two scheduled flight providers, Pacific Coastal Airlines and Harbour Air, with which to enjoy a quick and scenic flight to our little West Coast haven via our nearby airport or our float plane harbour, respectively.

With warmest wishes that these summer days are finding you well, we hope to see you at the Inn soon.


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