A Note From Charles - September 2023

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Charles McDiarmid
By Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director
Newsletters29 September 2023


The first large swells surge in October, signaling the arrival of what is largely considered to be prime surf season here in Tofino. The fall season brings a lineup of exciting local surf events, including the Queen of the Peak.

Founded by Surf Sister and Shelter Restaurant in 2010, this event sees surf enthusiasts from all over come together in a supportive community environment to celebrate their love for the sport. Tofino is home to an incredible amount of female surf talent, and this is the weekend to showcase it. We have been a proud lead sponsor since Queen of the Peak’s inception and look forward to it year after year. Be sure to come to watch the events if you are in town this weekend.

Speaking of talent, in order to deliver world-class experiences for our guests, we gratefully draw from an international pool, with team members from all across Canada and around the globe, including among many others India, France, UK, Brazil, Jamaica, and Kenya. We value this diversity tremendously, with each person bringing their unique perspectives, experiences, and stories to the Inn. We recognize that in order to attract the best of the best to our corner of Vancouver Island, we need to go above and beyond for our people as well.

We currently manage over 100 staff housing beds and are investing in building four carriage-house cottages within easy walking distance of the Inn and the beach, two of which will be completed by the end of October. These three-bedroom, 1,300 square-foot cottages are designed to be highly energy efficient, very comfortable and constructed to the highest standards by local tradespeople. Just as we did when building the Inn, we have situated each structure to minimize their environmental impact within each structure's footprint. As we maintain our commitment to delivering exceptional service, we will continue to provide for our team by pursuing a twenty-five-bed purpose-built staff housing unit as our next project. More on this to come!

Sea Lion
Craig Benson's Sea Lion by Caitlin Ronda

Vancouver Island is also brimming with artistic talent, and we are proud to showcase pieces by local artists throughout the Inn. In fact, our very first piece of art, a beautiful stone carving of a sea lion which resides in The Pointe Building lobby, was masterfully crafted by Victoria carver Craig Benson. Currently featured at our Henry Nolla Gallery are the works of Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett. Her paintings have a strong sense of place, drawing inspiration from her hiking, kayaking, and camping trips throughout BC. These, and many other works of art, can be enjoyed in the Henry Nolla gallery and throughout the Inn should you visit us this fall.

On behalf of myself and our team, we wish you a wonderful start to autumn and hope to welcome you to the Inn for a visit soon.



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