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A Note From Charles October 2016

October kicked off with one of my favourite events – a surf contest!  Queen of the Peak was born from the need for a positive, professional event with a serious side to inspire and challenge female surfers. And inspiring they are!  In seven years, this homegrown event has gone from 40 entrants and a couple of tents on the beach to attracting over 100 surfers from as far south as California and as far east as Nova Scotia. As Krissy Montgomery, owner of Surf Sister and co-founder of the event, states “We want to defend our local title as Queen of the Peak, but having these professional ladies come share the lineup with us shows us what’s possible, and makes us even more determined to up our game!”

Embracing opportunities is what fuels the entrepreneurial spirit of Tofino, where in a town of 2,000, there are over 500 business licenses issued. I’m so happy to see another family-run business, the Browning Passage, expand their fleet as Mike White’s daughter Lynn joins him in delivering a true Clayoquot Sound experience to guests from around the world, but more on that later...

Though the town  may be a little quieter than in the height of summer there is still plenty happening in and around the Inn and throughout the region. For example , this year, the first ever Clayoquot Salmon Festival runs from October 12th to 19th with a series of educational talks and films celebrating the return of salmon to their river runs for spawning. Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner October 7th-10th, and Chef Barr is preparing some heart-warming dishes for the holiday. Our new Fall Menu for The Pointe Restaurant just launched and is full of comforting tastes! We are also extremely excited to welcome Chef Francis Wolf of top-rated Manoir Hovey to the Inn October 21st – 23rd for a weekend of foraging, gin tasting and, of course, a dining experience to be remembered.

October seems to be a bridging month, as our famous Endless Summer days are winding down, we begin to relish with anticipation the teasing reminders of storms to follow. Fires are lit, families come together around the table, and the pace of life moves into one of regular routine and appreciation for the quieter times.  As I think on the growth in our community with inspiring events, entrepreneurship and the ever developing culinary scene, I am thankful to you for joining us on the journey. We hope to welcome you back soon!

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