Tofino Local Profile: Mathieu Amin, Florist
You can see Mathieu’s popular floral displays in hotels and restaurants all over Tofino, but especially here at the Inn. His flowers decorate the Ancient Cedars Spa, The Pointe Restaurant, Driftwood Café and, most dramatically, the lobby of the Pointe Building. “I love the way the doors open to showcase the bouquets with the ocean view behind,” he says.
Although Mathieu has loved flowers all his life, it wasn’t his first career. He was a construction worker in Montreal until a wrist injury forced him to put away his safety hat and work boots. Then six years ago, his cousin convinced him to leave the concrete and noise of big city life for tiny, tranquil Tofino, where he rediscovered his love of plant life when he began working at Crab Apple Floral Design. When the shop came up for sale, Mathieu jumped at the chance to purchase the business.
He loves his new home. Tofino is fantastic, beautiful and romantic, he says. The people are “chill.” The backdrops are magical. And the surrounding forests are lush with beautiful wild greenery that he can use in almost everything he creates. “Other florists across North America have to buy the greenery I can pick by hand every day, like salal, sword fern, deer fern and cynamoka,” says Mathieu, who also enjoys working with roses, peonies, garden flowers and succulents.
Not surprisingly, in a place as romantic as Tofino, weddings are big business for a florist. In fact, there are so many elopements and spontaneous weddings here that Mathieu is always ready (and delighted) to design a bridal bouquet at a moment’s notice. “Everything here screams romance,” he says. “Long beach walks, stunning sunsets, fireplaces . . . Romance is a no brainer in Tofino.”