Tofino 2019: A Year in Review

As the year comes to an end and we look forward to the year 2020 (like, woah), the team at Tofino Resort + Marina wants to play up that theme of perfect vision. As such, we’ve peered back at the year’s events and compiled a short list of our favourites, so that the next 12 months are amazing. As a wise philosopher (Kierkegaard) once said “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Let’s enjoy the past year and make plans for a radical 2020.

Jesse Roper Rocks the Resort

Let’s be honest: Catchella Festival was unbelievably, incredibly fun. Tofino rains met hardy partiers under the tents in Tofino Resort + Marina’s courtyard, but Vancouver Island’s prince of rock and blues made sure everyone stayed happy. Jesse Roper is a show that should not be missed and he proved it this night at the Race for the Blue wrap up party. Did you miss it? Fear not. Roper returns New Years Eve at Tofino Resort + Marina alongside Dirty Radio and bunch of killer DJS. The night wraps up with a bangin’ fireworks show to ring in the new year.

Chef Paul Moran Wins Top Chef Canada

Was it all a dream? Our very own Chef Paul Moran traveled to the Big Smoke to take on the nation’s best chefs on Top Chef Canada. On a balmy, beautiful May night, we gathered to watch the final episode. It came down to Moran and his old buddy Phil Scarfone of Nightingale Vancouver (one of the first Tofino Eats Chef Series participants). Moran took home to top prize and we popped the bubbly, slurped oysters, and stayed up way too late celebrating The Good Chef’s hard work and talent. Congratulations again, Paul. You deserve it.

Canada D’eh

The Great White North is more green and blue in our neck of the woods, but we are still red and white, through and through. This past Canada Day, The Hatch Waterfront Pub rocked the colours of our country, and put on a show that rocked the house even harder. Chef Paul Moran even created some Canada-infused patriotic flavours like the Canadian pizza. Think maple bacon sausage, onion, green peppers, mushroom, white sauce, and three cheeses. We will do it again next year, so make a plan to celebrate all things Canadian with us in July. It’s a good time to see Tofino in all her glory.

The Rip Curl Pro Canadian Surfing Nationals

Surfing is a key activity in Tofino and we love supporting the always-raucous Rip Curl Pro every May. This year, we kicked off a good time with an event that crowned the Canadian Surf Photo Of The Year at The Hatch Waterfront Pub. Vince Vaccaro rocked the crowd. And we danced…

Tofino Eats Chef Series

From a brilliant Foragers Dinner with Paul Moran to the ultra popular sushi extravaganza with world renowned sushi Chef Tojo, once again we put on a host of culinary events that helped elevate Tofino further in the world of chefs. Chef Mariana Gabilondo of La Mezcaleria came, and even Alex Chen paid us a visit to show off his skills. It was yet another year full of good food at 1909 Kitchen. We wonder what 2020 will bring? All we know right now is that it will surprise and delight the taste buds.

Fish for the Future Fund

When you love your backyard as much as we do, you do what you can to protect it. This year, we took Fish for the Future—our marquee catch-and-release, family-focused fishing event—and turned it into a fund that aims to safeguard wild salmon in Clayoquot Sound. Working with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, we raised over $55,000 to put towards habitat restoration and other important wild salmon initiatives. The fishing event will continue, of course, but next year we aim to raise even more money. We’re only getting started.