3rd Annual Westcoast Maritime Festival: September 22 & 23, 2007
by David W. Griffiths, Tofino
The Tonquin Foundation's 3rd Annual Westcoast Maritime Festival kicks off at 6pm on Friday September 21st with the ever-popular "Magical History Tour" and Dinner Cruise out into Clayoquot Sound.
Join local historians and First Nations storytellers for a fully interpreted voyage into the region's rich history and enjoy a sumptuous feast provided by some of the finest local eateries.
Tickets are $75each and include the tour, dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks and are available from Storm Light Outfitters, 390 Main Street: 725 3342.
On Saturday the 22nd push out the boat with Ron Burchett and crew's Traveling Miniature Boat Show, featuring state-of-the-art radio-controlled models of almost every watercraft imaginable. Try your hand at setting a seine or towing a boom at the model boat pond on the Village Green from 10am to 4pm.
Listen for the thunder of a 442 Squadron Search & Rescue Cormorant Helicopter as it circles the town and lands on the Wickaninnish School ball-field for static tours between 11am and noon and witness an amazing display of precision flight and rescue techniques, along with Tofino Coastguard's lifeboat Cape Ann, off the First Street Dock between noon and 1pm.
Dust off your sabre and pull on your dancing shoes for a Pirate-Themed Dance at the Tofino Legion featuring the Bottomfeeders. Pirate costumes encouraged, with prizes and a good time guaranteed for all. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $15 apiece and available at the Legion door or in advance from Storm Light Outfitters, 390 Main Street: 725 3342.
At 9am on Sunday the 23rd kids between 9 and 13 get a chance to journey out into the Sound aboard Traditional
Tla-o-qui-aht Canoes. Paddle back in time with Tlaook Cultural Adventures and the Nisma Project's knowledgeable guides. Individuals and businesses are invited to sponsor children for this exciting adventure.
For sponsorship information and registration contact
the Tonquin Foundation at
Ever wondered what goes on down at the Tofino Coastguard base? Well, between noon and 3pm is your chance to find out with an Open House at the Lifeboat Station, Tours of Coastguard Vessels and Aircraft and Free Hot Dogs and Drinks for all.
A number of other events are in the works including a Working Boat Parade, free introduction to Scuba Diving and Kayaking and a couple of surprises are still in store.
For updated scheduling information check out the Tonquin Foundation's website at www.tonquinfoundation.org and keep your weather eye out for updates and announcements.
The Tofino Maritime Festival takes place on September 22 & 23, 2007 in Tofino and on the water of Clayoquot Sound.