Tofino’s Canada Day Beer Garden will run under the Village Green’s sun despite the amount of shade council recently threw at it.
The beer garden is a volunteer-run event held in the Green’s basketball courts as a fundraiser for Tofino’s Recreation Commission but, during June 9’s regular council meeting, Coun. Greg Blanchette suggested it is poorly placed in its perch above the annual skateboarding competition.
“Full disclosure: I’m not a beer drinker, so I’m not an attendee of this event and not an appreciator of it but, looking at it from the outside, I find it aesthetically appalling really,” he said.
“I don’t find that to be the kind of festival that we want to encourage here in Tofino, particularly right next to a playground and overlooking a kids’ competition.”
“As a fundraiser it’s got something to recommend it, but as a public spectacle I really don’t much like it.”
Tofino’s manager of community sustainability Aaron Rodgers said last year’s beer garden raised roughly $4,000 and that the proceeds from this year’s sales would go towards the commission’s pursuit of an indoor recreation space.