Councillor calls Canada Day beer garden “aesthetically appalling”

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.