An emerging ecotourism destination in B.C., the small coastal town of Tahsis is well known for its sport fishing and community spirit. (File photo/Campbell River Mirror)

An emerging ecotourism destination in B.C., the small coastal town of Tahsis is well known for its sport fishing and community spirit. (File photo/Campbell River Mirror)

Island mayor confident of small community’s ‘resilience’ in ‘trial’

The mayor of Tahsis believes that nothing can dampen the spirit of this ‘strong’ community as it heads towards its 50th anniversary

Tahsis is no stranger to adversity said mayor Martin Davis, calling the current COVID-19 crisis yet “another trial” in the history of the village’s encounter with challenges.

Davis is confident that the “small but resilient population” of Tahsis will overcome all the hurdles that will come its way.

This June, Tahsis was to celebrate its 50th anniversary since incorporation in 1970. However, all celebratory activities had to be put on hold until the situation normalizes.

“We have been dealing with adversity ever since the mill’s shutdown 20 years ago and this is just another trial,” said Davis.

While the economy of Tahsis was predominantly dependent on forestry until the mill shut down in 2001, it slowly started building its focus on ecotourism and sport fishing.

Tahsis, like most coastal communities in the west coast of the Island, witnesses a spike in economic activity during summer. Between May to August, the village with a population of around 300 to 350 sees the number go up to 1,500 as temporary residents, usually Americans, come in to enjoy fishing.

This year, with travel restrictions still in place, it remains to be seen if Tahsis’ economy will be affected.

“Economically, there hasn’t been much change yet, but with the tourist season coming, the real issues will surface if travel is still discouraged,” said Davis.

However, under current circumstances, the mayor is strict about visitors keeping away from Tahsis. He was one of the signatories among the list of mayors from Vancouver Island who voiced concerns about visitors travelling via ferry to visit the Island over the Easter weekend.

READ MORE: Tahsis ‘all in’ on social distancing, so village asks you to stay out

“Our biggest concern is protecting our seniors from the virus,” said Davis who is active on social media, alerting community members about provincial protocols and, at the same time, also advising people about the latest resources and benefits that have been made available by the government.

With COVID-19 protocol in place throughout Tahsis, all local businesses, schools and residents have found ways to work around the issue. To help the underemployed people in town and seniors with fixed incomes, the village has a subsidized food distribution program called the Good Food Box that brings in food to town.

Tahsis residents have also been active in implementing sustainable solutions at a community level.

“There has been a big uptick in interest in growing food locally and more people are planting their own gardens as well,” said Davis crediting this as another example of resiliency.

At the same time the mayor also said that the council will soon also begin exploring options regarding financial relief with property tax for its residents.

CommunityCoronavirus

Just Posted

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk. Photo contributed
COMMENTARY: MLA Michele Babchuk talks the future of forestry

‘These forests are important to every single one of us, myself included’

Dr. Prean Armogam hands over a cheque for $10,000 to Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society president Rosaline Glynn. The money will be going towards a new roof for the Port Hardy seniors centre. This is the second donation Dr. Armogam has made to the society, giving them $5,000 a little over a year ago. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Doctor donates $10k to Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society for new roof

This was the second donation Armogam has given to the society

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of May 30-June 5. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
COVID-19 cases drop again almost everywhere on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo had four new cases last week, down from 22 the week before

Blueprints for the seniors housing project in Port Hardy. (North Island Seniors Housing Foundation photo)
BC Housing declines North Island Seniors Housing Foundation’s proposal to build units

BC Housing will be explaining why exactly the project was declined at a June 18 meeting

An aerial view of the marine oil-spill near Bligh Island in Nootka sound that the Canadian Coast Guard posted in a live social media feed in December. ( Canadian Coast Guard/Facebook)
Oil from vessel that sank in 1968 off Vancouver Island to be removed

DFO hires Florida firm to carefully remove oil from MV Schiedyk in Nootka Sound starting in mid-June

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read