by Amanda Kahn
The Tides & Trails Market, the shop on the east side of Bamfield inlet (same side as the marine station), is under new ownership. The Huu-ay-aht First Nations have purchased it and the cafe next to it. The market carries a lot of fresh produce and is a convenient walk from the marine station. It is also the first property in Bamfield purchased by the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, though they run other businesses such as the Pachena Bay Campground and in forestry. I stopped in at the cafe this summer and the burger was tasty (and the fries were delicious!). They serve daily specials that are sometimes so local that they’ve come right off of someone’s fishing boat. Read more about the new ownership (as of April 2013) and check out the Tides & Trails Market and/or the cafe if you need groceries or a warm meal cooked by someone other-than-yourself while doing your research in Bamfield.