Fall News 2015

Taku News Fall 2015

Keep in Touch

Dear Elizabeth,

What an amazing summer we had!  It was so wonderful to see our old friends and make so many new ones.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!  Fall is in full swing and we’d love to share it with you.

So Much is Happening on Quadra Island!

The Autumn & Winter are a really special time on Quadra Island: so much great hiking, mushroom picking and even fishing!The Community Market has moved indoors until next summer.  Every second Saturday at the Community Centre, you will find amazing arts and crafts.  Find out more

On the first Saturday of each month you will also find the Local Food Market at the Quadra Island Legion, where local food producers are selling many delicious treats! Find out more

There are outstanding cultural events to check out, the Quadra Island Cultural Committee puts on an amazing lineup of concerts and performances. Performance Details

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to Quadra! Come for the weekend, enjoy all that Quadra has to offer and take in this thrilling festival. Film Festival Info


These are just a few of the fun things you can fill your time with on Quadra Island. Of course you don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to… we have great decks and spectacular views.  You could just relax, recharge and renew with some good friends or a good book.

What’s Cookin’?


Sweet Valentine Getaway

We were really pleased to welcome Chefs David Robertson and Greg Hook returning to teach delicious classes to eager students. Chef John Bishop came and taught an outstanding class as well.  We are working on our upcoming season of classes.  Watch www.takucookery.com to see what we’ve got in store for you!


Take some time for yourself.

Taku is such a peaceful, restorative place, especially so in the Fall & Winter.  Take advantage of our outstanding off-season rates.  Make some time for yourself, book a quiet get away – reconnect and renew!  We are looking forward to welcoming you.

Weekend Getaway Package

Rest in front of the warm fire in your own Beachfront Cabin overlooking the ocean and mountains beyond.  This package includes a $20 voucher for you to enjoy a meal at the Heriot Bay Inn, just down the road.

Package Price: $169/night for two (plus tax)

No minimum night stays valid until Dec. 23rd 2014.
Teacher Appreciation Month

Recognizing the rough start to the school year, we are offering Teachers a break. For the month of March 2015 teachers can enjoy our seasonal rates plus a 30% discount. Based on availability, a 2 night minimum stay and a valid Teacher Card Certificate Verification..

Fei, Lynden, Liz, Rhonda,
and the rest of the Taku Crew

Farewell Sue

Sue G.We had a lot to be thankful for this weekend at Taku Resort and what was on the top of the list was being thankful for all of the years that Sue dedicated to working at Taku.

After a smooth sailing summer, Sue let us know that she and her husband are expanding their own business and she will be dedicating herself to that full time.  We are all very sad to see her leave the Taku team after over a decade.  Always incredibly dependable and very capable whenever she was needed.  You could always count on her greeting you with a smile.

Sue will always be a part of the Taku Team and we all hope that she and Clover will continue to visit.

Cheers to your next adventure Sue!  We will all miss you.

Hiking with kids

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Hiking is an excellent way to get your children engaged in nature and spend some quality family time together.   Hiking with kids can be easy and enjoyable if you are prepared.  We have compiled some tips to help you.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, you will need to add or remove depending on your own needs, but hopefully it will help you get started.

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  • Check the trail map and familiarize yourself with the trail.
  • Check the weather before you go, but remember that the weather can change and the weather forecast isn’t always correct.
  • Check what time the sun sets.  You don’t want to be on the trail in the dark.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Stay on the trails, and make sure your children understand why this important.
  • Appropriate footwear is crucial; closed toe shoes or boots with a good rugged tread are best.
  • Dress in layers.  Cold wet hikers can get grumpy.  Loose and layered clothing make for happy hikers.
  • Have a conversation about safety with your kids before you go.  Explain how important it is to stay together.  Teach them to stay in one spot if they get separated from the group and not to wander around.
  • Each hiker should carry a whistle.  Make kids understand that these are for emergencies only (or you will be listening to a whistle orchestra for a large part of your hike) and not to “Cry Wolf” and blow the whistle unless they are lost.  Three whistle blasts is a standard call for “I need help.”
  • Take snacks and water.  Hungry and thirsty hikers can also be grumpy.  Grumpy hikers are really not fun.
  • Some other items you should take in your daypacks are:  sunscreen, pocketknife, toilet paper,  a compass, a camera and first aid kit.

Have fun & be flexible.  Knowing when to turn around is important, you want to end the hike on a high note, not when everyone is worn out.  Quadra Island is a hiker’s paradise.   Whether you want a meandering stroll to a secluded beach or a climb to spectacular views you can find it with the help of the trail guide produced by the Quadra Island Trails Committee and available at the Taku office. hiking 4 web hiking 3 web

Why would anyone take a cooking class?

Culinary Courses

 So often cooking becomes a chore. We work all day and then we have to come home and try to throw together something that will appeal to everyone in the house while also meeting our budget, nutritional requirements, and available supplies. Taking a cooking class takes us away from that. It returns us to a place where cooking is fun, courageous and creative.

The Taku Cookery brings us into intimate groups in a gorgeous setting with the most skilled chefs and suddenly food becomes so much more than another thing to check off our daily list. Taking a class at Taku nourishes our minds, our sense of humor as well as our bodies.

The small groups give you immediate access to hands on food preparation. You’ll be cutting, grating, whipping, rolling, and sautéing like a professional in a very short time. You will be exposed to new ingredients, tools and techniques that will re-ignite your passion for good food; suddenly you’ll feel more confident and more adventurous. The kitchen will be filled with the sounds of laughter and chatter of your new friends, and the most wonderful and exotic smells of the finest ingredients available.

Why would anyone take a cooking class? Because after all of that, you get to sit down with your new friends and eat all the delicious creations you learned how to make and someone else does the dishes! Why wouldn’t anyone take a cooking class?

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As Christmas Draws Nearer

As Christmas draw nearer, we start thinking about family and spending time together.  The end of the old year also leads to planning the year ahead.  These thoughts lead us to thinking about the importance of family vacations.

Family vacations allow us to take a break from our daily routines and just enjoy each other’s company.  Sharing new experiences strengthens our bonds and creates memories, stories and traditions that last a lifetime or even generation.  Taking time away from our daily concerns and distractions, (like electronics) frees us to connect on a much deeper level, and trying new activities together allows us to learn new things about each other, and ourselves!

Stepping off the treadmill of daily life for a few days or weeks has other tremendous benefits as well.  Lower stress levels, lower blood pressure and better sleep are just a few of the many proven side effects of a vacation.

Planning the family vacation can be a family affair.  Everyone can be involved at some level.  Kids involved in budgeting will learn the importance of saving and understand that vacations don’t just magically happen.  “Old –School” atlases and maps can be pulled out for a lesson in geography.    Choosing activities that appeal the group can be a lesson in democracy.

The beauty of the family vacation is that it doesn’t have to involve travelling halfway around the world, or even out of your hometown, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.   The opportunities are endless, though one thing is certain, there will be countless memories that will live on long after the vacation has ended and you have hopped back on the treadmill, and those memories will sustain you until  you can get away for the next vacation.