“Toot Toot Taku”
Congratulations Calvin Cox for naming the new playground!
Thank you to everyone who submitted a new name for the tug we had some great entries. You can read them all in the comment area below.
Cheers, Taku Crew
We invite everyone to join our naming contest for the new playground.
Lynden found this old tug at a neighbouring property and is now in the process of rebuilding it into a fun playground. You can help him by coming up with a new name and sharing a story to support your entry. Any photos submitted are also welcomed.
The prize will be a boat trip for four people on the TAKU S.E.A. during your next stay. We’ll take you out on a tour of the area and see if we can get some fresh prawns. The boat trip will be weather permitting and can not be exchanged for cash value.
Enter the contest by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or add your entry into the comments area below. Take a look at all the entries below to get some ideas of what to submit.
We look forward to hearing fun stories about your time at Taku!
Hunting for Easter treats in the garden.
You know Spring has arrived when we see brilliant green leaves sprouting out everyday also every Easter marks the beginning of our Spring season. This year there were 14 kids hunting the gardens for gifts left by the Easter Bunny and then we all shared delicious hot chocolate together.
New Playground - Name this boat
All the kids were also excited to see the building of our new playground. We’re refurbishing an old tug boat and you can help us because the old tug needs a name. Join our Playground Naming Challenge. Send us your entry along with a story and a photo if you have one you want to share. The prize is a boat tour for 4 on the Taku S.E.A (weather permitting). Entries are encouraged from ALL ages. For more details and photos of the new playground visit the New Playground area of our Blog. The winner will be selected on June 1st. Submit your entry below or email us at email@example.com
We pride ourselves on providing you with a resort where you build on relationships with nature, family and friends. In the past months Taku has sprung onto the social networking scene by creating a Facebook and Twitter page. Now you can keep the relationships going by keeping connected with what’s going on at the resort and with new friends you have made, special events and you will be immediately alerted of any last minute discounts. All you need to do is find us on Facebook and add yourself as a Fan or find us on Twitter and start Following us or subscribe to our Blog. Or just check our website on a regular basis.
With Spring in the air, Taku is now donating land for the Quadra Island community garden. A keen group of skilled gardeners are going to start producing their own foods. Taku looks forward to this new relationship and hopes to be able to sample some of their delicious organic veggies. We’re always looking for new ways to green the resort, please let us know if you have any suggestions.
Spring also marks the time when we need to get deposits for your summer vacations. Space is filling up and we encourage you to call us as soon as possible so we can do everything we can to get you your preferred dates and accommodations.
Your Crew at Taku. (Fei, Lynden, Liz, Sue, Rhonda, Sam, Buddy)
Many of our guests in the past year, have heard a lot of barking going on. This is Fei and Milt Wong’s new puppy Rudy, a happy and sometimes naughty Portugese water dog.
The Wongs have never had a dog before and everyone is very shocked to hear they got one. Fei wanted a dog after all their girls moved out of the house but Milt has never been keen on them and said he’d wanted another child over a dog. Another child for Fei was not an option so a new dog never came.
Shady at Thanksgiving '94
Over the years, Taku has been home to many dogs, Bear (black lab), Sheeba (German Shepherd) and Shady (golden/black lab). Milt never enjoyed having these dogs around and always shooed them away despite his wife and kids always playing with them. But we knew he turned a corner when he secretly left a bowl of milk
Jericho's favourite holiday spot was Taku Resort.
outside for Shady. This bowl of milk also shows how little he knew about dogs. Then Shelagh and Brad brought Jericho (German Shepherd/Chow) into their lives and turned it all around. Fei and Milt became regular babysitters for Jericho who loved spending holidays at Taku. They even started borrowing Jericho on the weekends and Fei based a new car purchase on the fact that Jericho needed more trunk space. Clearly they needed their own dog. Enter Rowdy Rudy…
Inspired By Taku…
Over the past twenty five years Taku Resort and Marina continues to be a source of inspiration for many of our clients.
David Haughton who has been one of our very long time guests, comes to Taku every year for two weeks and soaks in the beautiful scenery from the Beach House. He has recently released his paintings inspired by the beautiful views from the resort. I highly recommend that you go to the following link to view all of his collections. http://www.haughton-art.ca/
After every summer, many school children are asked to recount their summer vacations. This essay was submitted by one of our very young guests who has been coming to Taku Resort every summer of his life.
Ever since I was 1 I have been fortunate enough to go to a wonderful paradise called Quadra Island. My uncle owns a resort and 2 boats on the island. To get to the island you have to go on 2 ferries. On the Nanaimo ferry, my cousins and I go to the game room and play Galaga, Star wars, Crazy taxi, and Jurassic Park. We also go to the front of the ferry where the winds are as strong as a hurricane. We play lots of fun games such as tag and cops and robbers. When we dock we have to go back in our cars and get ready to face the long ride ahead. Before we follow the road for three hours, we stop at a bakery and get treats for the journey. First we get sausage rolls and apple strudel. Then my brother and I beg our mom to get cherry cakes, donuts, a slice of Boston cream pie, chocolate rolls, tropical pie, giant pretzels, an Altoids can, and a banana cream pie. After that, we play “Rocket Slime” on the D.S. for three hours when we wait for our van to get us to the food market next to the 2nd ferry.
When we finally arrive at the market, we get supplies for the week that we will be spending on the beautiful Taku Resort. These include: milk, Cheerios, eggs, cheese, bread, lettuce, sausage, peaches, and blueberries. We have to wait in the car for the ferry and sometimes I have to yell at mom for missing it, but most of the time we make it. When we get on the ferry, my cousins and I discuss what we are going to do when we get to Taku. These talks usually include a ride on the Boston Whaler and a game of â€œKick the Canâ€. When we near the end of the voyage we intently watch the island grow bigger by the half- minute. After the 10-minute ride is over we go back to our cars and start the drive to Taku resort.
The Boston Whaler is a speed boat that can go up to 30 miles per hour. My cousins and I love to ride it on semi-choppy days and go flying off the five foot â€œjump wavesâ€ made by the ferry that passes by every 20 minutes. We go fishing every day until we catch at least 2 fish. There are good fishing days and bad ones. Once we caught 17 fish and had to throw them all back. But another time we caught a red snapper, two rock cod, and a ling cod. We had a feast that night.
The Taku Sea is a luxury speeder. It is a cross between a yacht and a Boston Whaler It can go 33 miles per hour but it has a global positioning satellite, leather seats, and a hidden trapdoor that you can look out from the front with. Once the Taku Sea ran out of gas and we had to go and tow it back on the Boston Whaler. Everybody was singing â€œHurrah for the Cell Phone!â€ It was stupendously funny. The usual reason why we go on the Taku Sea is to get the shrimp traps. One time we caught a live sand dollar and another, a seven- armed sea star. The reason we donâ€™t get shrimp traps with the Boston Whaler is that the Taku Sea has a special mechanical shrimp pulley to pull up the traps.
Kick the can is my favorite Quadra game (I usually win). I always like to climb up on the tennis court wall and jump down to â€œkick the can and free the bunchâ€. When the searcher is tall I like to go to the bushy area where my cousins and I have a base with distracting stones and portable camouflage (big leaves and ferns that we use to hide ourselves. There is a place where a pitch black shadow hides you from prying eyes in the top left corner of the tennis court. And a mini wall that acts as a checkpoint when trying to kick the can.
Quadra is my favorite place to be. Even if I was born there I would think it was special. I canâ€™t stand to see the beautiful paradise fade away as the ferry honks its horn almost as if saying goodbye.