We are welcoming the Spring time with arms outstretched and eagerly awaiting the summer fun. The winter time is a different type of busy than summer time but trust me, we were busy.
Now that it’s Spring, Taku has a stream of groups coming in. In the next month we have the SuperChefs putting on another amazing weekend camp. This time, the camp is taking a group of children from the northern coastal BC aboriginal communities and teaching them about healthy food and how to make it. The other returning groups are the Cowichan Outdoor Club, the Nanaimo Tuesday Hikers and the Ripple Rock Power Squadron.
We’ve also had our first wedding of the season last weekend. Congratulations to Mike and Kelly!
The summer bookings are starting to fill up so be sure to contact us soon to make sure you get the dates you want. We look forward to having everyone back and can’t wait to see what wonderful times come ahead.
At the end of March, the resort was hit very hard from a south easterly wind storm. By far the strongest winds we have seen, clocked at 130km/hr. The Tree House Suite and the whole Terrace building were spared by the three 100ft firs that fell. Lynden was monitoring the scene over the two days and saw the root systems of these enormous trees lifting out of the ground. He evacuated all the buildings and all valuables from the office. One of the trees narrowly skimmed the roof and fell right in front of the office. We lost power and phones for five days as the three fallen trees had taken down many power lines. In the light of the blue skies and sun the next day, you could see the carnage left behind from the storm. The dock was broken in four pieces and one finger drifted to Open Bay. Three more trees had to be taken down as their trunks were split and the ground was lifting underneath. After finally getting the resort cleaned up and back-up and running, Lynden had a very well deserved holiday in Mexico.
Gourmet Culinary Courses
The next set of courses has just been announced. Two courses are being offered on July 6th and 12th. Learn the basics of chopping an onion to gourmet desserts with sugar work. These three day courses offer hands on teaching methods where students create delicious gourmet meals. Chef Benedict and Chef Maynard have returned to Taku all the way from their Walnut Grove Cookery in France. Further details are listed on our website. Deadline to sign up is May 18th, 2012. Find out more information here.
On December 31st 2011, the creator of our wonderful resort Milton Wong passed away. In 1983, he brought the family and a few friends to look at possibly buying the property and he fell in love. It’s hard to say if it was the natural beauty of the trees or the large kitchen that drew him most. He said that the resort and his new home were his most proud creative achievements.
He was always so welcoming to everyone that came to the resort and he made many wonderful friends during his evening walks greeting everyone with his big smile. We miss him dearly and are dedicated to keeping the resort to his vision of giving family and friends a place to go where they could have adventures, laughter and good food together.
There will be a celebration of life here in honour of Milt this summer. The date has been changed from June 2nd to the summer time. We would be honoured to have you join us. If you are interested in finding out the details once they are finalized, please email us.
Fei, Lynden, Liz, Sue, Rhonda, and the rest of the Taku Crew
Yet another beautiful summer at Taku with long days spent sitting outside enjoying a drink and the view, catching fish, playing tennis, picking berries and exploring. One family came three times throughout the summer. And to all the new comers, welcome to our hidden treasure. Thank you for sharing your holiday with us.
Just when we thought there was no hope of ever catching a tyee, this summer brought in many huge salmon caught just on the other side of Rebecca Spit. Ed Jordan our fishing guide from Sutil Charters helped his guests max out most mornings. Congratulations to you all who came in with some beautiful fish. Check all the photos on Facebook and you’ll see many of our guests happy as a clam with salmon all over 25lbs.
The playground was our big addition this summer. All the kids had so much fun climbing all over the little tug. We received over 40 entries to name that tug. And the name of the new playground is “Toot Toot Taku”, submitted by Calvin Cox. Congratulations Calvin and thank you to everyone who participated. We’d also like to recognize Mary Green who submitted “The Tug Ground”, Olivia with “Clover’s Watch” and Rhonda Warman with “No Chug Tug”.
One of our long time friends David Haughton has given us one of his prints of the beautiful view from the Beach House. It will be hung in the office for everyone to enjoy. He is selling them online and proceeds will be donated to the Quadra Island Hiking Trails. If you have any photos, art work or stories inspired by Taku, we’d love you to share them with us. Email them or post them on our Facebook page. Especially any back to school summer essays.
Great News! This year we are freezing our rates. We know how tough this past year has been for everyone and we want to help you keep doing what you enjoy.
Keep in touch and you’ll be the first to hear about our exclusive specials throughout the year. Be our fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our Blog. Leave us a review in the comment area below, on Facebook or Twitter and fill out the customer survey at the link below. As always, the fall season brings you many good discounts so stay tuned.
See you again soon,
Fei, Milt, Lynden, Liz, Sue, Rhonda, Sonia, Buddy and Richard and the rest of the Taku Crew
Every year we like to take the time in the winter to make improvements. Complete the survey and let us know how we can make your next stay more enjoyable.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)