On Monday, Oct. 25 the Nickel Bros moved a building from the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s main administration office, which sits off the Pacific Rim Highway in Tofino.
The relocation makes way for a new outdoor swimming pool the nation is building for the resort and its new development project, the Tsawaak RV Resort and Campground.
It will also provide additional office space for the nation’s economic development corporation.
“We've sort of operated off the side of everybody's desk for the last decade without any real place to be,” said Jamie Basset, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation economic development officer.
The building, which used to serve as staff accommodation for the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort, will be operational in three or four weeks, said Jim Chisholm, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation tribal administrator.
While only a temporary solution, Basset said the building has the potential to be repurposed again in the future.
The expansion of the nation’s economic development corporation speaks to the growth of opportunities, said Basset.
“It gives the development corporation a chance to have a presence,” he said. “It creates a place for people to meet, a place for people to be and it [provides] a place for people who work in the development corporation to hang their hat.”