Sylvie Stewart Grantham's other job at Farewell Harbour this past summer!Among our many national stereotypes, toques are one that we Canadians are especially proud of. For those of you who are international readers, you may or may not be familiar with the story of the toque. Essentially it’s a knit cap, sometimes referred to (elsewhere) as a “beanie.” They’re incredibly popular and versatile, worn across Canada by everyone from hipster teens to grandmothers walking their tiny dogs to Nova Scotian fishers.
Canadians, in their stereotypical, nice fashion, do not claim to be the only wearers of the toque, and we don’t even claim to have invented them. We merely have our own name for them, which we defend valiantly and refuse to diverge from. The name has a French origin. Whether it came from a culinary, judicial or some other background is not clear in the literature, but records of the word date back centuries. What I can confirm is that modern-day toques have come a long way from those original images I found when searching the internet.
One of Farewell Harbour Lodge’s newest guides, Sylvie, is an avid knitter, and she loves to make homemade toques! She tells us a little about the small toque factory she set up at Farewell Harbour this past summer...
“I learned to knit when I did an exchange semester at the University of Iceland, where knitting is like second nature. I immediately fell in love with the craft, I find it therapeutic and relaxing, but also productive because they make such great gifts!"
"I first decided to make toques for Vicki and Marc, because we were all roommates at the staff cabin, some 100 meters from the main lodge. Soon after that, word got out and other staff members started putting in requests. No one likes cold ears, so I should have seen this coming, especially given the variable weather in the Great Bear Rainforest! We ended up making a big order of wool from town, and I got to work in the evenings once we came back from our daily tours. In the end it's been a really fun the project, with all sorts of different size, shape and colour challenges. But thinking of all those warm ears from the Farewell Harbour Lodge family that left Berry Island to spread across the province for the winter season, it was well worth it."
--Sylvie Stewart Grantham
Past Blog Posts
Jun 13, 2022
Forest FungiForest Fungi are an important part in any forest ecosystem. Read more about how they reproduce, recycle nutrients, and work in symbiosis with others!
Apr 23, 2022
Staff Highlight: Daryl DancerFind out more about one of our most experienced guides, Daryl Dancer, from her love of sailing to her passion for Grizzly bears, she's got it all.
Mar 25, 2022
Sea Otter Success StoryDiscover more about the turbulent history of sea otters in British Columbian waters.
Mar 10, 2022
Wild Pacific Salmon EcologyFind out more about Pacific wild salmon. This post covers their diverse, intriguing ecology and why they're so important for our ecosystem!
Feb 20, 2022
How Hammerhead Got a NameFind out how the humpback whale, Hammerhead, got named! This is one of our favourite stories to tell at Farewell Harbour Lodge.
Feb 1, 2022
Tomato Basil SoupCheck out Chef Dylan's recipe for his delicious homemade tomato basil soup!
Jan 14, 2022
Rainforest EcologyJoin us on an imaginary journey into the Great Bear Rainforest, and maybe along the way you'll learn some ecology!
Jan 3, 2022
Reflecting on 2021Winter is the time of year when we reflect on the past before looking ahead.
Dec 13, 2021
Winter at Farewell Harbour LodgeMeet Cecil and Marisa, our winter caretakers, and get a glimpse into their winter life at Farewell Harbour Lodge.
May 1, 2021
Wildlife Guide - BearsWe put together a quick, easy guide to help you better understand what to expect when you go bear viewing with Farewell Harbour Lodge!
Apr 24, 2021
Farewell Kitchen - Paul's CioppinoWe uncovered a recipe from the past and had to share it with you! Enjoy with a crisp white wine in the sunshine!
Apr 19, 2021
Top Tips for Photography at Farewell HarbourWe are lucky to have some very talented friends, who also happen to be professional photographers! We asked them for some of their top tips!
Apr 10, 2021
Wildlife Guide - WhalesFind out more about whale watching in the Broughton Archipelago, from what you should bring with you to the best time of year to visit!
Mar 24, 2021
The Rest of the StoryThere are many stories that came together for Farewell Harbour Lodge to be where it is now. Ryne Brockway, co-owner and friend, tells us his.
Mar 11, 2021
Sweet Potato CookiesChef Robyn's easy and delicious sweet potato cookie recipe! Perfect for a boost of energy when out on the trails or just need a little pick me up.
Mar 2, 2021
Staying Jung on Berry IslandHave you ever taken a personality test? We talk about how MBTI is used to create better working relationships and strong connections.
Feb 25, 2021
Engage all your sensesThere are many ways in which we find escape. We look at how engaging all of your senses can help to switch off the outside pressures in a more mindful way.
Feb 11, 2021
A Love StoryTim tells us a Valentines Day story of how he and Kelli met and fell in love on this wild west coast.
Feb 2, 2021
The Forest Floor with MarlieOur rainforests are home to so much life! One of our guides, Marlie, helps us to notice the smaller things that are vital to its survival.
Jan 27, 2021
Going, going, SCONE!One of our guests' all time favourites! We get asked for this recipe more than any other, so here it is to enjoy from home.
Jan 17, 2021
A different perspectiveA wonderful way to see more of the vast landscape is by air! Read about one morning we took to the skies and experienced everything from mountain tops to sandy beaches.
Dec 21, 2020
Sea Kayaking with BeccaOne of our kayak guides, Becca, tells us why this is her favourite way to get even closer to nature and experience the Broughton Archipelago at its best.
Dec 18, 2020
Sointula - Place of Harmony on Malcolm IslandThings to do in Sointula! Full day excursions to Sointula and Malcolm Island. Pioneer history, whale rubbing beaches, historic lighthouse and more!
Nov 1, 2020
Differences between black bears and grizzliesA few things to look out for when bear viewing with our guides at Farewell Harbour. We look at some of the main differences between black bears and grizzlies.