The Second Half: Fending off isolation in our ‘golden years’
(Excerpt from an article in The Times-Standard, July 31, 2008 by Tracey Barnes Priestley)
When weather kept us dockside in Pender Harbour for three days, we had the good fortune to moor at Fisherman’s Resort and Marina. Huge pots of thriving flowers dotted the docks and a lush lawn complete with shade trees welcomed us to shore. The owners, Dave and Jennifer, complemented the entire experience. Always ready with a genuine smile and seemingly effortless assistance, they moved through their day as if their only concern was making their guests feel at home.
And just up the hill? LaVerne’s Grill. With the friendly service and delicious food, this was a popular spot with both locals and mariners. Owned and operated by LaVerne herself, one of the friendliest people I’ve ever come across, she’d greet us in the morning with a huge smile and a rich laugh, happy to let our dog lie at our feet while we ate at one of her spotless outdoor tables. The entire experience felt like being at a good friend’s house, enjoying some great chow.
Hi LaVerne – Here we are, it’s another year to come and hang out at your Fish ‘n Chips place, today the whole family is here. Thanks again – Adele, Karen, Moe, Terri
Enjoyed your breakfast LaVerne. Thanks – John and Sandra, Walnut Grove
Hey homeslice, meaning a little slice of home. That’s why I call you homeslice because you make me feel at home.
Dear LaVerne, Thank you for all of the food you really lend your heart out to all customers! Like the food too, its dillishis. I had a good day at school today did you have a good day at work? Thank you so much – Rebecca.
After a long walk, the perfect meal! Thanks Ned & Kristen aboard Bristol Blues
Great food! Good cook! Wonderful Company! from Prince George BC
All the way from Saskatchewan – we won’t forget LaVerne’s place – very cool!
A visit up the coast is not complete without a meal and a visit at LaVerne’s – Mike & Belinda, Delta BC
Despite the rain and gray, LaVerne is smiling and got my kids smiling with her delicious fries. Thank you! The Wilsons, Edmonton AB
We are really enjoying our visit BC and LaVerne, you are one of the memorable folks we’ve met. Love from Marge & Bob, Florida
LaVerne’s is one of the many reasons Pender Harbour is one of my favorite ports of call – The Bennett-Arsenault Crew
We’ve made our annual trek to LaVerne’s for the awesomest burgers in the province! It’s now on our to-do list when holidaying at Duncan’s Cove! Just ate – and no disappointments! You’re the best! John, Rosa, Andrew & Jordan, Burnaby BC
We are having a great time here in Garden Bay, thanks for the great breakfast – Colleen, Curtis, Travis, Harvey, Arroyo Grande, CA
Hey, its my first time in Canada. It rox! Luved the food! Chelsea, Portland, Oregon
Best fish and chips we have had in many years. Fresh – you must use good oil – Thanks. Jessica, Celso, Caio, Sofia, Gibsons, BC
Visiting from Ontario, great view – going to eat great food. Thank you – Bill and Ida
Food was awesome but people walked by & stared at us LOL! – Tamara
Mmmmm good you have the best fish n chips with side greens. Love the ice cream, but most of all love the atmosphere.
Great place! Fish n Chips unreal! Other food great food too! LaVerne, you are great also! Thanks for having us. We will let all of the Jasper locals know about you. Allison, Chuck, Tegan, Jasper AB
Oh my goodness – The greatest food. Absolutely loved it. Definitely coming back someday. “Fabulous” All the way from the USA – Lena
We once went on a journey
Came across this Lady LaVerne
Her food nice n hot
we liked it a lot
We’ll be back again very soonie.