The pub was built in 1997 by the Norwegian owner Eivind Tornes, which
is why you will find a unique collection of trolls and a special landscaped
garden of 1200 plants and trees. Walk the garden and you might recognize
some of the special trees, from cork screw willows to weeping larches,
and of course a large Norwegian spruce placed at the entrance.
A short pub story...
The owner has taken his own bear photos that decorate the walls
of the pub. The 500 piece wooden mural and the special yellow and
red cedar as well as the rockworks are all done by him.
By the entrance stands a Viking Rune Stone showing his Norwegian
heritage with writing in Runes. Stroll around the pub and you will
find trolls and ravens in murals and pictures throughout the pub.
With the extensive natural west coast décor and relaxed atmosphere,
our 36 staff members will do their best to make you feel good about
the place and the unique scenic view you can enjoy from the patio.
We are very proud of our friendly staff, and with the quality of
the food and the unique atmosphere, you will find this neighbourhood
pub a very special place to visit.
THE RUNE STONE
Made to order a thousand years after the Norwegian Vikings first
in Canada, it tells a story the same way the Vikings would have
bragged about their adventures. You might want to brush up on your
knowledge of Runes, Icelandic, and Norwegian dialect from Tornes
before you read it, but some English is also in there. Inside the
entrance to the pub is a short description of this special granite
rock, that both the Viking gods of Odin and Thor are part of. Did
you know that 4 out of 7 days in the week comes from the name of
the Vikings Gods? For example Thursday comes from the name Thor.
A rune stone is like a stone book where the Vikings would write
down their adventures and stories. They where written in the lettering
of “Runes” on the rocks, and many of these rocks still exist in
Scandinavia. However the more common writing on wood is now perished
with the wood.
Nisser and Trolls are all trough the pub, including in the wooden
mural. From the growing up on a farm on the west coast of Norway
near the town of Molde, the owner was a strong believer of these
underworld creatures that would be expected to show up, especially
on a dark and stormy night. As a kid in the darkness of winter,
the trip to the outhouse in the barn, would be a very scary, and
short adventure. But then again you would have the friendly Nisser
that would look after the cows in the barn. How could you not believe
in those when every Christmas they would eat all the porridge you
set out to them? Now are you saying that trolls do not exist? Go
out by yourself in the forest on a dark and stormy night in the
middle of the winter, bring no flashlight or other worldly things,
and you will soon become a believer!
More about trolls: Some trolls were
believed to be giants as the mountains. In fact a lot of mountains
in Norway have their names from trolls. Trolls are firmly embedded
in the Norwegian language and expressions and you certainly do not
want to be call a “Trollkjerring”! They were shaggy and rough-haired,
with trees and moss-like growth on their heads and noses, their
noses were long and they would stir with it when cooking broth or
porridge. Some even had two or three heads, some only had one eye
in the middle of their foreheads. Their features differed from humans
with four fingers and four toes and a long tail to boot. The trolls
lived to be hundreds of years old, but would die and turn into stone
if the sun caught them. They might have looked frightening, but
were actually often good natured and terribly naive, so sly peasants
would successfully trick them. Their supernatural powers consisted
among others of transforming themselves, for instance into beautiful
young ladies. Many hunters and farmers were such lured into the
mountains and captured, but the trolls could never hide their tails,
if you only could get to see them from behind you would know if
the captivating creature was a troll or just a beautiful country
BEARS AND BEERS
To know the west coast you must know the bears. The Bear Photos,
raven and deer pictures are all done by the owner. Look at the natural
red cedar frame work on the photos, they are all as nature made
them. As a back country hiker and skier, it was only natural to
add what Europe does not have, the great wildlife of the west coast.
Many of us can just look at our crippled apple trees, to be reminded
of when the bears beat us again at the timing of the ripening fruits.
We are blessed with our wildlife and it is there to enjoy for all
of us. Bears love Beers, and especially our Irish Kilkenny and Guinness
on tap is an attractant that is hard to hide from them, so drop
by and enjoy our Bears and Beers, we are proud of both.