The shelter building is a landmark in Tofino. It was originally built as a house for a local couple, the Drivers. The post and beams, that are still a focal point in the building, were salvaged from WWII hangers at the Long Beach Airport.
The house was too large to manage so it was converted into a boarding house for First Nations children. It evolved into a teahouse and gallery and then into the Crab Bar which was in operation for 13 years.
Jay always loved the rustic west coast building and in March 2003 he purchased the property and started renovating to create shelter. shelter opened for the Victoria Day weekend in 2003 and has received wonderful support from locals and visitors.