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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands  > Ucluelet

Ucluelet is located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island approximately 110 km (68 miles) east of Port Alberni and 40 km (25 miles) south-east of the District of Tofino on Hwy 4.

Barkley Sound
Ucluelet is situated on the south-east side of Ucluth Peninsula facing Port Albion, Ucluelet Inlet and the rich fishing grounds of Barkley Sound. This geographical location allowed Ucluelet to prosper traditionally as a First Nation community for at least 4,000 years.

The first Europeans arrived during the 1870's helped by the fur and sealing industry A lighthouse station assisting sailors was built and then later in early 1900's commercial fishing started to get established.

Salmon Fishing
The sports salmon fishing out of Ucluelet is incredible. Various guides and resorts are present throughout and can offer you the very best in fishing enjoyment. There is a large sport fishing industry present and eco-tourism thrives throughout especially with whale-watching adventures. There are all prices ranges available for you to choose from; also most of the operators are well established and respected.

Spectacular Scenery
Just to view the spectacular ocean scenery around Ucluelet is worth it. You can walk through town and along the waterfront near the marinas and marvel at all the beautiful rhododendrons found throughout the town. Ucluelet is very easy to get around plus the area can be covered quite quickly just by walking or on a bike.

Wild Pacific Trail
If you get a chance, try Ucluelet's newly developed trail system along the Pacific Ocean. Called the Wild Pacific Trail, the trail will take you from various locations along the coastline intermixed with sandy beaches and rocky headlands. You will be able to spot various forms of wildlife from porpoises, seals, sea lions and whales, plus a wide variety of sea birds. If you are interested in more information on Wild Pacific Trail including an excellent map, please visit the official site.

Storm Watching Season
Happening every year, usually during January and February, is storm-watching season. Warm moist air comes off the Pacific creating wild rainy weather and big waves pounding off the coast. If you enjoy watching nature in its wild this is a good time to come to Ucluelet. Most of the resorts are a little less crowded and will have special storm-watching rates available.

Events in Ucluelet
Events in Ucluelet include the Pacific Rim Whale Festival in March, the George Fraser Day & Heritage Fair during May - this is a must especially if you enjoy rhododendrons and gardening - the Pacific Rim Music Festival in the first two weeks in July, then Ukee Days at the end of July. Then for athletic challenges Ucluelet is host to the Edge-to-Edge Marathon plus it is also involved with the Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race series.

Pacific Rim National Park
When you come to Ucluelet make sure you visit the Long Beach section of the Pacific Rim National Park. The beach is made up of four sections and is absolutely stunning and, if you enjoy surfing, one of BC's best.

Parks Information Centre
You will need a permit to park anywhere in the park and these can be obtained at Parks Information Centre near the junction point for Port Alberni on Hwy 4, 8 km (5 miles) north of Ucluelet.

Air Transportation to Ucluelet
The Tofino/Ucluelet airport is located at the north end of Wickaninnish Bay (Long Beach) right across from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations settlement of Esowista IR 3. Air transportation includes Long Beach sightseeing trips plus scheduled flights and charter services from Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Comox Valley airports.

Long Beach Golf Course
Located near the airport is the Long Beach Golf Course. If you would like to play a round of golf the course is 9-holes and is very enjoyable to play and has a long season if you don't mind the rain. The Long Beach Golf Course also has a very nice RV site available almost splitting the travelling distance between Ucluelet and Tofino.

M.V. Lady Rose and M.V. Francis Barkley
One way you can go to Ucluelet is to use the services of the M.V. Lady Rose and M.V. Francis Barkley which operate from Port Alberni. These passenger-cargo motor vessels ply the waters through the Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands between Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Bamfield. The vessels operate three times a week from May through September and can provide you with a very enjoyable trip viewing the British Columbia coastline.

Toquart Bay
If you want to visit the Pacific Rim National Park Broken Group Islands by kayak, you can do it from Toquart Bay. The turnoff to Toquart Bay is 20 km (12.5 miles) from Ucluelet on Hwy 4 towards Port Alberni. Toquart Bay is an additional 16 km (10 miles) from here on active logging roads. Check at the Toquart Bay Store situated in Macoah IR 1 regarding information and current restrictions for Toquart Bay.

Kennedy Lake
There has been a large impact put on the map by the forest industry in the Ucluelet area, supplying jobs and opening up the country. Kennedy Lake on Hwy 4 towards Port Alberni has a few forestry recreation sites located around this enormous lake offering trout fishing and wilderness camping.

Information on Ucluelet


First Nations




Map of Ucluelet
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Welcome to Ucluelet
Welcome to Ucluelet


Spectacular Ocean Scenery
Spectacular Ocean Scenery


Wild Pacific Trail
Wild Pacific Trail


Whale Watching
Whale Watching


Ocean Discovery
Ocean Discovery


Canadian Princess - OBMG
Canadian Princess - OBMG

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