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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bay Recreation Site
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 Recreation Site is an additional 16 km (10 miles) from here
on active logging roads. There is a boat/kayak launch at the recreation
site and, for supplies, there is the Toquart Bay Store situated
in Macoah IR 1.
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