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Ucluelet (or “Ukee” as the laidback locals affectionately call it) is perched on the tip of a peninsula southeast of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. This snug refuge from the wind and waves was valued for millennia by the local First Nations and, beginning in the 1870s, seal-pelt traders. Long known as a relaxed and rustic community, the town is evolving into a resort and adventure tourism destination in its own right.

Kayakers and boaters head for the nearby Broken Group Islands, surfers flock to the surrounding beaches and families can admire marine life at the Ucluelet Aquarium before dining on the catch of the day in local restaurants.

Don’t miss the extended and easily accessible Wild Pacific Trial, which undulates along Ucluelet’s rugged coastline for 9km. This spectacular hike is rated by TripAdvisor contributors as the top thing-to-do on Vancouver Island.

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Check In. Chill Out - Come discover our award winning Cabins and property at Terrace Beach in beautiful Ucluelet (just 20 mins from The Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach…

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The Francis is a Eco Luxe Boutique Inn that welcomes you with casual luxury, personalized service and down-home hospitality. Located in the heart of Ucluelet, the four beautifully designed ‘hotel…

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Waters Edge Shoreside Suites is consistently one of Trip Advisors top rated award winning properties. Every peaceful harbour suite has water views of the Ucluelet Inlet and small craft Marina.…

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Located in the quaint fishing village of Ucluelet, close to Barkley Sound, the Broken Group Islands, and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, our kayaking and hiking tours range from…

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Treat yourself to an unforgettable adventure and join Al & Toddy Landry aboard their luxurious 53 foot motor yacht for a day of whales, wildlife and spectacular scenery! The “Raincoast…

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Pluvio restaurant and rooms provides a unique dining experience celebrating the best local products and natural elements of Ucluelet and Vancouver Island. Recently selected as the 4th Best New Restaurant…

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Wild Pacific Charters provides fully guided offshore Wild Salmon fishing and Halibut fishing charters from April to September. Our 30 foot Grady White has up to date equipment, electronics and…

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Come visit Trip Advisor’s top rated trail in all of BC! The Wild Pacific Trail is free, family friendly and accessible year round. All ages from 0 – 100+ will…

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SKILS, Canada's leading paddle sports training and sea kayak expedition business. We offer a wide range of sea kayak expeditions for intermediate to advanced paddlers. If kayaking remote, beautiful…

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Experience a smooth and comfortable ride on our large covered vessels with heated cabins, indoor and outdoor seating and onboard bathrooms. This makes for a safe and enjoyable experience. We…

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Join us in our 31st year as we explore the pristine waters of Vancouver Island. We offer expeditions paddling with Orcas in Johnstone Strait, ancient rain forests with towering Cedars…

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Based in the Comox Valley, on the edge of Strathcona Provincial Park, IAG is Vancouver Island’s premier Alpine Guiding outfit, and your ticket to exploring the spectacular alpine and coastal…

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Majestic Ocean Kayaking guests venture here from around the world to take part in experiencing this haven and see what British Columbia kayaking is all about. We are a first…

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Nestled in the lush coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island’s west coast, a few kilometres outside Ucluelet and within minutes of the Pacific Rim National Park, Wya Point Resort is an…

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Things to do in Ucluelet

  1. For an intimate look at clams, crawlers and other marine life, visit the Ucluelet Aquarium, the world’s largest catch-and-release aquarium. Interactive (and educational) fun for the whole family.
  2. Follow the rugged Wild Pacific Trail (rated the #1 Thing To Do on Vancouver Island by TripAdvisor) for breathtaking vistas of the Broken Group Islands, Barkley Sound and Amphitrite Point.
  3. Wildlife-watching cruises depart from Ucluelet Harbour en route to Barkley Sound through the Broken Group Islands archipelago and surrounding area. Tour guides provide a running commentary about the region’s rich cultural and natural history as passengers snap images of humpback and grey whales, pods of orca, black bears, sea otters, sea lions, bald eagles and coastal birds.
  4. Thrill-seekers of all ages skim the treetops while ziplining at West Coast Wild under the direction of expert guides.
  5. The kayaking here is renowned the world over. Paddle the inner harbour or head for the Broken Group Islands. Informative guides are available when exploring the harbour’s nooks and crannies or embarking on longer trips into the magical seascape.
  6. Hire a guide for charter fishing trips out to the region’s best salmon, halibut and rock fish grounds.
  7. Each spring, 100,000 salmon are released from Thornton Creek Hatchery into local waterways. The adult fish return to the creek in the fall to spawn. The new interpretive and viewing centre provides information on salmon enhancement projects, hatchery operations, and the life cycle of salmon. Its picture windows offer great views of bears as they feast during the spawning season.
  8. Surf shops offer board rentals and lessons in longboard surfing and SUP (Stand-Up Paddle) boarding.  The sandy beach breaks create waves perfect for all skill levels at Wickaninnish Beach and Long Beach.
  9. Discover local cultural and natural history at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
  10. Get cozy in one of numerous accommodation options during a winter storm-watching season marked by thundering surf, foaming white spray, extreme winds that gust up to 100 knots, and sea swells that send massive waves crashing against the shoreline.
  11. Relax and pamper yourself at an exclusive spa or in an ocean-view lounge. Browse art galleries, unique gift shops and learn about Ucluelet’s interesting history and the rich culture of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation. Dining options range from traditional dishes to fine dining.
  12. Annual calendar highlights include the Pacific Rim Whale Festival in March (celebrating the annual migration of the gray whale), the Edge to Edge Marathon in June (with full, half and relay races that incorporate the Wild Pacific Trail) and the Ukee Days Festival in July (highlighted by a parade, music festival and fairground attractions).