The lovely oceanside village of Ucluelet, meaning safe harbour, perches on the tip of a peninsula at the edge of Barkley Sound, framed on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, almost an island. With a population averaging 1800 Ucluelet is known for its friendly atmosphere and small town courtesy. Spectacular beauty and pristine nature of Vancouver Island’s West Coast surround Ucluelet.
This hauntingly beautiful region is known for forests thick with old-growth cedars, fir and hemlock. The richest fishing ground on the Pacific Coast is at Ucluelet’s doorstep and one of the biggest draws to the West Coast is the Pacific Rim National Park.
Visitors are drawn to Ucluelet to surf at the Wickaninnish beach, hike on the Wild Pacific Trail, fish on the big bank, whale watch off Barkley Sound and relax on the beach.
Beginning in March the Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the annual migration of the Gray Whale on its way to the feeding grounds of the Bering Sea. The annual “Edge to Edge” marathon takes place in June and winds itself from Tofino through Pacific Rim National, ending in Ucluelet — the perfect marathon distance of 42.2 km. Mid-summer hosts the Pacific Rim Festival featuring chamber music and multi-cultural concerts at a variety of venues in the Pacific Rim region. In July come and celebrate “Ukee Days”, a fun filled weekend for the whole family kicked off by a community salmon bake and followed by a weekend of parades, logger sports and more.