popular Vancouver Island vacation destination that offers the
best of Canada's West Coast!
Port Alberni, Highway 4 travels west
to climb around Sproat Lake through the stunning mountain scenery
of the Mackenzie Range and along Kennedy Lake to reach the west
coast of Vancouver Island and the communities of Ucluelet and
Nuu-cha-nulth native Indians used the name Ucluelet, which means
"safe Harbour" when they settled a fishing village in
the area centuries ago. Industry was established when a fur trading
post was built, followed by a sawmill and logging operation in
the 1880's and the growing fishing industry in the 1920's. Ucluelet
remains the third largest port in BC for landed fish catch. The
forest industry remains important in the fabric of this West Coast
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Ucluelet, everything focuses on the Pacific ocean; sportfishing
for salmon and bottom fish, whale watching, nature cruises, eco
adventures, beachcombing, sea kayaking and diving draw visitors
from around the world. Prime time for whale watching vacations
is from mid-March to mid-April when Pacific grey whales are on
their migration route from Mexico to the Arctic Ocean.
brings national and local artists to the Summer Arts Festival
and the Arts School, while Ukee Days features logger sports and
is the place where land and ocean meet. Nearby Vancouver Island
locations include Pacific Rim National Park and Long Beach that
offer miles of sandy beaches, ideal for beachcombing and storm
watching. Walking and biking trails traverse the West Coast rainforest.
Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands are a stunning setting
for British Columbia eco adventures.
Ucluelet is 100 km (62 mi.) west of Port Alberni, on Highway
4 or 295 km (183 mi.) northwest of Victoria,
on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. There is also ferry service
across Barkley Sound plus bus service from other communities.
Visitors to the Ucluelet area can stay in cozy motels, hotels,
and resorts or camp in one of the private campsites or a nearby
British Columbia Provincial Park.
fishing and tour boats, sea kayaking expeditions, Amphritrite
Point, Barkley Sound, Boardwalk Trails, Broken Group Islands,
Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Wockannish Nature Centre,
Hi-tin-kis Park, Kennedy Lake
March/April - Pacific Rim Whale Festival July - Pacific Rim Summer Festival
Tourist Information: Ucluelet
227 Main St., Box 428, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0
Telephone (250) 726-4641 Fax (250) 726-4611
Association of Vancouver Island
#203-335 Wesley Street, Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2T5
Telephone (250) 754-3500 Fax (250) 754-3599