Ucluelet Things to Do

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    Visit the harbour

    by shavy Updated Jun 29, 2014
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    A very short drive from our B&B is this small beautiful harbour of Ucluelet is worth to walk around
    Is not to compared the one in Victoria, here, is very small and nicely arranged and also very picturesque protected from the wilder weather, the harbour is small but there some larger vessels docked

    Perfect place to relax where there are bench where you can sit
    It was very quiet that time of our visit there were not much tourist around
    We feel like we're alone wandering but it is nice to stroll around when it's not too crowded

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    Wild Pacific Trail

    by shavy Updated Jun 29, 2014
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    We have to walk through the walking trail from where the lighthouse sits, continue to walk it is not a great walking path to follow but it is worth to get up here once you reach the place, it offers spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas
    Here you'll find black rocks were covers the area and below the sea and with some palm trees around it gives a unique views, we were here before sunset but it didn't turn out so nice on the photo we were standing on a wrong place I guess

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    Municipal Hall

    by shavy Updated Jun 29, 2014
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    While wandering around after our walk from the harbour, it caught my eye this nice colourful building as we came behind it I didn't know that is a municipal hall until we saw the sign in front of it
    It looks new painted the surrounding areas are pretty cleaned, green grass like the green building

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    The marina and the fishermen

    by shavy Updated Jun 29, 2014
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    After a few minutes of wandering we've seen fishing boats coming, the fishermen were back with fish
    In the marina there were a small place where they can cleaned their fish, I don't know what kind of fish they caught but they are big
    From Tofino we have to go back all the same way, Tofino is at the end of the island the road stops here
    This is absolutely worth a place to visit while you are in island is quite far in bigger towns

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    Tofino Harbour

    by shavy Written Jun 27, 2014
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    It took us almost an hour to get to Tofino which was normally only a short drive, as we stopped a few times along the way, there were nice places to stop on the way
    Tofino is in remote areas which is one of our main purpose to get in Vancouver island, again, we were too early behind wheel and the weather still very cold

    Still early, nobody around yet even those fishermen probably still in the ocean catching fish
    We wandering around how more we walk how peaceful and beautiful place it is, especially the marina, on the other side of the harbour you can see the little island
    Fishing is the main life here, most of the restaurants offer fish in the menu
    No regret of driving so far it's all worth it to travel

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    Florencia Bay

    by shavy Written Jun 27, 2014
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    After checking out our B&B in Ucluelet we headed our drive to Tofino, but before that we were on our way of the national park
    As you travel north from Ucluelet toward Tofino, you will soon enter the Pacific Rim National Park
    The first beach you come to is at Florencia Bay and it is 6.4 km long, miles of beautiful white sand

    When is low tide excellent opportunities to explore the beach with lot's of rocky outcroppings Florencia Bay is a favourite beach among Ucluelet locals in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
    It’s a short drive north of Ucluelet with access off of Wick Road on your way to Wickanninish Beach, a short walk from the parking lot brings you to a fantastic look out deck
    Walk further through old growth rainforest and you’re descending down a staircase towards the beach

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    Big Beach

    by shavy Written Jun 27, 2014
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    For me this is not a particular beach, during our visit there were people sunbathing, kids playing in the sands, the rocks were very sharp the water is very wild, that is why they called wild pacific trail

    Big Beach is a beautiful sandy bay that is protected by rugged headlands and surrounded by rainforest
    It seems this beach is a favourite in Ucluelet, it is right in town making it easily accessible for picnicking, evening campfires, and it is connected to the Wild Pacific Trail system

    The area has all its natural beauty is responsible for many of the breathtaking coastal view
    experienced, a visit to this pretty little cove are easily enjoyed, but this particular afternoon at Big Beach is one we will all remember

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    Aquarium

    by shavy Written Jun 27, 2014
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    The aquarium lies on the waterfront in unique location this is very small place and here is the first time I've ever heard, every three months all of the animals inside the aquarium are returned to the ocean and new species are collected

    Visitors to the aquarium can expect an up close and personal encounter with a diversity of local marine life and allow visitors to touch and hold the animals which was a great experience
    By the end of your visit you'll agree the aquarium is unlike any other you've visited

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    The church

    by shavy Updated Jun 27, 2014
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    Wandering through the small town of Ucluelet we meet to this small church, the church need to repaint I think, I'm not sure if this is still use for the local here

    In my opinion this church it doesn't fit in this town, as I was saying perhaps they fear being cut down and religiously bent to human's purposes (this church is for sale, by the way
    We had several ideas of bending it to our own purposes
    The palm trees on the uptown streets of Ucluelet seem strangely out of place

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    Amphitrite Point Light Station

    by shavy Written Jun 27, 2014
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    On the southern most tip of the Ucluth Peninsula sits the Amphitrite Point Light Station
    There are not many places where you can park your car and walk just a short distance to such a scenic light station

    Lighthouse Loop is a trail for about (2.6 km) it can be done in 45 minutes there are benches for viewpoints for watching whales, birds or catching the sunset
    This scenic path traces the edge of the coastline past dramatic views of Barkley Sound and Amphitrite Lighthouse

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    Hike the Lighthouse Loop of the Wild Pacific Trail

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 15, 2012

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    I cannot recommend the Lighthouse Loop of the Wild Pacific Trail highly enough - put simply, it has absolutely everything going for it, and I struggle to think of a type of person (bar rabid urbanites) who wouldn't enjoy it.

    It's such a good trail that it's hard to know where to start extolling its virtues. Firstly, it's just outside Ucluelet, so it's easy to get to (even if you don't have your own transport) and there is ample parking with ablution facilities at the trail head. Secondly, it is a circular trail, so you don't go and come back on the same route - always a bonus in my book.

    Next, it combines forest and rugged coastline - probably my two favourite types of landscape- and presents excellent opportunities for bird spotting: we were lucky enough to see a bald eagle catching a fish and spot a woodpecker, even during a torrential downpour. The forest is not only scenic, but is also an asset in that it provides protection and shelter, so it's possible to hike the trail even in the foulest of weather (of which they get plenty in this part of the world) - in other words, an ideal destination for the dedicated 'storm chaser'.

    The trail is well designed and maintained, and would be accessible for anyone with reasonable mobility - you could probably even get away with pushing one of those fancy three wheeler pushchairs (strollers), although attempting it with a wheelchair or a pram would probably be pushing your luck a little too far. The trail is fairly flat with no steep gradients or sections with steps that I can recall, and the moderately fit should be able to complete it within an hour (although it's so lovely that you may well be tempted to linger on one of the many benches that are strategically located at viewpoints, in which case it will obviously take you longer).

    In short, there are many wonderful things to do in the Ucluelet area, but this would have to be right at the top of my list!

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    Probably the best place to see bears in Fall

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 15, 2012

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    It's a rare visitor to Vancouver Island who doesn't want to see bears, and if you're visiting in the Fall (September - November), you'd struggle to find a better place to do so than at the Thornton Creek Hatchery, about 10km out of Ucluelet.

    From a bear's point of view, it is a feeding paradise. Not only do they have the opportunity to feast on salmon that have come back to their birthplace to spawn (who are trapped at the base of a waterfall too high to leap), but they even have their fishing done for them, because the carcasses of fish that have been harvested for eggs are tossed onto the streambank, saving them the effort of doing anything other than gorging themselves!

    Despite the abundance of 'takeaway' food, the bears here do still have a go at catching their own food: we watched a youngster display his rather inept fishing skills, trapping salmon against boulders with his huge claws. If you are lucky enough to see bears displaying this behaviour, then watch closely, as the black bears on Vancouver Island have developed webbing between their toes to better equip them for this wet environment.

    Getting close to a bear is a sobering experience - we inadvertently got much closer than we were comfortable with when a young bear clambered up from the streambed onto the boardwalk within 5m of where we were standing. The black bear may be the smallest of the American bear species, but they are still very large and powerful animals, and more than a match for a human. It's by far the closest I've ever been to a large predator without some protective barrier, and although it's a thrill to be close enough to observe them in great detail, there is also a powerful realisation that if they decided to attack, you wouldn't stand a chance. Fortunately, they are so well fed that they wouldn't be tempted to attack a human for food, but you need to be mindful that they will attack if they feel threatened or cornered, so make sure that you always give them a wide berth.

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    Follow the boardwalk to the falls

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 15, 2012

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    A boardwalk has been constructed along the streambank from the Thornton Creek hatchery to the nearby waterfall to provide ease of access for staff collecting salmon for egg harvesting. It's only a couple of hundred metres long, but it's very beautiful and provides an excellent vantage point from which to observe the local wildlife.

    As you mount the boardwalk, you'll see a notice warning you that bears and well as humans use the walkway. They're not joking either - when we were there, a young bear who'd been moseying along the stream unexpectedly popped up through the railing! So proceed with caution - especially around a 'blind' corner just past the hatchery, as - to paraphrase the song - if you go down to those woods, you may indeed be in for a 'big surprise' (and it won't be a teddy bear)!

    From a practical point of view, the handrail of the boardwalk is a godsend for anyone who's forgotten their tripod - the low light conditions mean that your camera will need a long exposure time (even if it's set on automatic mode), so leaning it on something stable really helps to reduce the risk of blurring.

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    Watch for woodpeckers in the woods

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 15, 2012

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    I'm a moderately keen birdspotter, but I've not had a lot of luck with spotting woodpeckers over the years, so it was a particular pleasure to come across this chappie along the Lighthouse Loop of the Wild Pacific Trail.

    Woodpeckers are a pain in the proverbial to spot as they hang around in woodland where the light is poor - and Sod's Law dictates that even if you do spot them, they are usually a good way above your head at the angle most inconvenient for your camera! Usually the giveway is the 'tap-tap-tap' sound they make as they drill into the tree trunk.

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    Watch the bald eagles fish for their lunch!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 15, 2012
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    Oh my - seeing a bald eagle fishing has to be one of the highlights of our time on Vancouver Island!

    We encountered this eagle when we were hiking the Lighthouse Loop of the Wild Pacific trail in Ucluelet. Actually, we heard the eagle before we say it, as it was engaged in a robust dispute with a pair of seagulls over a fish. What appears to have happened is that the eagle had caught a fish and had then been 'mobbed' by the seagulls, causing it to drop its catch back into the sea. We watched the eagle retrieve the fish, fend off his indignant assailants and then retreat to a rocky promontary to eat his well earned meal.

    Watching an eagle eat a large fish is a fascinating experience, as of course they don't have teeth to cut apart their catch. Instead they rely on their beaks and talons to tear at the flesh, and in this case, the eagle tossed the fish up in the air and used the force of impact on the rocks to break the carcass up.

    Compared to many of the other dark plumaged seabirds in the area, the bald eagles are fairly simple to spot and identify, on account of their distinctive white head tail feathers and their unmistakable bright yellow beaks and legs. However, the ones we encountered were still a little wary of people, and we found that it was difficult to get good shots, even with a fairly long lens.

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