Ucluelet Travel Guide

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Ucluelet Things to Do

  • Visit the harbour

    A very short drive from our B&B is this small beautiful harbour of Ucluelet is worth to walk aroundIs 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 dockedPerfect place to relax where there are bench where...

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  • Wild Pacific Trail

    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 vistasHere you'll find black rocks were covers the area and below the sea and with some palm trees around...

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  • Municipal Hall

    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 itIt looks new painted the surrounding areas are pretty cleaned, green grass like the green building

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  • The marina and the fishermen

    After a few minutes of wandering we've seen fishing boats coming, the fishermen were back with fishIn 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 bigFrom Tofino we have to go back all the same way, Tofino is at the end of the island the road stops hereThis is...

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  • Tofino Harbour

    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 wayTofino 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 coldStill early, nobody around yet...

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  • Florencia Bay

    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 parkAs you travel north from Ucluelet toward Tofino, you will soon enter the Pacific Rim National ParkThe first beach you come to is at Florencia Bay and it is 6.4 km long, miles of beautiful white sandWhen is low tide excellent...

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  • Big Beach

    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 trailBig Beach is a beautiful sandy bay that is protected by rugged headlands and surrounded by rainforestIt seems this beach is a favourite in...

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  • Aquarium

    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 collectedVisitors to the aquarium can expect an up close and personal encounter with a diversity of local marine life and...

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  • The church

    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 hereIn 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 wayWe had...

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  • Amphitrite Point Light Station

    On the southern most tip of the Ucluth Peninsula sits the Amphitrite Point Light StationThere are not many places where you can park your car and walk just a short distance to such a scenic light stationLighthouse 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...

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  • Hike the Lighthouse Loop of the Wild...

    (work in progress)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...

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  • Probably the best place to see bears in...

    (work in progress)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...

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  • Follow the boardwalk to the falls

    (work in progress)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...

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  • Watch for woodpeckers in the woods

    (work in progress)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...

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  • Watch the bald eagles fish for their...

    (work in progress)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...

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  • Ucluelet's dinky little church

    (work in progress)Vancouver Island is all about spectacular landscapes and exciting wildlife experiences, and, by comparison, the towns tend to pale into relative insignificance. With relatively few exceptions, the architecture is pleasantly utilitarian and undistinguished, which makes it all the more striking when you stumble across something...

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  • Terrific opportunities for bird...

    (work in progress)The Thornton Creek hatchery about 10km from Ucluelet is a wonderful place for bird photography due to a fortunate combination of circumstances.Firstly, it represents the juxtaposition of several different habitats: the forest, the stream and the open water of the northern shores of Ucluelet harbour into which the stream flows all...

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  • Pity these sad, suicidal fish!

    (work in progress)Salmon are genetically programmed to return to their place of birth when they reach breeding maturity, where they spawn and then die. It's not hard to appreciate the logic of this grand design in that it ensures that the fish return to an environment that is conducive to breeding - unless something has changed in the...

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  • A takeaway for wildlife!

    (work in progress)The Thornton Creek salmon hatchery is a mecca for wildlife because it's the equivalent of a local takeaway restaurant for scavenging animals and birds.Salmon are genetically programmed to return to their place of birth when they reach breeding maturity, where they spawn and then die. In the case of this hatchery, what their...

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  • Wild Pacific Trail

    A nice walk/hike 2 km in total along the waterfront off Peninsula Road in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island. You can do do a partial, light walk through He-Tin-Kis Park from the first parking lot near Terrace Beach.

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  • Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

    Amphitrite Lighthouse is accessible from Peninsula Road in south Ucluelet. You can park in the parking lot and walk down to the rocks by the ocean. We watched the ocean spray on the rocks and looked in tidal pools. Beautiful sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. It would be great to watch a sunset here. We parked in the parking lot by the lighthouse...

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Ucluelet Hotels

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  • Terrace Beach Resort

    1002 Peninsula Road, Box 96, Ucluelet, V0R 3A0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Eagle Nook Resort & Spa

    PO Box 1068, Ucluelet, V0R 2Z0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

    596 Marine Drive, Ucluelet, V0R 3A0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Ucluelet Restaurants

  • Fried chicken goodness

    An old fashioned fried chicken shop caught our attention on the main road in Ucluelet, for frankly, there wasn't a whole lot going on in Ucluelet in the culinary department that our eyes could immediately see. After dining on gourmet meals at resort prices for the previous 2 days, our eyes widened at the menu of corn dogs, chicken strips and 2...

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  • Great seafood and wine for a good price.

    All of us ordered pasta and seafood dishes with wine. Service was great and entrees were delicious. We all felt it was a great value for the moderate prices. One of party had been here before on a business trip. I would definitely dine here again.

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Ucluelet Shopping

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 14, 2012

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    This lovely little activity book is available at the Thornton Creek hatchery and is pitched at primary (elementary) school children - although younger kids would probably still enjoy colouring in the pictures. It's well researched and designed, and at only C$2 a copy, it's an absolute bargain!

    The hatchery 'shop' (which makes it sound much grander than it is) also has good free educational material on the life cycle of salmon and a range of salmon-themed stickers, so if you show more than a passing interest, then you're likely to emerge laden!

    The shop also keeps Thornton Creek hatchery T shirts with a bear logo, although when we visited, there was a very limited number, mostly in adult sizes.

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Ucluelet Local Customs

  • So wet that even the local dogs wear...

    (work in progress)You realise how wet a place is when even the local dogs have been issued with their own waterproofs!This photo was taken at the start of the Lighthouse Loop of the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, and by the end of the hike, I realised exactly why the dog's rain coat was much more than a fashion statement!

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  • Ucluelet: the town I couldn't get my...

    (work in progress)Usually I'm not bad at getting the hang of place names, but on Vancouver Island, I finally met my Waterloo - or, more accurately, my Ucluelet.I think my problem started from the fact that the name has a vaguely French appearance, which made me want to pronounce it as a Gallic "Oo-cloo-lay". In fact, it has an intensely English...

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Ucluelet Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of wildlife on the roads

    (work in progress)Ucluelet is surrounded by forest, so I suppose that we shouldn't have been surprised to see a deer grazing on the verge of the road as we entered town - clearly the animals are pretty habituated to people and human activity.The deer look endearing (if you'll excuse the pun), but can be quite a pest as they tend to regard gardens...

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  • So what's the prevailing wind direction?

    (work in progress)... just take a wild guess!Vancouver Island has a maritime climate, which is significantly moderated from extremes of temperature by the ocean, and I have seen numerous claims that it has the 'most pleasant/most liveable' climate in Canada. Which is probably true given that the temperature doesn't often drop below zero, but...

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  • Always give bears a wide berth

    (work in progress)By the entrance to the salmon hatchery, there is a notice warning visitors that bears access the boardwalk, and they're not joking!In this instance, this young bear popped up from underneath the boardwalk and unexpectedly found itself sandwiched between two sets of visitors. It was clearly looking for a way out, but as the tourist...

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Ucluelet Favorites

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 6, 2012

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    When it comes to wildlife photography, the old sexist adage holds true - size does indeed matter!

    Vancouver Island boasts some wonderful wildlife, but it's often of the marine or feathered variety, and not necessarily easy to approach: if your previous experience of wildlife photography has been in a safari context, you'll find it a much more challenging setting. If you are a wildlife enthusiast and want to do justice to your subject matter, it therefore makes a huge difference if you bit the bullet and invest in a long lens, which will allow you to take decent photos over quite a distance. They can also serve double duty as makeshift binoculars if you have forgotten to bring these with you.

    One word of caution about buying lenses, especially more expensive ones. Camera manufacturers are an infuriatingly protectionist lot, and so often you may find that a Nikon lens won't fit a Canon body because the manufacturers want to tie their customers in to their own brand. So before you splash out on a hugely expensive lens, make sure that you realise what inadvertent 'brand loyalty' you may be locking yourself into, and don't be shy to shop around. For example, our rocket launcher of a 50mm lens is a 'no name' brand that was a fraction of the Nikon original, but so far we've been delighted with the results, so bring your camera body along with you and be sure to ask whether there are cheaper generics available that will do the job equally well.

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