A PLACE FOR ALL SEASONS!
Ucluelet is located at the western edge of Barkley Sound, on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island. The closest city is Port Alberni approximately 100 km to the east. The District of Tofino is 40 km northwest of Ucluelet on Highway 4.
In between Tofino and Ucluelet is the Long Beach unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Barkley Sound lies southeast of Ucluelet and is a marine area that features the Broken Islands Group unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Ucluelet has an oceanic climate with mild, rainy winters and cool summers owing to its coastal location. As such, temperatures above 30 °C (86.0 °F) and below −10 °C (14.0 °F) are rare. Precipitation is high, with most of it concentrated in the winter months.
Ucluelet is ideal for those who love exploring nature. Our spectacular wildlife and colourful birds will certainly amaze you! Ucluelet, affectionately known as “Ukee” by residents and visitors alike, is home to hundreds of species of birds, including bald eagles, great blue herons and more – Ukee is definitely a bird watcher’s paradise!
There are a lot of activities to do in and around Ucluelet all year round, such as surfing, scuba diving, walking the Wild Pacific Trail, hiking, bird watching, and exploring the beaches.
Wind…rain….waves crashing….the sounds of “the perfect storm” can often be heard in Ucluelet from October to March.
From March to June every year, Ucluelet experiences an awe inspiring event which attracts thousands of visitors to our area – whale migration!
The summer season of May to September is considered prime time for sport fishing on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Wild Pacific Trail
More than 8km of easy to moderate walking trails skirting the rugged cliffs and coastal shoreline, overlooking Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands to the east and the open Pacific Ocean to the south and west. Offering spectacular panoramas through ancient cedars – awe inspiring views at all times of the year. The trail is a natural treasure for photography, beach combing, storm watching, and for the more fortunate, you may spot whales breaching just offshore, as well as sea lions, seals and otters playing in the surf.
Pacific Rim National Park
Just 15 minutes’ drive away, the Pacific Rim National Park presents the rich natural and cultural heritage of Canada’s west coast. It is home to an abundance of life and natural wonders which are interwoven with the long and dynamic history of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations people. Purchase a park pass from the Info center and enjoy the National Park year round. You may also discover the Kwisitis Visitor Center on Wickaninnish Beach, open March to October, where enthusiastic staff will introduce you to the cultural and natural landscape of the area and fuel your passion to both enjoy & protect the rich and plentiful life here in the most beautiful place on Earth.
Perfect for surfing, kayaking, swimming, building sand castles, throwing Frisbees, walking, talking and thinking. Come to the beach and be inspired by its beauty. Pack a lunch and listen to the waves as you watch the sunset with the sand between your toes. Some of our famous west coast beaches include:
Long Beach – the longest sand beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Mackenzie Beach – with calmer waters and camping
Chesterman Beach – with good sand for running. Has a lighthouse too.
Cox Bay – great tide pools.
South Beach Trail – access by forest trail walk to get to a dramatic rocky beach.
Big Beach – in front of Black Rock resort, great for climbing and exploring.
Open from Spring to Fall, visit the Ucluelet Aquarium and experience the amazing marine life that inhabits the waters of Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds. Knowledgeable interpreters explain the mysteries of the sea and all specimens are returned back to the wild.
OCTOBER TO MARCH CAN BRING INCREDIBLE STORMS TO THE UCLUELET COASTLINE.
Wind…rain….waves crashing….the sounds of “the perfect storm” can often be heard in Ucluelet during the months between October and March. The entire west coast of Vancouver Island is subject to some incredible storms, and Ucluelet is no exception.
Storm watching in Ucluelet is one of nature’s great area attractions, and visitors abound during this time of year.
This superb storm watching season is due to the Gulf of Alaska’s Aleutian Low, formed from the growing contrast between the warm air over the North Pacific and the cooler landmasses of Asia and America.
Because storm watching season is our “low season” for tourism in Ucluelet, our Liahona Guest House rates are at their lowest. Come experience first-hand the absolute power of nature, and stay warm and cozy in our guest house at a super affordable price!
MIGRATING WHALES SPRINGTIME VISITS!
From March to June every year, Ucluelet experiences an awe inspiring event which attracts thousands of visitors to our area – whale migration! Many different whale species, such as grey whales, humpback whales and orcas travel by Ucluelet en route from their winter home on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Sea. This 14,000 miles (22,500 kilometers) journey is the longest migration of any sea creature in the world.
Ucluelet offers a variety of whale watching excursions to choose from- ask your hosts for more information! There are lots of activities during this season and visitors can take in the activities of the Pacific Rim Whale Festival while they are staying at our Bed and Breakfast, Liahona Guest House, during whale season! Liahona Guest House is ideally located, being within a short walking distance to great whale watching areas such as Big Beach, and the Wild Pacific Trail. Whales can occasionally be seen in the harbour too, which is across the street from our guest house.
UCLUELET AND SURROUNDING AREAS ARE A SPORT FISHERMAN’S PARADISE!
Take a sport fishing charter to experience the adventure of fishing for migrating Salmon – Chinook, Coho, Sockeye and Pinks – as well as bottom fish – lingcod, red snappers and halibut, in one of the most spectacular natural environments anywhere in the world. Fishing either offshore or inshore, you will be able to take in the incredibly scenic Pacific Rim National Marine Park, and the rugged coastline of Ucluelet and Barkley Sound.
Ucluelet offers a variety of options for sport fishing charters. Whether you are highly skilled or a novice, our local guides are well-seasoned and passionate about showing you an incredible time and fulfilling your west coast sport fishing dreams.
Guides will familiarize you with the equipment, coach you on technique and help you bring in your fish. Rods, reels, lures and everything you’ll need will be provided. You can fish party-style with other guests, enjoying the camaraderie of celebrating great catches, or with your own group of family or friends for a more personal flavour.
You can decide whether to go for the heated cabin, food and washroom facilities, or the full-on ‘weather in your face’ experience of the ocean and the big fight! When you get back, you can get your fish cleaned, packaged and refrigerated, and waiting for you to take home.
Don’t forget to grab your fishing license!
If you don’t already have a valid fishing license, you can purchase one in Ucluelet or on-line at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
We look forward to your visit!