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Ucluelet, British Columbia

Ferry along the West Coast Trail This town of 1,500, located on Barclay Sound, was named for the Indian word for “safe harbour”. Ucluelet is about 180 km west of Nanaimo, and  100 km west of Port Alberni via the scenic Highway 4. Ucluelet is neighboured to the northwest by rugged and beautiful  Pacific Rim National Park. and the town of Tofino about 40 km to the northwest.

Catch the Gray whale migration in March and April, and watch sea mammals like sea lions, seals otters, as well as eagles, deer and bear at the shoreline.

Ucluelet is a popular jumping-off point for whale watching tours (along with Tofino to the northwest).

Ucuelet Sign on Highway 4 Junction

The west coast of Vancouver Island along Pacific Rim National Park is quite spectacular between November and March during storm season, when 10 metre swells on the ocean turn into 15-18 metre (50-60 feet) waves that crash into the chore. Best wave watching is about 12 hours after a storm has passed, and the waves aren’t tossed by the wind. Never walk on the beach (or on slippery rocks) during extreme conditions. You can watch storms from Amphitrite Lighthouse.

Ucluelet Attractions

MV Lady Rose

250-726-4641 or 1-800-663-7192

This small freighter, which delivers mail and cargo to isolated camps from Port Alberni down the Alberni Inlet to Bamfield and Ucluelet (on alternating days). Reservations are recommended in the summer.

Jamie’s Whaling Station

168 Fraser Lane, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

Team of local experts has been professionally guiding adventure seekers from around the world to explore the nooks and crannies of Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound since 1982! Jamie’s operates our waterfront Adventure Stations in the hearts of both seaside communities of Tofino and Ucluelet.


Wild Pacific Trail

Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0


Website: Wild Pacific Trail

This scenic trail winds along the coastline, offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, rugged cliffs, and lush forests. It’s a popular spot for hiking and wildlife viewing.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Highway 4, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0



This national park reserve encompasses a diverse range of ecosystems, including rainforests, beaches, and coastal waters. It offers opportunities for hiking, surfing, birdwatching, and beachcombing.

Ucluelet Aquarium

180 Main St, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0



This small, community-driven aquarium showcases local marine life, providing an educational experience for visitors of all ages. It focuses on sustainable and ethical practices.

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0


Located in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, this lighthouse offers stunning views of the coastline and provides a great spot for whale watching during migration seasons.

Surfing in Ucluelet

Various surf shops and beaches in Ucluelet

Contact individual surf schools (and websites) for details

Ucluelet is known for its excellent surfing conditions. Visitors can take lessons, rent equipment, and ride the waves along the rugged coastline.

Cedar House Gallery

1886 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

This art gallery showcases the works of local artists, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and other unique creations inspired by the natural surroundings of Ucluelet.

Thornton Creek Hatchery

2456 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

This hatchery is dedicated to salmon conservation and offers an opportunity to learn about the life cycle of salmon and their importance to the local ecosystem.

Annual Events










Pacific Rim Whale FestivalLate MarchDaily educational & fun events to celebrate the annual migration of the whales
Rhodo Fest & George Fraser DayEnd May(since 1854)
Edge to Edge Marathonmid-JuneOfficial marathon an relay race from uculuelet to Tofino
Pacific Rim Summer FestivalJuly & AugustTwo weeks of chamber music & multicultural concerts
Aboriginal DayLate JuneParks Canada hosts First Nations performers
Canada DayJuly 1Family barbecue, live entertainment and fireworks
Ukee DaysEarly AugustFestival of logging sports and fishing derbies, with oyster barbecue, booths and music festival.

Ucluelet Community Map

Tofino & Ucluelet Area Experiences & Tours

These excursions all depart from Tofino or Ucluelet:

These excursions all depart from Victoria, BC and include transportation to & from:

Tofino & Ucluelet Area Experiences & Tours

These excursions all depart from Vancouver, BC and include transportation to & from: