Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island is an incredibly natural place to visit in British Columbia



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!

Nature's Timeline

  • 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.

Ucluelet Aquarium

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.

Nature at its best in Ucluelet!!!

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