Things to Do
The Pacific Rim draws tourists from all over the world, who come here to kayak, whale watch, hike, surf, comb the beaches, bird watch, fish, and generally enjoy the beauty of this incredible natural environment.
Grey whales, orcas, humpbacks and the occasional minke can be seen in these Pacific Northwest waters any time of year off the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
Broken Group Islands
Not visiting The Broken Group Islands while in Ucluelet is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower! The Broken Group Islands are a pristine untouched archipelago of hundreds of islands within the Barkley Sound and part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve; just 20 mins south of Ucluelet. The area is accessible only by boat, and are consider one of the top sea kayaking destinations in the world. Contact one of Ucluelet’s local kayak or charter boat companies for daily or multi day tour packages to experience this natural wonder!
Archipelago Wildlife Cruises
Step aboard our spacious 53 foot motor yacht for a personalized tour to see whales, wildlife and the spectacular scenery of the Broken Group Islands. We also offer evening cruises and private charters. Rated No. 1 Nature & Wildlife Tour in Canada on Trip Advisor!
West Coast Fish Expeditions
YEAR ROUND FISHING
Specialising in Halibut, Salmon and Bottom Fish Charters. Full Day and Half Day Packages.
Ucluelet | Longbeach | Tofino
The west coast of Vancouver Island is rich in fishing history and culture. The love for the sport is evident throughout the community and once you start reeling in one fish after another, you will see why!
Come visit Canada’s largest catch and release Aquarium and see our Octopus! You’ll experience interactive exhibits, fun touch tanks, and discover all the amazing marine life that inhabits the waters of Barkley and Clayoquot Sound. Family friendly; open March to Dec every year.
Hiking the Outdoors
One of the most recommended hikes, is The Wild Pacific Trail. This 7-phase trail system along the West Coast’s rugged cliffs and shoreline has a spectacular shoreline panoramas and hike through ancient cedar and spruce-filled forest.
The Wild Pacific Trail
The Wild Pacific Trail is free, family friendly and accessible year round. All ages from 0 – 100+ will enjoy the stunning ocean views and the towering majestic rainforest that the 9km+ trail weaves itself through. Wheelchair access is proudly available at the Lighthouse Loop area.
Come witness Storm Watching on the West Coast of Canada along the top rated Wild Pacific Trail! Nothing is more exhilarating than the fury of the wind, rain and waves during a winter storm. The raw power of nature has become a fascinating draw for tourists from around the world to Ucluelet.
The best time for storm watching is November through March, as gale force winds tear along the coast at over 70km an hour (appx 45mph). The Ucluelet region gets over 4 meters of rain a year (most during this season). Impressive heavy waves pound the beaches, hitting the rocks and sending white sea spray high into the air. Please be sure to pack for all weather conditions (Gortex is always in vogue) and note that just as likely you will have rain, the coastal weather will change quickly and you can find yourself in pure sun walking along a beach over the winter season.
Pacific Rim National Park
Pacific Rim National Park offers 110 square miles of ancient coastal rain forest and wind-swept sandy beaches that seem to disappear off the horizon. Exploration around the west coast has been going on for over a century and the region is rich with history that stretches back thousands of years.
Surfing the Pacific
The water is a cool, yet fairly constant 10°C/50°F, making surfing a year-round activity, with some of the best rides being caught during the winter when the surf is definitely up with a strong, fairly consistent swell. A wetsuit is essential, along with recommended booties, gloves and a hood if you want to spend quality time in the water.
Kayaking the Harbour
Kayaking the calm, sheltered waters of Ucluelet Harbour (appx 3hrs) is an ideal way to discover the history, culture and industry of this working west coast harbour. Watch harbour seals, sea lions, eagles, bears and the occasional whale from your unique vantage point on the water.
George Fraser Island
George Fraser was an avid horticulturist originally hailing from Scotland. He ended up in the remote fishing village of Ucluelet in 1894 where he bought 236 acres of land to start up his nursery. He is most famously known for hybridizing plants. Today, you can visit Fraser Lane to view his legacy at George Fraser Memorial Gardens.
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Make us your home base to experience Ucluelet, Tofino and The Pacific Rim National Park!