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”.

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 north).

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.

Annual Events




Pacific Rim Whale Festival Late March Daily educational & fun events to celebrate the annual migration of the whales
Rhodo Fest & George Fraser Day End May (since 1854)
Edge to Edge Marathon mid-June Official marathon an relay race from uculuelet to Tofino
Pacific Rim Summer Festival July & August Two weeks of chamber music & multicultural concerts
Aboriginal Day Late June Parks Canada hosts First Nations performers
Canada Day July 1 Family barbecue, live entertainment and fireworks
Ukee Days Early August Festival of logging sports and fishing derbies, with oyster barbecue, booths and music festival.

Ucluelet Community Map