The culture in Ucluelet has almost certainly always revolved around the ocean. The Uclulet Penisula, neighbouring Barkley Sound, Long Beach, and Clayoquot Sound are rich in First Nations culture & history. These regions make up the following territories Ahousaht First Nation , Hesquiaht First Nation, Huu-ay-aht First Nation, Opetchesaht First Nation, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, Toquaht First Nation, Tseshaht First Nation, Uchucklesaht First Nation, and of course, the Ucluelet First Nation. The first people in Ucluelet always depended on the sea to support themselves; the ocean provided generous amounts of salmon, cod, halibut and shellfish. The forest would provide cedar for their homes, canoes and clothing.
Today’s Canadian culture in the area likewise revolves around the ocean and rainforest. Modern Ucluelet’s economy and culture revolve around fishing, and the tourism that this breathtaking area attracts. The rise of tourism in the area has led to somewhat of a transient nature to this quaint seaside community, but the remote location combined with the rich wildlife and tranquil atmosphere is the perfect place to settle down. Spend time in one of the many galleries and shops in Ucluelet, showcasing vibrant local artworks. Once you come and immerse yourself in the culture, you will never want to leave.