There is so much to see and do in Ucluelet it’s often hard to decide where to begin! If you are lucky enough to be moving to Ucluelet then you will have lots of time to try everything and find your favourites. But if you’re on your first trip to Ucluelet then this list will be able to help you decide what’s best to spend your time doing!
Skate Park: The Ucluelet skate park is a surf inspired masterpiece. It features a massive concrete bowl with a spine transfer, multiple hips, a deep inverted zone and medium to large drop in spots. Your options to create fast and flowing lines are endless. With a recent addition of a street style plaza the Ucluelet skatepark provides great fun for kids and a not to miss skatepark for enthusiasts. Located a block away from downtown, a block away from Big Beach and beside the Ucluelet Community Center.
Wild Pacific Trail: Since 1999 the Wild Pacific Trail Society has been on a mission to create and promote a breathtaking coastal trail network in the heart of Ucluelet. In total there is just over 8 km of trails that navigate the rocky spectacular coastline from north to south Ucluelet. The Wild Pacific Trail is a fantastic place to get out with the kids and your dog! There are three main sections to the trail, The Ancient Cedars and Rocky Bluffs, Brown’s Beach to Artist Loops and the Lighthouse Loop. If you are passing through Ucluelet you won’t want to miss this beautiful natural place.
Zip Lining: A perfect way to break up the long windy drive from Port Alberni to Ucluelet along Highway 4 is to stop and check out the WestCoast Wild Zipline Adventures! Plan for a 2 hour stop and try the six-thrilling adventure ziplines through the Kennedy River Canyon. Once you have seen the Kennedy River from the sky then observe it from it’s surface with a guided paddle board or kayak tour. WestCoast Wild Zipline has great reviews and fun for the whole family.
Aquarium: Think you have seen aquariums before well think again! The Ucluelet Aquarium is setting the bar world wide for Aquarium experiences. Since the early 2000 the Ucluelet Aquarium has attracted global attention for its interactivity, focus on local species and of course its “catch and release model” to ensure that no animals are harmed or held in captivity for to long. Learn about the local west coast aquatic wildlife and have a ton of fun doing it! Check out the Ucluelet Aquarium located in downtown Ucluelet on the water.
Parks and Trails: Ucluelet is the gateway to the Pacific Rim National Park. With so much do in this park it can be challenging to choose your priorities. There is the Shorepine Bog Trail, Halfmoon Bay Trail, Rainforest Trail and Southbeach Trail for starters! Right in the heart of Ucluelet you can walk the Wild Pacific Trail which connects Browns Beach to Big Beach park. As well as the Amphrite Lighthouse Trail and Park. If you are looking for a bigger adventure, The Broken Island Group is a provincial park located in the middle of Barkley Sound just off the coast of Ucluelet provides for phenomenal ocean kayaking.
Big Beach: Big Beach is a local classic in the heart of Ucluelet. Upon arrival you will be greeted by Bald Eagles, Sea Otters and Seals! The shallow bay is protected by the big ocean swells by a rocky reef. The beach consists of a mixture of sand and small gravel with a fresh water creek running into the north end of the. Big beach is a top notch beach for entertaining the kids or watching a beautiful west coast sunset. To top it all off there is a covered picnic sit for lunches and barbeques!
WildLife and Nature Tours: Ucluelet is truly in heart of nature and surrounded by ancient cedar forest and the wild Pacific Ocean. The options for nature tours are endless in Ucluelet. Some of the more popular ones are Barley Sound Kayak Tours, Wild Pacific Trail Interpretive Walks and deep sea ocean fishing for species like Salmon, Halibut and Cod! There are also several tour guides offering whale and black bear watching tours. Don’t leave the west coast without catching a glimpse of these majestic animals.
Surfing: Did you ever imagine that you would learn how to surf in Canada? Not many would ever dream of it but in Ucluelet on the west coast this dream becomes a reality. Take your pick out of the many surf shops and book a Surf Lesson and Rental. When you slide into a 5mm neoprene wetsuit you will instantly feel like a superhero with added flexibility powers. After you carry your 9 foot soft top surf board down to the beach your surf instructor will teach you the basics. In no time you will be standing up riding the waves and be hooked for life! No experience necessary and fun for the whole family.
Spa and Relaxation: Ucluelet provides the perfect back drop for a peaceful spa retreat. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and step off the beaten path for a tranquil weekend of relaxation. At Black Rock Resort allow the sound of crashing waves soothe you to sleep after a world class spa treatment. There is also the Nuture Day Spa available for you in Ucluelet.
Shopping: While you wont find any major box stores or malls in Ucluelet you will find an eclectic selection of local shops featuring hand crafted jewelry, unique designed clothing and hand crafted west coast inspired art. Taking a walk down Peninsula Road, the main drag in Ucluelet you can visit all the shops such as Rubio Jewelry, Image West Gifts, Pina Styles, Relic Surf Shop, Gypsy Drifter Shop, and the Emporium of Awesome!
Golfing: Most people on route to the West Coast don’t think to bring their golf clubs with them. But they should! Long Beach Golf Course is located right between Ucluelet and Tofino and provides 9 holes of championship golf! Need something to keep the family entertained while you play? There is also a mini put golf course, a driving range and finish your afternoon off with a lunch at the Caddyshacked Restaurant!
Storm Watching: Don’t just think of Ucluelet and the west coast as a summer vacation destination. Although the town may slow down in the winter the storms pick up! Storm watching has become a major hit on the west coast. Being a temperate rainforest, the west coast can receive up to 2000 mm of rain each year. In the winter massive storms rock the coastline with waves reaching up to 20 feet. You can enjoy all the storm has to offer from the comfort of one of the many spas and resorts along the beaches. The best part of all is that most resorts have fantastic winter specials! You will be amazed at the power of the ocean in all its glory so book a Ucluelet getaway deal and take a relaxing trip to Ucluelet in the Winter.