Description of Ucluelet

Ucluelet (pop. 1652) is situated on the south end of Pacific Rim National Park at the south terminus of Pacific Rim Highway. In its sheltered inner harbour, seals, sea lions and otters pay little heed to the commercial- and charter-fishing vessels that perpetually come and go.

Much of the landscape around Ucluelet consists of temperate rainforest, while some of BC's largest stands of old-growth red edar are to be found here. The area is also famous for its miles of wide, sandy beaches. A number of our kayak tours of the Broken Island Group depart Ucluelet by shuttle for Toquart Bay.

The name Ucluelet (pronounced you-clue-let) is derived from a Nuu-chah-nulth word meaning a place of safe harbour. The Nuu-chah-nulth are a group of first nations whose traditional home is in the Pacific Northwest on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Archaeological evidence has dated their presence in the area has to at least 4300 years.

Until the early 1870s, Ucluelet was a First Nation village with the main reservation at the entrance of the Inlet on the east side, just as it is today. The first settlers were fur sealers who established a trading post at Spring Cove and then a whaling station. The town remained fairly isolated until 1959 when the road from Port Alberni was opened.  Now a logging, fishing and tourist village, Ucluelet is a base for commercial and sport fishing, as well as wildlife excursions and kayak tours.

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Saturday, February 16 2019

Here in Victoria the snow is dissipating which we hope is a sign that spring is around the corner. While many others remain locked in winter's grasp, most everyone (except for the die-hard skiers) are thinking of warmer weather. And from my corner of the world, this translates to kayak vacations. In particular, our trips to Haida Gwaii, Johnstone Strait and Broken Group are gathering speed, with a number of departures sold out and some others having one or two seats remaining. Please use our search engine to select a date and trip - if the departure you want is booked please let me know.  If the demand is there, I might be able to put on another departure. more