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Springtime on Vancouver Island’s West Coast

This spring, we invite you to experience the breathtaking beauty of our home. Ucluelet is more than just a picturesque backdrop for your adventures; it’s a vibrant community pulsating with the heartbeat of passionate locals who call this place home. From artists and artisans to fishermen and foragers, each resident contributes to the rich tapestry of life that defines Ucluelet.

Spring Activities

Lace up your hiking boots and wander along winding trails that lead to hidden waterfalls and panoramic viewpoints, or paddle silently through pristine waters as you explore the tranquil beauty of Barkley Sound. Whether you’re travelling with friends, family, or just the two of you, there’s something for everyone. The Ucluelet Aquarium, Canada’s first collect and release aquarium, reopens for the season on March 1st. Looking for something to up your heartbeat? Rent a bike from Ukee Bikes and ride the town in style, or get on the water with Relic Surf Shop or Paddle West Kayaking.

Grab a Bite & a Brew

As you meander through the quaint streets of town, you’ll find yourself drawn to charming boutiques and cozy cafes, where the scent of freshly brewed coffee mingles with the salty tang of the sea. Strike up a conversation with a friendly local, and you’ll uncover hidden gems and insider tips that only those who call Ucluelet home can share.

Discover west coast dining experiences in Ucluelet.

Upcoming Events

Each year, as the storms power dwindles and the sun stays high for longer, Ucluelet comes alive with the vibrant energy of the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, a celebration of the return of Pacific Gray Whales to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Against the backdrop of Ucluelet’s rugged coastline, locals and visitors alike gather to honor the annual migration of gray whales and marvel at their breathtaking displays. From captivating educational workshops and exhilarating whale-watching excursions to lively community events and art exhibitions, the festival offers a kaleidoscope of experiences that deepen our connection to the ocean and its inhabitants. It’s a time of joyous revelry and profound appreciation for the natural wonders that define Ucluelet’s identity, reminding us of the enduring bond between humankind and the sea.

Discover Springtime events in Ucluelet.

Stay With Us

To fully capture the spirit of Ucluelet, you’ll want to stay a few nights, a week, or longer. From classic cabins, luxury resorts, eco-yurts steps from the ocean, and family-friendly campgrounds, check out available accommodations in Ucluelet.

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As the sun dips below the horizon, casting hues of pink and gold across the sky, take a moment to pause and reflect on the wonders you’ve witnessed during your time in Ucluelet. Whether you’ve come to reconnect with nature, indulge in culinary delights, or simply escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Ucluelet welcomes you with open arms and invites you to embark on a journey of discovery unlike any other.

Ucluelet aquarium showcases undersea wonders

Ucluelet Aquarium

Kayaking off Vancouver Island

Kayaking off Vancouver Island

Local craft brewery at Ucluelet Brewing

Ucluelet Brewing

Stunning views at the Wild Pacific Trail

Wild Pacific Trail

Celebrate whales at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival

Credit: George Fifield

Pluvio Restaurant in Ucluelet

Pluvio Restaurant and Rooms. Credit: Jordyn Giesbrecht

Today, we want to kick off a celebration of women who have helped transform Ucluelet into the unique community it is today by showcasing the phenomenal and ground-breaking work done at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, the first of many stories to come.

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is setting a new standard for sustainability with a Refillable and Zero Waste model that will minimize the resort’s ecological footprint, take a load off the landfill, reduce plastic waste, and support local entrepreneurs. Black Rock is one of the first resort’s in Canada to adopt such a model and has partnered with two forward-thinking and female-run small businesses in Ucluelet, The Den and Mint Cleaning, to make this dream a reality!

Located on a dramatic headland above the Pacific Ocean’s crashing waves, the Resort is surrounded by the Wild Pacific Trail and the rugged rocky coast of West Vancouver Island. Our stunning Ucluelet resort is minutes from Vancouver Island’s amazing beaches, forests, restaurants, and attractions, and the Long Beach Unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve which includes Barkley Sound. Only 40 km from the village of Tofino.

“The Zero-Waste dream started with a conversation. It reflects how we feel about the natural environment and our desire to protect the rainforest and ocean,” says Adele Larkin, General Manager of Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. “It’s better for community, environment, visitors, and staff.”

Black Rock guests are now enjoying 100% refillable bathroom products supplied by The Den, including Oneka shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions, Cascades paper products, and Tru Earth laundry strips. Den co-owners Kristen O’Keefe and Diane Rudge call the partnership a win-win-win that supports the community, sustainability, and small business.

“We believe supporting local businesses is essential for the success of the community we live in. When everyone is striving in their individual pursuits, the greater community here feels that momentum,” O’Keefe says.

At the same time, Mint Cleaning, a cleaning service products company founded by two Ucluelet moms, provides:

  • All-natural carpet deodorizer.
  • Essential oil-based air freshener.
  • All-purpose cleaner.
  • Other earth-friendly biodegradable cleaning products.

It’s healthier for staff and visitors, knowing that all products have been selected with their well-being top of mind.

Forage is the newly opened in-house gift shop in partnership with The Den, Foggy Bean Coffee Company, Ocean Pet Supplies, and other boutique Ucluelet businesses. It’s the perfect place for Black Rock guests to find a sustainable piece of the West Coast to take home.

“As a tourism destination, we all recognize that the reason people come here is because they enjoy pristine natural spaces,” Larkin says. “This understanding is at the heart of all the decisions we make for our businesses, guests, staff, and the environment.”

For more information, please visit www.blackrockresort.com.

These local businesses and artisans offer online shopping for a little piece of Ucluelet at home.

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