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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

It is the time of year for springtime celebrations in Canada, and on the wild West Coast of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, that means the migrating whales will return to celebrate the return of the sun’s warmth with us!

Each year in March, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the continued protection and annual return of migrating Pacific Gray whales to the coastal waters of the communities of Tofino, Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

The migrating Gray whales join resident Gray whales, orcas, humpbacks and the occasional minke that can be seen in these Pacific Northwest waters any time of year off of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

After having spent the winter in the warm waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula breeding, an estimated 20,000 of these magnificent Gray whales make a 13,000 kilometre migration towards the North, where they will feed heartily in the fruitful waters of the Bering and Chukchi Seas, near the Arctic. This is the longest annual migration of any animal in the world!

Whale Watching – Season Beginnings

The Pacific Rim Whale Festival coincides with the kick-off of whale-watching season on the West Coast, a local must-do attraction. If you’ve never had the supreme pleasure of experiencing the majesty of whales in their natural environment, then it’s time for you to add whale-watching on the West Coast of Vancouver Island to your bucket list!

There are several ways for you to get acquainted with these magnificent marine mammals such as seeing the spray from their spout on the horizon while walking one the many hiking trails in the area. Or you might take to the sea to get up close and personal with pods playing in the cold waters of the Pacific, or perhaps you can get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent whale migration from way up above in a sea plane is what you’re after – the choice is yours!

Check out our local tour operators for more details and be sure to book ahead!

Events That Entertains The Whole Family

Many events at “Whalefest” are free or require the one-time purchase of a button, which is a suggested minimum donation of $5 and will get you into all of the button events. The buttons are designed by talented local children, are printed at Piña Studio in Ucluelet and they are available at most events. Buttons can also be bought at local Visitor Info Centres, select merchants and supporting tour-operators. Some events do have a cover charge, so please refer to the Whalefest Events calendar to find out more.

ArtSplash! – An Artistic Exploration of The West Coast

ArtSplash! also happens every year in Mid March at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. The work of talented local artists will be featured in the main foyer, and all are welcome to come marvel and mingle, or even purchase the unique artistic pieces. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the creative work of established and emerging artists on the West Coast of Vancouver Island!

Event Updates On Facebook

Latest events and updates being posted to The Pacific Rim Whale Festival’s Facebook Page

Family Friendly Festival

We are so excited to celebrate the return of the whales and the emerging of Springtime with you here on the wild West Coast. Come bring the whole family. It’s quality time in an amazing location. Come on up!

Book Your Stay Today

Remember to book your accommodations early as this is one of the most exciting seasons to experience in Ucluelet!

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Happy Whalefest Everyone!

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