Visting in Ucluelet, you are invited to become one with the community and nature. You are more than just a visitor; you are part of a greater story unfolding all around you.
The story of Ucluelet is rich in cultural history and deep-rooted in appreciation for nature. Located on the traditional territory of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ -Ucluelet First Nation, our town shares respect and appreciation for Indigenous heritage. Protecting the land and ocean is just one way we show solidarity.
Our ancient cedars tell a story of their own. When you explore the Ancient Cedar’s Loop of the Wild Pacific Trail, you immediately feel the presence of wisdom. Tree roots and gnarly limbs are reflections of winter storms, wild winds, and survival.
“Ucluelet” means Safe Harbour, historically ‘dwellers of the protected place inside’ in Nuu-chah-nulth language. Our harbour has provided safety to fishing vessels waiting out a storm, as a seaplane base and flight strip during World War II, and most prominently, has provided habitat to Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ. Our harbour is home to orca’s feasting, eagles diving, and sea lions playing. The energy is one of protection and calm, even for those who stand on its shoreline.
When you immerse yourself in Ucluelet, you connect with the true spirit and beauty of the area. We welcome you with open arms and ask you to join our story by protecting and loving Ucluelet as much as we do.
Leave no trace
We are so glad you are here, but we don’t want reminders that you were (the bad kind anyways.) Avoid bringing unnecessary garbage, wrapping and single use plastics. Pack it in, pack it out and leave all places you visit unspoiled.
Respect the locals
Not just the people! We have a diverse host of local wildlife who want to go about their business. We respect their space, and they respect ours. Enjoy from a distance and never leave food unattended. As for the people, be the type of visitor they will want to invite back.
Spring and Summer can be busy, that’s why its always best to book ahead. There are some major perks of doing so. You will get top pick of the accommodation of your dreams; you will have your activities planned and reservations secured for amazing meals out. Beat the rush: book now!
For more suggestions on how to fit in with the locals, meet our very own Salty, the Sea Otter. He’s got a lot to say. See you soon!