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Getting Here

Car + Ferry or Plane? You decide how your journey to Ucluelet begins.

Ucluelet is located on the magnificent outer West Coast of Vancouver Island; 288 kilometers (km) (179 miles) northwest of the British Columbia’s provincial capital, Victoria, and appx six hours from Vancouver.

The closest city is Port Alberni, approximately 100 km (60miles) to the east and the District of Tofino is about 40 km (25miles) northwest of Ucluelet.

Driving Distance

When traveling north from Nanaimo, exit west on Provincial Highway 4 towards Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet. Eventually, you will arrive at the junction of Highway 4 and the Pacific Rim Highway, which runs south 8 kilometres to Ucluelet or 32km’s north through the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to Tofino. Turn left at the junction.

Distances and Travel Times to Ucluelet

Tip – Visit Drive BC for real time highway conditions & webcams at the Port Alberni Summit and Sutton Pass.

BC Ferries

Taking the ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island is one of the most scenic water adventures not to be missed when traveling to British Columbia, Canada. BC Ferries offers services from Vancouver to Vancouver Island daily all year round.

From Vancouver you may arrive in Victoria at Swartz Bay, and travel by car for 4.5 hours to arrive in Ucluelet.

Alternately from Vancouver you may take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay or Tsawwassen to Duke Point, both in Nanaimo. On average it takes 2.5 hours to drive from Nanaimo to Ucluelet.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit BC Ferries: www.bcferries.com, 1-888-769-3766.

Air Travel to Ucluelet

Tofino/Ucluelet Airport (YAZ) is located near Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and is administered by the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. The airport has daily scheduled and charter flights. (Private planes are welcome!).

Pacific Coastal Airlines


Harbour Air

Tofino Air

For international air travelers, the nearest international airports are Vancouver (YVR) on the mainland or Victoria (YYJ) on southern Vancouver Island.

Other major airports on Vancouver Island are Nanaimo Airport (YCD) and Comox Valley Airport (YQQ).

Click on the links below to view driving directions to Ucluelet from Vancouver Island’s airports:

Photo Credits: Featured Image by George Fifield

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