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Whether it’s for a weekend or longer, experience the sense of place and the people that make Ucluelet what it is—a wildly rustic village full of charm and interesting characters on the edge of the West Coast’s west coast.

Ucluelet’s coastal climate and beautiful temperate rainforest is the perfect year-round destination; never too hot or too cold. With one of the mildest winters in Canada, where snow is a rare occurrence, parkas are not required but expect to experience all other seasons in a day and pack accordingly! You can get anything from full sun to dramatic misty morning fog to breathtaking rainstorms, sometimes in the space of an hour.

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When to Visit

With clean ocean air, breathtaking oceanside walks, temperate rain forests, stunning sunsets, and dramatic storm watching, Ucluelet is nature at its most powerful. All year long, visitors can comfortably enjoy the Wild Pacific Trail and spectacular Long Beach within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. While it’s always a good time to visit, to help you decide based on what you like to do, here’s a bit of an overview of the seasons.

April to June
This period is one of nature’s most splendid times of the year. Some April showers bring May flowers and sunnier days bring a warmer coastal climate in one of the best places to shake off the winter blues. Life on the West Coast begins to awaken; herring spawn, gray whales grace our coastline, bears come out of winter hibernation, baby eagles take their first flight, trees bud, and flowers begin to blossom.

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June to September
Summer starts in June, runs right through to September and is a beautiful time on the West Coast. Even though it’s our busiest season as we welcome visitors from all around the world, Ucluelet still has a laid-back vibe, so it never feels too crowded. Our beaches and ocean make for great family adventures or romantic strolls along the coast. Visitors experience the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in its full glory, the Wild Pacific Trail delights with spectacular vistas, and the village is alive with friends and families enjoying their vacations. There are many eco-adventures to choose from; wildlife tours, kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, scenic flights, ziplining, fishing charters, sunset cruises, or just relaxing on the beach. It is a beautiful place for everyone to relax and reconnect, but we kindly ask that you stay off the rocks. Even on calm days, rogue waves and random swells do happen and we don’t want our first responders to be part of your holiday experience. Remember to always be Coast Smart.

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October to November
As summer winds down, the forests begin to turn shades of golds, reds and browns. Autumn is one of the best times to visit Ucluelet as the days are still long and sunny, making it the perfect time of year to get out into nature. Taking long walks on the Wild Pacific Trail, going on sight-seeing tours, gliding on the ocean during a wildlife tour or kayaking trip enjoy soaking up the beauty of the wild West Coast of Vancouver Island in a relaxed and unhurried manner. For those looking for a quiet Vancouver Island getaway with the benefits of post-summer season savings, Ucluelet in the fall is pure perfection.

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November to March
While the leaves and rain begin to fall and the world slows down, it’s our time to shine! As the winter storms start rolling in, the storm watching season begins and you can see nature at its most spectacular! Nothing is more exhilarating than safely watching the raw power of mother nature unfold during a winter storm. The experience is like no other. The power and energy of big swells and mesmerizing waves pounding against the rocks can be felt while standing on the Wild Pacific Trail. Please remember the ocean is unpredictable, being on the rocks and getting sprayed when waves crash may sound fun, but winding up in the ocean isn’t. Remember to always be Coast Smart.

Bring your rain gear, also known as your ‘West Coast tuxedo’ and pack for all seasons (we can get rain, clouds and sun all in one day!). This time of year is an excellent time to travel as rates for accommodations are at their yearly low. Come to unplug and reconnect in the majestic solitude of the West Coast. After experiencing one of the many storms that batter the West Coast each winter season, it’s the perfect time to cozy up by the fire and enjoy a mulled cider or nice glass of wine.

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Love The West Coast

We want you to have the best holiday; after all, everyone deserves to relax and reconnect with themselves and their loved ones. At the risk of sounding like party-poopers, if you want to experience nature and living like a local while in Ucluelet, this is how we do it:

While we expect beautiful bluebird days, we often experience three seasons in one day; therefore, make sure you pack layers and a water/windproof jacket. Dress for the season, but prepare for anything.

We also share our home with some pretty incredible wildlife, and we want the wildlife to stay wild. Wolves and cougars are very elusive, and that’s how we like them. So, if you happen to see a bear on the side of the road, please don’t stop; blow your horn instead. It helps keep them afraid of cars and out of neighbourhoods. As enticing as it is to see a bear up close, keep your distance and book a wildlife tour. Most importantly, when you’re exploring the West Coast, pack out all of your waste; fed wildlife is dead wildlife. The more human food and waste wildlife eat, the less wild it becomes, and then Conservation Officers get called in because of nuisance wildlife. No one wants that.

Leash your furry friends; it’s for their safety and everyone’s enjoyment. Your pooch may be super friendly, but others may not be. And believe it or not, some people don’t like dogs. We have designated areas in Ucluelet where you can let your dog run off-leash; the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is not one of them.

Before an activity like surfing or walking the trails, read the signs! The ocean may look calm, but riptides and places to stay safe are key. If you’ve never surfed before, take a lesson and if you want to play in the ocean, rent a wetsuit. Also, follow the surfer instructor’s lessons; they are in safe waters. The waters in this part of the Pacific Ocean usually don’t get above 15 degrees Celsius in the summer. A wetsuit will keep you warm and enjoy the ocean a lot longer. If you need a wetsuit, you can rent or buy one in one of our local surf shops.

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Coast Safety

Near the water

  • Read the signs – literally!
  • Take time and observe the conditions closely before you step out onto the shoreline
  • Check the daily tidal information
  • Keep an eye on the incoming waves and stay alert
  • Stay in arm’s reach of your children when near the water
  • Stay off drift logs if the tide or swell is high

In the water

  • The Pacific Ocean is cold! Stay warmer with a wetsuit
  • Learn surf etiquette and how to navigate the surf zone
  • Stay in shallow water, unless you are trained and suited
  • Be alert to the effects of cold water
  • Know how to avoid a rip current, and how to escape one if caught

To find out more about enjoying the west coast safely, go to coastsmart.ca


What to Pack

When you come to Ucluelet, you’ll notice we love our activewear. There’s a reason for it—we want to be prepared for anything nature throws our way. It also means we’re ready for any activity that strikes our fancy, from hiking and biking to ziplining or strolling the beach. Packing the proper clothing for the season can make your vacation that much better. Chances are it’s going to rain at some point, so be prepared to layer up and down no matter what season it is. Here are some tips to make sure you’re ready for a good time.

It’s beautiful here in the summer, with average daytime temperatures falling between 20° and 25° Celsius. While it’s generally warm and can even get hot at times, being on the ocean means the evenings can get chilly once the sun goes down. However, as in any season in Ucluelet, be prepared for some rain to fall. We are in a temperate rainforest, after all!

What to pack for summer:

  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Warm jacket or vest
  • Good walking or hiking shoes/boots
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Brimmed hats
  • Rain jacket
  • Zip-up hoodie or fleece sweater
  • Charging cords
  • Bug spray

Spring and fall aren’t like winter, there’s less rain, and the days can be warm and sunny. However, make sure you’re ready for whatever the day’s adventures throw at you. We can often get three seasons in one day! From full sun to dramatic misty morning fog, then maybe some rain, weather changes are typical.

Things to pack for spring and fall:

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Pants
  • Sweaters
  • Rain jacket or shell jacket
  • Polar fleece liner/vest
  • Warm hat/toque
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Good walking or hiking shoes/boots
  • Waterproof boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Charging cords

Do you love the smell and sound of rain? Ucluelet is located in a coastal temperate rainforest, which means it rains here. Like you can’t imagine. It’s the best time to be on the trails during or after a good rain, everything glows bright green and smells fresh! On average, we receive around 3067 mm (120.7 inches) of rain per year. In addition to rain, winter is when the storms begin to roll in. It’s the most exciting and dramatic time of year to visit. If you’re coming up for a winter getaway, come prepared. It gets wet and you’ll get wet. If you forget something or don’t have the gear, you can find what you need in one of our local shops.

For winter we recommend you pack:

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Pants
  • Long underwear
  • Thick, breathable wool and cotton socks
  • Winter boots: insulated
  • Light gloves
  • Toque/beanie
  • Scarves or neck gaiters
  • Fleece or wool sweaters
  • Waterproof boots
  • Trail runners (waterproof or resistant)
  • A down jacket (waterproof or resistant)
  • Charging cords
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants

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