Check out a few of Ucluelet’s cultural, ecological and historical views, along “Canada’s Surf Highway”
Each photo tagged with #therealwestcoast at the following locations will count as an entry for one of three grand prizes!
Full contest details: www.therealwestcoast.ca
Contest Checkpoint: Whiskey Landing & Mount Ozzard
Take a scenic shot from the historic Ucluelet waterfront, with mighty Mount Ozzard (pronounced oh-zard) in the background at 766 metres (2,500 feet). It’s still known as Chuumata in the Nuu-chah-nulth language.
Small Craft Harbour
Contest Checkpoint: Ucluelet Boat Basin View – With Anchor
At the Ucluelet Small Craft Harbour spot the giant, hand-forged anchor in front of this photogenic working harbour, a slice of West Coast life.
Contest Checkpoint: The Lighthouse on The Wild Pacific Trail!
While Ucluelet is named after the Nuu-chah-nulth word meaning “safe harbour”, the open ocean on its outer coast is known as the “Graveyard of the Pacific” on this coast. Your walk on the Wild Pacific Trail will give you several dramatic viewpoints of these storied waters. Get up close to the 100+ year-old Amphitrite Lighthouse!
Contest Checkpoint: Ucluelet Aquarium
Starfish, clams, green surf anemones, Californian sea cucumbers, rock fish, jelly fish, even giant Pacific Octopuses (a baby one of course), discover the fascinating marine life of the area! The creatures on display are gathered from local waters near Ucluelet and are released back into the wild at the end of each season.
Contest Checkpoint: Hidden Shipwreck on Big Beach!
Find the hidden shipwreck from 1900 on Big Beach! Accessible directly from Matterson Drive (and across from the Ucluelet Community Centre).
West-facing Big Beach is a great spot for a picnic, beach fun or a sunset at low tide. Family friendly.
The Carving Shed
Contest Checkpoint: The Carving Shed on North Chesterman Beach
Tucked away where the forest meets the beach, right by the Wickaninnish Inn, this rustic shed is a workshop for some very talented wood carvers. Warning: You may want to settle in and apprentice, too.
Weeping Cedar Woman Statue
Contest Checkpoint: Weeping Cedar Woman Statue
She was carved in 1984 by Godfrey Stephens to aid the first protests against logging the ancient rainforests of Meares Island. Politically and culturally significant, she now stands facing Meares Island Tribal Park at the Tofino Village Green playground, a reminder of Clayoquot Sound’s important environmental history.
Tonquin Trail Lookout
Contest Checkpoint: Tonquin Trail Lookout!
This new trail walks you through old-growth rainforest to small, sandy and almost secret Tonquin Beach. Get comfy in one of the coves or, if you’re lucky, see the fish jump right out of the water!
Contest Checkpoint: Anchor Park
Situated on Tofino’s historic Main Street at Third Street, this small park overlooks a working harbour and allows for views of Meares Island Tribal Park, including the colourful homes in the Tla-o-qui-aht community of Opitsaht.
Pacific Terminus Sign
Contest Checkpoint: Pacific Terminus Sign!
This is it, the end of the Trans-Canada Highway! Take that photo right in front of the hand-painted orca sign and enjoy the views and life on the First Street Dock. Although the “official” terminus is down-island in Victoria, we think you’ll agree that true end-of-the-road culture lives here, at the end of Canada’s Surf Highway.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Landmarks
Kwisitis Visitor Centre
Contest Checkpoint: Kwisitis Visitor Centre BALCONY
Situated on sandy, driftwood-bordered Wickaninnish Beach, the balcony of the Kwisitis Visitor Centre offers jaw-dropping views of the open Pacific. Don’t miss this.
Contest Checkpoint: 2 Red Adirondack Chairs
This trail, divided into parts A and B on both sides of the Pacific Rim Highway, guides you on a walk suitable for all ability levels through an ethereal old-growth forest, with helpful signage along the way. Take a photo break in the 2 red Adirondack chairs placed conveniently for an up-close view of a giant cedar.
Contest Checkpoint: The Plaque on the rock!
Named for the often-climbed rock with sweet views of Long Beach, this part of the beach is part of Canadian surf history, with visitors and residents alike changing in and out of their wetsuits here for decades. Get yours on and ride some waves, go beachcombing or settle in the sand for some YOU time. (Driving a RV? The park at in the Long Beach lot, steps away from this one.)
Contest Checkpoint: The Viewing Platform
An exhilarating bird’s eye view of Clayoquot Sound is what you’ll get here, along with the story behind Kap’Yong Memmorial and the significance of this historical site. This is one of the newest, and most spectacular viewpoints anywhere on #therealwestcoast.
Contest Checkpoint: Totem pole on the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Trail!
Tucked in behind the Kwisitis Visitor Centre on the pretty, 1.6km South Beach trail, is a beautiful totem pole. Snap your photo, then continue on and connect directly to the longer Nuu-chah-nulth Trail.
Port Alberni Landmarks
Contest Checkpoint: Any Giant Tree
Pull over and sing the praises of this glorious stand of old-growth Douglas fir trees, where you can walk a network of trails on either side of the highway.
Contest Checkpoint: Harbour View
There’s no better intro to Port Alberni than time spent at the Harbour Quay. This waterfront area offers some cool little eateries and shops (and a playground), as well as a scenic viewpoint on the Alberni Inlet, Vancouver Island’s longest inland waterway!
Contest Checkpoint: Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaler Sculture
This iconic First Nations sculpture, carved of yellow and red cedar, now lives on the boardwalk at Victoria Quay, where Johnson Road meets the Somass River.
Alberni Pacific Railway Steam Train
Contest Checkpoint: Train Station or Steam Donkey
Board this train, pulled by a restored 1929 Baldwin ex-logging locomotive at the 1912 CPR station and take the 35 ride through the city and its forested ravines to the Mclean “Steam” Sawmill. Gregarious retired loggers demonstrate the logging process of bygone days with the use of the “steam donkey”.
Sproat Lake Provincial Park
Contest Checkpoint: Petroglyphs!
Follow the shady trail at the eastern end of the Lake, and discover one of the finest panels of prehistoric petroglyphs in British Columbia. Little is known about this petroglyph, named K’ak’awin, but it isn’t hard to imagine this rock carving as depicting some mystical ancient monsters of the lake.