Village Life & Area Attractions
There is so much to do on our beautiful west coast, you will not want to leave.
Surfing and Boogie Boarding
There are many amazing surf beaches between Ucluelet and Tofino, most of which lie within the Pacific Rim National Park. Long Beach is the most popular surf beach that sits halfway between the two towns. For all your surfing gear and needs as well as apparel, don’t forget to hit up our local surf shop, Relic.
The waters around Ucluelet and Barklay Sound are some of the most beautiful in the world. You can’t get any closer to nature than this. Whether you just want to go for a pleasure tour through the inlet or a multi-day tour into the beautiful Barkley Sound check out some of these guys to hook you up.
Whale, Bear and Bird Watching
Tens of thousand of gray whales migrate through and to our area every year starting early April. Humpback and Orca sightings are not uncommon as well. Most tour operators will show you more than just whales. Bears are often sighted along the coastline and the sea lions and eagles might get friendly with your boat.
Fishing, Charters, Water Tours and Hot Springs Cove
This has got to be one of the best things you can do on our coast. Enjoy the beautiful Pacific Ocean while catching your dinner with your own two hands. The west coast offers some of the best sport fishing in the world, from many different species of salmon, to halibut, to a variety of different cod. For the real adventure seeker, line up a tuna fishing trip!!
If you want a boating adventure, try taking beautiful evening sunset tour aboard the ‘Raincoast Maiden’ with her wonderful hosts Toddy and Alan or head up to Tofino and catch a water taxi to Hot Springs Cove for a relaxing soak in a real hot spring.
Yes, Ucluelet has an Aquarium for those that would like to view the seas creatures but not eat them. This Aquarium is one of a kind and a must do on everybody’s list that visits our town. Its unique hands on approach and extremely knowledgeable staff will have you in awe of what lives in our pacific ocean. All creatures come directly from and are fed by our local waters.
Ucluelet boasts the longest hiking trail in the area. The Wild Pacific Trail winds our rugged coastline from one end of town to the other (8.5km). You can access different sections or do the whole hike in one shot. If you think the trail is good in the summer, visit during storm season in the winter and watch the oceans fury as it pounds against our rocky shores. There are a variety of shorter hiking trails that are all marked between the two towns as well as countless hours worth of beaches to be explored.
Access to the West Coast Trail is also possible by catching a charter to Bamfield.
Biking and Bike Rentals
There are no dedicated mountain biking trails but a bike is a cheap and efficient way to get around town or to seek out the beaches. You can rent a bike from ‘Ukee Bikes’ at the Surfs Inn, or head down into town for any extra or specialty bike needs. ‘Ukee Bikes’ also carries an assortment of boards and kites.
Shopping and Galleries
The village core and all of the towns shops are easily accessed by foot from us. There are many different galleries as well as one of a kind shops to find that unique gift.
Food and Restaurants
There are many convenience stores as well as a full grocery store walking distance away if cooking in is on your agenda. We also have a variety of restaurants for all budgets and palettes just a stroll from our doorstep. From quick and easy food for picnicking at the beach, to a floating restaurant, to Chef Richard Norwood’s exquisite cuisine at his own Norwoods Restaurant, we have it all. Oh and don’t worry, there are more than enough cafes and bakeries for you to choose from!!
If you don’t have a laptop to access our wireless network, here are some hotspots for internet, just around the corner.
There are two Laundromats just 2 blocks from the hostel.
The Lady Rose Ferry
If you’d like to make your trip more exciting coming to or leaving Ucluelet, try the ‘Lady Rose’ ferry. It takes an incredible route through Barklay Sound and works its way up the Alberni Inlet to Port Alberni.