Ucluelet is one of Vancouver Island’s top destinations for outdoor enthusiasts, and travellers looking for adventure. Discover some of the best activities the area has to offer.
Wild Pacific Trail
The Wild Pacific Trail is one of Ucluelet’s best known hiking hot-spots. This easy, family-friendly trail traces the edges of reefs, ocean, rainforest, and old growth in one of the most beautiful destinations on the island. The trails also feature a variety of artist lookouts, perfect spots to stop and let nature take your breath away.
There are several loops within the Wild Pacific Trail including the Ucluelet Lighthouse Loop and Ancient Cedars Loop Trail.
The Ucluelet Aquarium is a non-profit society based in the heart of downtown Ucluelet. The stunning building looks out onto the Ucluelet inlet, where locals and travellers alike can learn about the remarkable biodiversity of the area through interactive exhibits.
Fun fact? The Ucluelet Aquarium is Canada’s first “catch-and-release” aquarium, where each season our local biologists catch new specimens for exhibits, releasing them back into their natural habitat at the end of the season.
Surfing is one of the top outdoor activities to do on this side of Vancouver Island, and Ucluelet offers some of Canada’s best waves. There’s a wave and board for every level, and plenty of local shops to cater to expert surfers and beginners who want to try the sport.
Long Beach Surf Shop
Long Beach Surf Shop is a great stop for surfboard and SUP rentals for the whole family. It also features a great retail space, and plenty of boards for surfers interested in upgrading their kit. They can also call down to the Tofino outpost if you can’t find what you’re looking for there. Located at 2060 Peninsula Drive.
Relic Surf Shop
Relic Surf Shop and Surf School is a local favourite, located next to Howler’s Restaurant. With a huge selection of surf rental gear, surf lessons, SUP tours- you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for here. There’s also an awesome retail space that features Relic’s own clothing brand. Located at 1998 Peninsula Road.
Wick’d Surf Camps + Lessons
Locally run, Wick’d Surf offers camps and surf lessons for all ages. Featuring small class sizes, this is the perfect place if you’re looking for a private introduction to surfing in a safe space. Located at 1559 Imperial Lane.
EndlessRide provides surf lessons, stand up paddle board tours, personal training and boot camp, and surf yoga camp retreats with fully certified instructors – perfect for both experienced and beginner surfers. Located in Ucluelet, BC.
Archipelago Cruises offers a unique yet personal approach to whale and wildlife tours aboard a stunning luxury yacht. Featuring tours that take place in both the Barkley Sound and Broken Group Islands, this is an awesome tour to add to your Ucluelet trip. Located at 1943 Peninsula Road.
Subtidal Adventures offers year-round adventures including whale watching, bear watching, sunset photography tours, and harbour adventures on both zodiac and cabin-style vessels. Located at 1950 Peninsula Road.
Cameron Ocean Adventures
Cameron Ocean Adventures offers world-class fishing charters and whale watching tours. Or you can choose your own adventure by selecting one of their custom tour options. Located at 160 Main Street
Jamies Whaling Station
Jamie’s is well-known across Vancouver Island for their top-of-the-line family-friendly tours. Featuring both zodiac-style boats and large cruising vessels, they offer whale watching tours between March and October. Located at 168 Fraser Lane.
Storm watching is a major highlight of Ucluelet’s winter season, and offers an incredibly remarkable opportunity to cozy up by a fire, watching the waves crash on the rugged and wild coastline. Best experienced in the winter months, although big storms have been known to hit any time of year.
For some of the best storm watching indoors, check out Black Rock’s front row seats at one of their two restaurants. Otherwise, to take it all in in nature, head to the Wild Pacific Trail for a real wet and wild treat.
Hello Nature Adventure Tours recognises and supports the indigenous rights and title of the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Ucluelet, Toquaht and Tseshaht - the first peoples of the lands and waters now called Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound.