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The village of Ucluelet is a seaside community framed by magnificent views of the wild Pacific Ocean. Ucluelet offers plenty of outdoor adventures. The Nuu-cha-nulth native Indians used the name Ucluelet, which means `safe Harbour` when they settled a fishing village in the area centuries ago, and is the Gateway to the Broken Group Islands. Industry was established when a fur trading post was built, followed by a sawmill and logging operation in the 1880's and the growing fishing industry in the 1920's. Ucluelet remains the third largest port in BC for landed fish catch. The forest industry remains important in the fabric of this West Coast community. The harbour bustles with a mixture of classic fishing boats and modern yachts. Numerous picnic areas along beaches and rocky coast offer spectacular views and, in winter time, the storm watching is among the world’s best.
Several bigger city restaurateurs have opted for the quieter life and provide Ucluelet with exceptional dining experiences not normally found in such small places. Fresh local seafood is naturally an Ucluelet specialty and is featured on most menus. Accommodation varies from cost-conscious selections to secluded, romantic places. Everything focuses on the Pacific Ocean; fishing, whale watching, nature cruises, eco adventures, beachcombing, sea kayaking and diving draw visitors from around the world. Prime time for whale watching vacations is from mid-March to mid-April when Pacific grey whales are on their migration route from Mexico to the Arctic Ocean.
Summer brings national and local artists to the Summer Arts Festival and the Arts School, while Ukee Days features logger sports and children's shows. Nearby Pacific Rim National Park and Long Beach offer miles of sandy beaches, ideal for beachcombing. From the inner harbour, watch the fishing vessels, eagles, sea lions, seals and river otters. Go diving, boating, canoeing, and kayaking in Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands. Walking and biking trails traverse the West Coast rainforest. Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands are a stunning setting for British Columbia eco adventures. This is the place where land and ocean meet, developing a tranquil travel destination identity along the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island