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Ucluelet - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Taken on an overcast day (there are many in the Pacific Rim region), this panorama shows the marina in Ucluelet. The dominant ship in the panorama is the Canadian Princess, part of the Canadian Princess resort. It dwarfs most of the other smaller fishing and sailing boats found here. The building under construction on the shore is an indication of the growth of the tourism industry in Ucluelet.

Ucluelet - FURTHER INFORMATION

Ucluelet - Pacific Rim visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Ucluelet' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Vancouver Island.

Ucluelet is a very popular tourist and holiday destination on Vancouver Island. It is set on a peninsula in the Long Beach section of the Pacific Rim National Park on the northern edge of the Barkley Sound. The name comes from the Nuu-chah-nulth phrase, 'Yu-clutl-ahts', which roughly translates as 'People with a good canoe landing site'. As in ancient times, Ucluelet retains an close connection with the sea and thousands come each year to explore the coastline, relax on the beaches and walk in the temperate rain forest. It is very popular for whale watching, sea kayaking, surfing and fishing. Along the coast is the 8.5km Wild Pacific Trail which winds it's way from the Amphitrite Lighthouse back to Ucluelet and then further north along the beaches.

Long Beach, the most developed part of the Pacific Rim National Park with a 12 mile stretch of sand, lies next to Ucluelet, providing easy and rapid access to a vast expanse of surf-swept sand a sea, popular with surfers.

Within the town itself are numerous art galleries showing art of all kinds by many local artists. Explore sculptures and paintings that capture the heart of Vancouver Island. Ucluelet also has numerous restaurants to suit all budgets. For holiday accomodation, there are numerous hotels, motels and holiday cottages, cabins and apartments that can be rented throughout the year.

Near to Ucluelet itself is Tofino, another town famous for tourism. Take time to explore the Pacific Rim National Park beaches and walks, or take a day trip to Kennedy Lake or Sproat Lake.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

Take the Highway 4 (Pacific Rim Highway) from Parksville across Vacouver Island. At the end the highway splits turns north to Tofino. At this point follow the signs south down the Peninsula road to Ucluelet. The distance from Parksville to Ucluelet is about 150km, and can take between 2 to 3 hours.



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