Things to do in Ucluelet and Tofino
Whale Watching and Sightseeing
Grey whales, orcas, humpbacks and the occasional minke can be seen in these Pacific Northwest waters any time of year off the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
Ucluelet is one of the mecca’s of whale watching, and many local companies with decades of experience can lead you to a great adventure. Every day is a surprise so be observant and you will be rewarded. many also specializes in whale and bear watching tours (worth doing for sure!)
Surfing in Ucluelet and Tofino
The water is a cool, yet fairly constant 10°C/50°F, making surfing a year-round activity, with some of the best rides being caught during the winter when the surf is definitely up with a strong, fairly consistent swell. A wetsuit is essential, along with recommended booties, gloves and a hood if you want to spend quality time in the water.
You can also try paddle boarding to explore the peaceful inlet and enjoy the rainforest environment in a way few people ever experience.
Local companies provide beginner and intermediate lessons for surf enthusiasts of all ages. Join in the fun and surf beautiful Wickaninnish Beach, Long Beach, and others.
Kayaking the Harbour or Broken Group Islands
Ucluelet is world class kayaking, and it’s a kayaker’s paradise – bring your own kayaks or join a guided kayaking adventure tour within the Harbour or out to the majestic Broken Group Islands.
Kayaking the calm, sheltered waters of Ucluelet Harbour (appx 3hrs) is an ideal way to discover the history, culture and industry of this working west coast harbour. Watch harbour seals, sea lions, eagles, bears and the occasional whale from your unique vantage point on the water.
Bonus: We are the ONLY property with a nice convenient kayak launch area on site because we are located on an island in the harbour. Bring your kayaks… it does not get any better for an awesome weekend getaway!
Fishing in Ucluelet
Our preferred Fishing Charter partner is Sam over at Salmon Eye Charters. He is awesome and we have preferred package rates set up for all SalmonEye guests. Just mention to Sam when booking you are from Waters Edge!
Ucluelet is fast becoming a world renowned fishing destination because it offers some of the best saltwater fishing (halibut, salmon, cod… even BC Spot Prawns and Crab!) in the Pacific Northwest. The west coast of Vancouver Island is rich in fishing history and culture. The love for the sport is evident throughout the community and once you start reeling in one fish after another, you will see why!
Millions are spent every year in Ukee by fish chartering groups. The groups are usually 3 to 4 people getting together (men and women, families) sharing the cost and hitting the open water. We have a ton of professional guides and charter companies who operate top notch, clean, well taken care of, and they are properly equipped with everything you need for a great day of fishing.
Watch SalmonEye Charters Fishing Season Highlights – WOW!
Luxury Ocean Tours
Our preferred Luxury Ocean Tour partner is Gord over at Wildrock Adventures.
Wildrock Adventures specializes in providing small, intimate, private charters. We give you the opportunity to create your day and unique experience; Ensuring an outstanding adventure. Unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Think of it as your own private boat with your own captain! No two days will be same!
Your host Gord Mackinnon is a Registered Professional Biologist with over 40 years experience in outdoor activities. Gord’s passion is fishing so you will be guided by someone with years of experience fishing the local waters. Gord’s knowledge of the area will ensure your adventure is the best possible!
Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours
Our preferred Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours partner is Alan and Toddy over at Archipelago Cruises.
Alan and Toddy Landry, invite you to spend some time with them on their boat, the “Raincoast Maiden”, which is also their home.
Alan is a seasoned mariner who has spent more than 30 years fishing commercially all over the West Coast. As someone who has always had a keen interest in history, he will be happy to share his knowledge of the area with you.
Although Alan and Toddy enjoyed their years in the fishing business, they discovered that cruising with family and friends, showing off the beauty and wildlife of Barkley Sound, was their favourite experience. This lead to their decision to become full time guides. As your hosts they offer decades of experience, and their long love affair with the area.
The Wild Pacific Trail
“It doesn’t get any better than this”
“A stunningly beautiful hike along the coast”
“Breathtakingly wild yet extraordinarily accessible”
The Wild Pacific Trail is a 7-phase trail system along the West Coast’s rugged cliffs and shoreline. You’ll discover spectacular shoreline panoramas and hike through ancient cedar and spruce-filled forest.
This trail is a spectacular hike at any time of the year, from sunrise to sunset. During the winter, the trail’s infamous storm-watching offers breath-taking views from 20 to 30 meters above surge channels and outer reefs constantly pounded by ocean swells.
During the annual gray whale migration (late February to late May), whales can be spotted less than 5 km offshore. Other ocean life can be spotted all year round, from sea lions and seals to minks and otters.
Geocaching in Ucluelet
Have you ever tried Geocaching? Bring goals to your hike with a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game that uses GPS-enabled devices. Geocaching is a game that reveals a world beyond the everyday, where the possibility of a new discovery hides under park benches, in the forest, and probably a short walk from wherever you are in Ucluelet.
There are over 25 Geocaches hidden in Ucluelet and more in the surrounding areas, all of which can be found on the Geocaching website. You will never run out of things to do in Ucluelet. Pick a cache that looks interesting to you, enter it’s coordinates into your GPS, and then embark on an adventure searching for cleverly hidden containers called geocaches.
Authentic Nuu-Chah-Nulth Art
At Cedar House Gallery Huu-Mees-Ma-As
Cedar House represent a selection of local and regional First Nations artists who work in a variety of traditional and contemporary native styles.
It’s specialize in cedar works, primarily masks, bent wood boxes, paddles and bowls. The gallery also has cedar bark hats, basketry and jewelry. They also carry a selection of original paintings, fine art prints, as well as native silver, clothing, leather and knitted goods and many more gift items to choose from.
Cedar House Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am. Their personable and professional staff are ready to assist you pick that special gift item, souvenir, or find that perfect piece for your collection.
The Culture of Ucluelet
with the Pacific Rim Art Society (PRAS)
Over the years, PRAS has introduced hundreds of community members and visitors to the work of local and visiting artists, including visual artists, actors, writers, film makers, dancers, and musicians.
The Pacific Rim Arts Society has over 90 ongoing year-round arts and culture activities to Tofino, Ucluelet and local First Nations communities. See their Festivals and Programs by visiting their website.
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
Celebrating 100th Years In 2015
Come and pay a visit to one of the most famous lighthouses in the world! The lighthouse is easily found and well marked. It offers amazing sunrises and sunset views and if you are lucky, you might see some whales from the rocky shoreline. Here is a link to Google satellite to help with directions.
One of the nicest things to do while at the Lighthouse is to complete The Lighthouse Loop walk. It is just 2.5km and part of the Wild Pacific Trail. It offers dramatic views of Barkley Sound. This loop can be completed in 45-60 minutes and offers several viewpoints and bench lookouts. Take a short walk around the station and you will find signage directing you to the trail. You may also choose to start at the He-Tin-Kis Park parking lot on Peninsula Road.
The Lighthouse has some amazing history, and this lighthouse blog is a great place to learn more.
Did you know: Over 400 million Windows computers have The Amphitrite Point lighthouse as their ‘landscape desktop’ picture. Check it out on your computer… it’s true!