Things to do in Ucluelet & Tofino
Immerse yourself in friendly surroundings. Embark on adventures. Experience local flavours.
Ucluelet and Tofino are world class kayaking destinations, and it’s a kayaker’s paradise; join a guided kayaking adventure tour within the Ucluelet 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. It does not get any better for an awesome getaway!
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 are Tofino are the mecca’s of whale watching, and many local companies with decades of experience can lead you to a great adventure such as Jamie’s Whaling Station and Subtidal Adventures. 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!)
The water in Ucluelet and Tofino 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.
Zipline Eco Tour
Six of the most amazing Zip-lines take you through ancient growth Rain Forest; soaring above the canyon and Kennedy River.
This is one of the ‘DO NOT MISS’ beautifully stunning zip-line cultural eco tours to add to your time on the West Coast. WestCoast Wild is located in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Territory, The Ha’uukmin Tribal Park; one of the most beautiful areas on Vancouver Island. Join our team of professional guides as they take you on a breathtaking zip-line experience like you’ve never had before! Great for all ages and a multi year top Trip Advisor award winner, including the coveted “Hall of Fame” designation. You’ll zip over and explore a beautiful river canyon and forest trails, while your experienced zip-line guides insure your safety and enjoyment.
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.
Tofino Food Tours
This is an amazing food tour for foodies! The Tofino Food Tour is a 2.5-3 hour journey through the picturesque town of Tofino. During the tour, you’ll have the experience of tasting some incredibly delicious food from some of Tofino’s most popular restaurants & food vendors. If you love seafood, you’re going to love this tour. You’ll be tasting all sorts of wonderful dishes featuring seafood caught right here in Clayoquot Sound. You’ll also taste local craft beer, freshly made doughnuts, delectable meats, cheeses, jellies, jams and a lot more.
When you’re not eating, we’ll also stuff your head full of all sorts of knowledge about Tofino as you walk throughout the town. You’ll learn about a haunted restaurant, celebrities that love Tofino, the rich history of the town and more.
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 Salmon Eye 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 Salmon Eye Charters Fishing Season Highlights – WOW!
Fishing Charters & Whale Watching
Our preferred Fishing Charters and Whale Watching partner is Cameron over at Cameron Ocean Adventures
Have an experience of a lifetime in a top notch sport fishing and whale watching aboard our 35′ and 43′ luxury motor yachts based in beautiful Ucluelet, British Columbia.
Get ready for a wonderful trip, with memories that will last a lifetime. We are one of the top Ucluelet Whale Watching companies and Ucluelet Fishing Charter!
Cameron Ocean Adventures offers two fully insured and licensed 35 and 43 foot motor yachts, quality fishing gear and tackle, modern navigation + safety equipment, an experienced, knowledgeable, local fishing guides, and fishing within world famous salmon and halibut grounds.
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.
Visitors to the Ucluelet Aquarium can expect an up close and personal encounter with a diversity of local marine life. They provide a stimulating “hands on” learning environment for people of all ages. All of the display specimens were gathered in local waters right outside the aquarium’s doorstep. With so many beautiful and interesting creatures to learn about locally, there is simply no need to import species from other regions. The creatures you’ll see on display are released back into the wild. Knowledgeable staff members are always available to answer your questions.
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
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.
At Cedar House Gallery Huu-Mees-Ma-As
Cedar House represents a selection of local and regional First Nations artists who work in a variety of traditional and contemporary native styles.
It specializes 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.
Pacific Rim Eco Tours
Enjoy a 2.5-hr scenic bicycle tour of the spectacular Ucluelet Peninsula on our state-of-the-art Giant Explore E-3 E-Bikes.
Our knowledgeable guides will ensure your questions are answered and your trip is epic! Take in the stunning West Coast scenery as you cruise along effortlessly. Even riding up hills is a breeze when the electric bike’s pedal assist mode is engaged.
Our friendly and professional E-bike guide will take you on a tour of the beautiful Ucluelet peninsula, showcasing points of interest including historic Ucluelet harbor, Amphitrite Lighthouse, Big Beach and the rugged coastline cliffs.
* To maximize guest safety and enjoyment, our guide-to-guest ratio is always 1:6 or better. Minimum age: 16 yrs. Minimum fitness level required: low/moderate – If you can ride a bike, you can ride the E-bike!
ATV Tours to Virgin Falls/Barkley Sound viewpoint
This custom tour is suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Traveling by off road vehicle on unmaintained roads through the rugged and temperate west coast rainforest, you can expect views of Tofino Inlet that many have never seen before. This tour can also offer great opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat such as bear, deer, eagles and many other bird species!
Upon arrival you can hear the rush of the waterfall, and a short walk opens into one of the Island’s most rare gems, Virgin Falls. Here you can enjoy the serenity of nature at its finest, whether you choose to just sit back and enjoy the sound of the waterfall cascading down the mountain or go for a swim in the pristine pool that surrounds the falls. This is an amazing location to experience Tofino’s backcountry and enjoy a picnic lunch that is provided for guests to enjoy!
Afterwards, continue this exhilarating ride to a mountaintop vista overlooking the Broken Group Islands!
West Coast Wild Adventures
Whale Watching, Scenic Flights & Custom Charters
Make it a vacation to remember and ask Louie to show you around the island. You will be amazed at the views from his Cessna 18 Float Plane! Take a flight to the Hot Springs, visit a Glacier Lake, or spend some time on your own Private Island in the Pacific… Louie can make it happen!