Things to do in Ucluelet and Tofino
Guests are never at a loss for local flavour, wide selection and friendly surroundings.
Each spring between the first of March through to late April some 20,000 gray whales migrate north to their summer feeding grounds in Alaska. Some pass close enough to shore to be easily watched right from the Inn. Many gray and humpback whales actually stay in the area so they are visible from March right through November. We have a powerful set of tripod-mounted binoculars that allow you to follow the whales as they swim past the Inn. For a close encounter with the whales we recommend that you take a tour with the experts at Subtidal Adventures and Cameron Ocean Adventures.
Ucluelet has been a paddler’s paradise as far back as when the Nootka Indians traveled these waters in great ocean-going cedar canoes. The 100 small islands comprising the Broken Group Islands have beaches, lagoons, a large resident eagle community and many hidden channels virtually free of currents. There are many options available to you from a 3 hours harbour tour to an all day adventure to the Broken Group Island that includes lunch on a deserted island. Majestic Kayaking can take you to these fantastic locations whether you are a beginner or experienced kayaker.
The Wild Pacific Trail
The waves seen here are products of a recent winter storm. This point is a magical spot to watch the BIG waves, whales or huge freighters on their way across the Pacific ocean. The Wild Pacific Trail winds along the rugged coast from a position just out of this picture and offers views unparalleled anywhere in the world. The trail can be accessed right from the end of our driveway. As a courtesy we will supply you with detailed trail maps. You have the option to do Phase I a 2.5km. loop or the more ambitious Phase II a 4.5km. hike.
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.
No other place on the B.C. coast can match Ucluelet in terms of consistent season-long fishing action. The coastline around Ucluelet is a feeding and spawning destination of some of the largest runs of chinook and coho salmon. Our halibut grounds are renowned worldwide as offering some of the best halibut fishing experiences to be had anywhere.
Cameron Ocean Adventures offers 4, 6 and 8-hour private salmon and halibut fishing charters aboard their 35-foot luxury motor yacht. They offer quality fishing gear and tackle, modern navigation and safety equipment and experience, knowledgeable fishing guides.
Pacific Rim National Park
Pacific Rim National Park is on a broad coastal plain located between the villages of Ucluelet, in Barkley Sound, and Tofino, in Clayoquot Sound. The most famous features of the region are the long, sandy beaches of Wickaninnish Bay, stretching for 16 km (10 miles) and Florencia Bay, to the south, an additional 6.4 km. (4 miles) long. There are numerous trails that wander through the rain forest and most end up at secluded coves. Be sure to visit Kwisitis Visitor Centre an interpretive centre on Wickaninnish Beach that highlights the cultural heritage of the area.
Imagine being so close you can listen to the breathing of a black bear while he turns over boulders in search of shore crabs. See eagles, sea lions and the occasional wolf. Do all this aboard a comfortable vessel equipped with a heated cabin, washroom and viewing deck.
Our recommended tour in Ucluelet is Subtitle Adventures and in Tofino Browning Pass Charters.In the fall you can visit a local hatchery in Ucluelet harbour and watch black bears catch salmon as they head to their spawning grounds. Browning Pass Charters offers a tour to Catherine’s Floating Gardens in Freedom Cove, unique and a must see.
Float Plane Tours
They call him “Louis the Fly Guy” an affectionate name for a highly skilled long time wilderness pilot and his beloved seaplane. Try watching whales from above, getting a close up view of this wonderful coastline, or setting down at the Hot Springs when the crowds are gone. The tours start from the harbour (2 minutes away) with many options to choose from including flights over the glacier as well as the many picturesque water falls that are high up in the surrounding mountains. For a classic west coast adventure contact West Coast Wild Adventures for more details.
Golf the West Coast
The Long Beach Golf Course, a 9 hole championship course is also known to be one of the most challenging courses on Vancouver Island. Surrounded by the ancient rainforest of Clayoquot Sound to the north and the breathtaking beauty of Barkley Sound in the south, Long Beach Golf Course invites you to experience this course in its unsurpassed location. One of the amazing features of this course is that it is open for play 12 months of the year. The on-site restaurant is a great place to relax after a scenic round of golf. (Opened seasonally)
Treat yourself to a leisurely trip abroad the luxurious 53 ft. motor yacht “Raincoast Maiden” as it cruises through the rugged and beautiful Barkley Sound. Enjoy panoramic views from the warmth of the salon or get a true bird’s eye view from the command bridge. Your hosts, Al and Toddy of Archipelago Cruises will share their decades of experience and love for this very special area. This all day cruise is very popular with our guests and include a gourmet lunch onboard this luxury yacht. For more cruise options and pricing we suggest you visit their website.
Zipline Eco Tour
Welcome to Ha’uukmin Tribal Park with West Coast Wild Adventures where you will glide over and explore a beautiful river canyon and forest trails, while your experienced zip line guides insure your safety and enjoyment. Afraid of heights? Not to worry- their guides are right by your side every step of the way. They will continuously check over your gear, hook you up, send you off, and safely brake you at each landing platform. You’ll soar like an eagle over this amazing river canyon and stimulate your senses to the max. You must be at least 10 years of age and weight less than 280lbs.
The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is the surfing capital of Canada. The long, open shoreline with rolling swells makes it a perfect spot for those who love to ride the waves.
Surfing is done year round because the ocean temperature stays around 50ºF/10ºC all year. The water may be a little chilly, but in the last 10 years wetsuit technology has come a long way making surfing a lot warmer and very comfortable. There is a number of surf schools, equipment rentals and outfitters that can accommodate the needs of both beginners and experts for the Ucluelet surfing experience!
It Will Take Your Breath Away
The perfect home away from home. Ideally situated on the Wild Pacific Trail, A Snug Harbour Inn is also conveniently close to the Pacific Rim National Park and Long Beach, where you will find numerous hiking trails, secluded coves, many forms of wildlife and miles of beaches to explore.