March is an amazing time to visit Ucluelet. Here’s why…
It’s quieter than peak season, accommodations are competitively priced, beach season is around the corner and the area’s natural beauty is in full-bloom, offering picture-perfect views as far as the eye can see.
Stay in classic Canadian cabins, sleep steps away from beaches in eco-yurts, and spend quality time in family friendly campgrounds; all within minutes of world famous Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the Wild Pacific Trail. From stunning oceanfront resorts to beautiful B&B’s nested amongst B.C.’s majestic rainforest, Ucluelet will make you feel at-home on the edge of the world.
Here are five reasons to visit this spring.
The chance to catch some waves
Relic Surf Shop has been one of the area’s top surf companies for over a decade; designed to meet the needs of both local surfers and those visiting the area. They are especially proud of being family friendly (kids have an awesome time taking lessons with Mom and Dad!). The shop offers a huge selection of rental gear in addition to group or private lessons with fully certified surf instructors.
A lesson with Relic Surf School will take you into the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, just 12km from Ucluelet (20 minutes). Once there, Relic’s certified and experienced instructor/lifeguards will help you get geared up and ready for fun. With affordable rates, this is absolutely the best way to enjoy the West Coast water. They also offer a budget friendly ‘Surf & Stay’ at their beautiful Surfs Inn Guesthouse & Cottages. PS: Their staff is super friendly!
A true kayaking adventure
For over 25 years, Majestic Ocean Kayaking has been providing visitors to the Island the very special opportunity to explore the area’s picturesque coastline. During Spring season Majestic offers some fantastic Ucluelet Harbour kayaking. The protected waters of the Harbour allow for a beautiful couple hour excursion. Explore tiny islands and quiet coves, and camp on white sandy beaches. Watch for whales, eagles, bears and intertidal life as certified kayak guides share their extensive knowledge of the rich natural and cultural history of the west coast.They even offer inclusive multi-day tours complete with gourmet meals!
Fascinating marine life
This Spring, get up close and personal with fascinating marine life at the Ucluelet Aquarium’s touch tanks and giant tidal pool. The Ucluelet Aquarium is one of Canada’s largest Catch & Release Eco Aquariums. Listen as their passionate and knowledgeable interpreters explain the mysteries of the sea through guided tours and special events celebrating the amazing array of incredible marine life found in the waters around Ucluelet.
You’ll get a rare view of the fish and invertebrates that call Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds home around Ucluelet. In addition to showcasing the area’s phenomenal marine life, the Ucluelet Aquarium also focuses on environmental and preservation project. All donations and entry fees go back to support each of these amazing initiatives.
The Island’s coziest accommodations
Stay at Water’s Edge Shoreside Suites, it is consistently one of Trip Advisors top rated award winning properties. With views of the Ucluelet Inlet & Marina from each of their peaceful harbour suites, this is the perfect home base to explore Ucluelet, Tofino, the Pacific Rim National Park and the region’s kilometres of glorious sandy beaches. While the location’s great, guests may not want to leave; private outdoor tubs, spacious rooms, full kitchens and fantastic storm watching vantage points make for a unforgettable stay in Ucluelet.
The most beautiful trail in B.C.
Wild Pacific Trail never disappoints; Trip Advisor guests rank it as the #1 trail on all of Vancouver Island!! Relish the area’s dramatic beauty under the forest canopy, take in postcard-perfect viewpoints and enjoy the easy, family-friendly trail system as it traces the rugged coastline, revealing reefs, shipwrecks and whale sightings along the way.
The trail can be walked in two main sections. Section one is a loop starting near the lighthouse (overlooking the Broken Group Islands of Pacific Rim National Park). Section two extends 5 km north from Big Beach Park. From there you can follow the wind-sculpted coastline to Ancient Cedars grove, where you’ll be able to hug trees that are over 800 years-old!
Wild Pacific Trail is the perfect destination for photographers, storm and bird watchers and hikers of all abilities (wheelchair access is available at the lighthouse area), and is an absolute must for anyone visiting the island.
Ready to spring into life on the Island? To learn more visit DiscoverUcluelet.com