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Boats in Ucluelet Harbour on Vancouver Island
“Mastering a trade takes a lot of time, knowledge, and passion. Fishing is my trade.”
– Nick Yanchuck – owner / operator


Ucluelet is a small village (population about 1,800) located on the west side of Vancouver Island, northwest of the world famous Broken Group Islands which makes up part of the Pacific Rim National Park.

The name Ucluelet is a nuu-chah-nulth first nations word meaning “SAFE HARBOUR” or “SAFE LANDING PLACE”.

These indigenous people have many stories and legends about living in the Ucluelet area since the world began.

Ucluelet is also the hub for commercial fishing, sportfishing, whale watching, wild life viewing, surfing, storm watching and tourism in general. Every year, about 1 million visitors venture west to experience the wild beauty of the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island.

Many new developments are nestled in the rain forest of the area, from high end resorts to residential subdivisions.

Without question, Ucluelet’s booming tourism based economy and the breathtaking beauty of the wild West Coast is becoming one of the most sought after holiday destinations from travellers around the globe.

How to get here…

Driving: Ucluelet is accessible by road via Hwy #4 from Port Alberni. Travel time is 1.5 hours. If travelling from Vancouver, allow 5-6 hours including the ferry to Nanaimo, 4-5 hours if driving from Victoria, or 2-3 hours if driving from Nanaimo.

  • take the Island Hwy north from Nanaimo and turn off onto Hwy #4 to Port Alberni, just past the Parksville turn off
  • continue through Port Alberni following Hwy #4 and follow the signs directing you through to Ucluelet and Tofino
  • when you reach the west coast, take a left at the Travel Information junction and travel 8km to Ucluelet

Flying: You can touch down anywhere in the waters of Barkley Sound or Ucluelet Harbour by float plane or land in Tofino on their well maintained runway for fixed wheel planes.

Ferry: Enjoy a five hour mini cruise aboard the Lady Rose, a passenger ferry which runs from Port Alberni through the Broken Group Islands on one of its scheduled sailing runs. Or, if you would still like to travel by water, but get here more quickly, we have access to water taxis.