Seat of the Pants Guide to the Wet Coast

Luke

Seat of the Pants Guide to the Wet Coast

Neighbourhoods
Ucluelet is to Tofino what Canmore is to Banff, or what Pemberton is to Whistler: Far less touristy and more relaxed. Many Tofitians have moved here in recent years to get away from the congested summer crowds and inflated real estate prices of Tofino. Ukee still manages to keep that chilled out working class town vibe. Though the town is experiencing growth and is up and coming, it still manages to keep its local vibe. You won't find long sandy beaches in Ukee but there are some great rocky promontories, trails and smaller gravel beaches to run the dog or chill out on. You also won't find huge crowds as you might at Cox Bay during summer. You WILL find parking anywhere at any time of year!
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Ucluelet
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Ucluelet is to Tofino what Canmore is to Banff, or what Pemberton is to Whistler: Far less touristy and more relaxed. Many Tofitians have moved here in recent years to get away from the congested summer crowds and inflated real estate prices of Tofino. Ukee still manages to keep that chilled out working class town vibe. Though the town is experiencing growth and is up and coming, it still manages to keep its local vibe. You won't find long sandy beaches in Ukee but there are some great rocky promontories, trails and smaller gravel beaches to run the dog or chill out on. You also won't find huge crowds as you might at Cox Bay during summer. You WILL find parking anywhere at any time of year!
A must visit boasting world class restaurants, hotels, and sandy beaches. The view of the harbour is sure to take all your attention as you drive in - drivers try to keep your attention on the road! Surfer's cold water paradise with five beach breaks within a ten minute drive. Unique people, places, and a quirky local vibe that moves to the beat of its own drum. Time seems to move differently here and the day is best spent "in the moment". Note to solo travelers: who knows where you will wind up? It is a gateway for boat trips up to the Hot Springs, fishing, kayaking, and whale watching. It also serves as a transport hub for the native communities and wilderness lodges nearby. Best visited during Sep and Oct once the summer crowds have departed and the weather is still good.
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Tofino
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A must visit boasting world class restaurants, hotels, and sandy beaches. The view of the harbour is sure to take all your attention as you drive in - drivers try to keep your attention on the road! Surfer's cold water paradise with five beach breaks within a ten minute drive. Unique people, places, and a quirky local vibe that moves to the beat of its own drum. Time seems to move differently here and the day is best spent "in the moment". Note to solo travelers: who knows where you will wind up? It is a gateway for boat trips up to the Hot Springs, fishing, kayaking, and whale watching. It also serves as a transport hub for the native communities and wilderness lodges nearby. Best visited during Sep and Oct once the summer crowds have departed and the weather is still good.
Most will only stop for gas on the way to the west coast, but that would be a mistake. Sproat Lake - The second largest and best lake on Vancouver Island. Comfortably warm during summer, houseboat rentals, cliff jumping, water sports, petroglyphs, fishing, camping, vacation rentals. Harbor Quay - clock tower, park, waterfront promenade, galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants, farmer's markets all summer, huge salmon festival on Labor Day weekend. McLean Mill - the first steam powered mill built 100 years ago, still runs, National Historic Site. Stamp Falls - watch the mighty Pacific salmon migrate upriver to spawn during the fall season.
Port Alberni
Most will only stop for gas on the way to the west coast, but that would be a mistake. Sproat Lake - The second largest and best lake on Vancouver Island. Comfortably warm during summer, houseboat rentals, cliff jumping, water sports, petroglyphs, fishing, camping, vacation rentals. Harbor Quay - clock tower, park, waterfront promenade, galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants, farmer's markets all summer, huge salmon festival on Labor Day weekend. McLean Mill - the first steam powered mill built 100 years ago, still runs, National Historic Site. Stamp Falls - watch the mighty Pacific salmon migrate upriver to spawn during the fall season.
Food scene
Under new ownership and now named Pluvio, this fine dining spot is THE fine dining restaurant in Ucluelet. Extensive cocktail menu, thoughtful wine list, and ever-changing seasonal menus from Wickanninnish Inn alumnus Chef Warren Barr. Weekly fresh pasta night is a hit with the locals! If you've got a Date Night planned, this is the place - start with appies and cocktails, and see where it goes...
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Pluvio restaurant and rooms
1714 Peninsula Rd
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Under new ownership and now named Pluvio, this fine dining spot is THE fine dining restaurant in Ucluelet. Extensive cocktail menu, thoughtful wine list, and ever-changing seasonal menus from Wickanninnish Inn alumnus Chef Warren Barr. Weekly fresh pasta night is a hit with the locals! If you've got a Date Night planned, this is the place - start with appies and cocktails, and see where it goes...
Great from scratch bakery, desserts, soup, sandwiches, and coffee. Everything on the menu is delicious and reasonably priced. Kid's Menu too!
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Zoe's Bakery and Cafe
250 Main St
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Great from scratch bakery, desserts, soup, sandwiches, and coffee. Everything on the menu is delicious and reasonably priced. Kid's Menu too!
Good coffee, fast service, cozy space.
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Barkley Cafe
1-1636 Peninsula Rd
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Good coffee, fast service, cozy space.
All day breakfast. Big portions. Caesars. During summer, huge patio with views of harbor.
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The Blue Room, A West Coast Bistro
1627 Peninsula Rd
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All day breakfast. Big portions. Caesars. During summer, huge patio with views of harbor.
Licensed. Wing night on Wed. Arcade, pinball, pool tables, and bowling. Rainy day entertainment for the whole family!
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Howler's Family Restaurant and Amusements
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Licensed. Wing night on Wed. Arcade, pinball, pool tables, and bowling. Rainy day entertainment for the whole family!
Right on the water in the Boat Basin and within view from the condo. Open May - Oct. Mid-range menu. Great spot for a bite and a beverage.
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Floathouse Restaurant
200 Hemlock St
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Right on the water in the Boat Basin and within view from the condo. Open May - Oct. Mid-range menu. Great spot for a bite and a beverage.
Sightseeing
Learn about local ocean life first hand. Stylish building design. Release Day at end of season is a party!
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Ucluelet Aquarium
180 Main Street
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Learn about local ocean life first hand. Stylish building design. Release Day at end of season is a party!
Ukee's iconic lighthouse. Come during good weather for sunsets. Come during fog to hear it. Come during storms to watch it.
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Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
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Ukee's iconic lighthouse. Come during good weather for sunsets. Come during fog to hear it. Come during storms to watch it.
Great views from rocky headlands and a walk through the rain forest.
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Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, BC
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Great views from rocky headlands and a walk through the rain forest.
Walk the beach and check out the whale skeleton and bathysphere in the nearby interpretive center.
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Wickaninnish Beach
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Walk the beach and check out the whale skeleton and bathysphere in the nearby interpretive center.
Nightlife
Non-members welcome (sign in at the door). Meet the locals. Some unique characters here. Good vibes only. Open late. Live music / DJ venue. Darts, Pool, Foosball, Beers. Cash only.
Army Navy & Air Force Veterans Club
1708 Peninsula Rd
Non-members welcome (sign in at the door). Meet the locals. Some unique characters here. Good vibes only. Open late. Live music / DJ venue. Darts, Pool, Foosball, Beers. Cash only.
Local watering hole a five minute walk away at Island West Marina. Familiar pub menu; big burgers. Pool, darts, beers.
Eagle's Nest Pub
140 Bay St
Local watering hole a five minute walk away at Island West Marina. Familiar pub menu; big burgers. Pool, darts, beers.
Recently opened in newly renovated St. Aidan's On-the-Hill de-consecrated church! Beers, beers, beers. Cider for the non-beer drinkers. Small menu. Great views from the patio.
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Ucluelet Brewing Company
1601 Peninsula Road
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Recently opened in newly renovated St. Aidan's On-the-Hill de-consecrated church! Beers, beers, beers. Cider for the non-beer drinkers. Small menu. Great views from the patio.

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Fraze utile

It's pronounced "Ukee"

Talk like a west coaster and call Ucluelet "Ukee". It sounds more authentic, and there'll be less tripping over syllables!
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Rain Gear

Are you travelling outside of peak summer season? Pack rain gear! - Shell / Windbreaker (all year) + Quality rain jacket (Oct - May) + Rubber boots and rain pants (Nov - Mar)
Obiceiuri și cultură

Local nomenclature

Ucluetians = people who live in Ucluelet Tofitians = people who live in Tofino Tuff, Tuff City = local names for Tofino Ukee = local name for Ucluelet The Junction = Intersection between Tofino, Ukee, and Hwy 4 to Port Alberni Port = Port Alberni Choo = First Nations dialect for a casual goodbye
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Wild Pacific Trail

A trail network in Ucluelet, running along the tip of the peninsula's rocky headlands. Fantastic views and the Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. Hear the Red and Green Can buoys. The entire trail can be walked in a couple of hours.
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Book, beach chair

It's very easy to spend half a day on the beach if you have these things.
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Buy food in Alberni

If you plan on doing lots of cooking (or have a family to feed) consider stopping in Alberni on the way out to the coast and filling your cooler. Groceries are significantly cheaper in Alberni than Tofino / Ukee. Stop at Extra Foods (bring a loonie for the shopping cart and be aware they don't accept Visa). Or, go to Buy Low Foods just down the Johnston St hill where shopping carts are free to use and they do take Visa. There's also Quality Foods on the other side of town (best grocery store in Alberni).
Deplasarea și accesul

Expect Delays on HWY 4 Alberni - Ucluelet/Tofino

There is a big construction project on Hwy 4 at Kennedy Lake. Expect closures and alternating traffic at all times of day. No cell service. Facebook serach "EAC HWY 4 Conditions" or check Drive BC website for current closure schedule.
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Tofino Public Market

Every Sat, late morning to early afternoon from May - Sep in the Tofino Village Green. Mostly crafts/arts but also some food and drink.
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Pete's Meats Sandwiches

On the way through Port Alberni do yourself a favor and visit this deli. The sandwiches are awesome! The butcher counter and deli are also awesome! It's at Johnson and Gertrude in the historic Post Office building. Grab a sandwich and stock up here for your beachfire smokies and BBQ steaks. This is one of my go-to's.
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Cloth shopping bags

All Tofino / Ukee grocery stores and restaurants are plastic bag and plastic straw free.
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Swimming Pool Next Door

Drop in open to public and right next door. West Coast motel. Passes at front desk.