Ucluelet is a diverse community with a population of approximately 1600 year-round residents. It is located on the protected waters of Ucluelet Harbour, but is moments away from the open Pacific Ocean and Barkley Sound. The community is one of the larger hubs on the west coast and many of the region’s residents access the services here. Ucluelet has a medical clinic, grocery stores, a library, gas stations, pharmacies, daycares, restaurants, a post office, a bank, and a credit union. Ucluelet is also home to a community centre, a public aquarium, an elementary school, and a secondary school, which serves all of the high school-aged students from Ucluelet, Tofino, and the Tla-o-qui-aht, Toquaht, and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ communities.
Ucluelet harbour is one of the largest ports in British Columbia and home to a thriving charter fishing industry, as well as large First Nations and non-First Nations small boat fleet. This level of activity is a testament to the health of the resource and water quality.
Ucluelet has a wide range of accommodations available, from luxury hotels to hostels and camping. Contact the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce at 250-726-4641 to discuss accommodation options that can meet your group's needs or visit the Tourism Ucluelet for a listing of accommodation providers.
For a listing of visitor experiences including surfing, hiking, kayaking, wildlife watching, and more see here.
Ucluelet's Small Craft Harbour marine facility has 20-amp service, fresh water, a maximum draft of 3.7 metres (12 feet), and is within walking distance of the village centre. For more information please contact Harbour Master Kevin Cortes at the Harbour Office: T 250-726-4241, email.
Ucluelet has a free public boat launch to provide access to the harbour and beyond. The facility has a concrete ramp and 36.7 metres (120 feet) of dock, as well as parking for up to 10 vehicles and trailers. Ucluelet Harbour is home to two private marinas, a fuel dock, a marine ways and shipwright, a repair shop, and deep-water anchorages.
|Blackrock Oceanfront Resort||Conference Centre 140 person capacity 800 square feet||Catering available||$500|
596 Marine Drive
|Blackrock Oceanfront Resort||Wine Cellar 40 person capacity 800 square feet||Catering available||$275|
596 Marine Drive
|North Island College||2 classrooms 16 student and 8 student capacity||9 student computers ITV capability||Negotiable|
10-1636 Peninsula Road Bill Morrison
|Ucluelet Aquarium||3000 square feet 226 person capacity||Can offer a wet lab and hospital tanks to hold animals for a daily fee. If requiring tank space, requests must be received the November preceding the upcoming season.||$500-$1500|
180 Main Street
|Ucluelet Community Centre||Activity Rooms 55 person capacity 800 square feet||Kitchen on site||$20/1-2 hours $40/half day $70/full day|
500 Matterson Drive
|Ucluelet Community Centre||Community Room/Theatre 55 person capacity 850 square feet||$25/1-2 hours $50/half day $90/full day|
500 Matterson Drive
|Ucluelet Community Centre||Main Hall 415 person capacity, sitting 775 person capacity, standing||$50/1-2 hours $200/half day $350/full day + $250 returnable deposity|
500 Matterson Drive
|Ucluelet Athletic Club Hall||Large meeting room 100 person capacity 2400 square feet||Kitchen on site||$25/1-2 hours $75/half day $130/full day|
1510 Peninsula Road
|Ucluelet Secondary School||Classrooms, science labs, gymnasium,library, band room & industrial ed facilities||Limited summer access||Negotiable|
1450 Peninsula Road Carol Sedgewick or Mike Rhodes
|Ucluelet Elementary School||Classrooms Gymnasium Library||Limited summer access||No fee|
1350 Peninsula Road Jennifer Adamson
Awards & Recognition
Award of Excellence for Comprehensive & Policy Plans: recognizing the Weyerhaeuser/Ucluelet Comprehensive Development Plan (Planning Institute of British Columbia, 2006)
Bronze Innovation and Excellence award: recognizing the District of Ucluelet for its Bear Smart program (Premier of BC, February 2008)
Community Excellence Award – Leadership & Innovation: recognizing the Weyerhaeuser/Ucluelet Comprehensive Development Plan (Union of British Columbia Municipalities, 2006)
Community Excellence Award: recognizing the District of Ucluelet for small communities in the leadership and innovation category, recognizing the extensive work completed in innovative community planning, and on environmental initiatives. (Union of BC Municipalities, September 2008)
Energy Aware Award: recognizing the District of Ucluelet in the Community Planning and Development category as a result of Ucluelet’s exemplary commitment, leadership and vision in using land-use policy to drive energy, and climate progress. (Community Energy Association, September, 2007)
Global Category Award/Gold First Place – Community Sustainability (all population categories): recognizing Ucluelet (The International Awards for Liveable Communities, 2006)
Gold Award – Environmentally Sustainable Project (population under 20,000):recognizing the Ucluelet Official Community Plan (The International Awards for Liveable Communities, 2006)
National Sustainable Community Planning Award: recognizing Ucluelet’s Official Community Plan (Federation of Canadian Municipalities, 2006)
Planning of the Year Award: recognizing Felice Mazzoni, the District of Ucluelet’s past Director of Planning Services (Planning Institute of BC, April 2007)
Prestige Award: (Vancouver Island Economic Developers Association, January 2008)
Silver Award – Most Liveable Community (population under 20,000):recognizing Ucluelet (The International Awards for Liveable Communities, 2006)