Welcome to Canada’s west coast. A mysterious combination of nature, time, and place.
In the face of global economic, ecological, and spiritual challenges, there remains a place of raw, wild beauty that is a source of learning and exploration, inspiration, and hope for the future. A place so unique it was designated in 2000 as the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The west coast of Vancouver Island, BC, from Hesquiaht in the north to Ucluelet in the south, is the ultimate learning centre.
You can’t google this.
Culture, history, mystery, and legend. Science, art, ecology, and research. Surrounded by ancient rhythms and a deep connection with nature. One of the most inspiring, surprising, and iconic places on the planet, a place where history and the future collide.
See Clayoquot Sound, home to 45 endangered animal species and one of the densest areas of wildlife on the continent. Visit Meares Island to see the largest Western Red Cedars on the planet and a 2,000-year-old cedar. Learn about what happens when an ancient red cedar falls, and how Nuu-chah-nulth master carvers ask the tree for permission before giving it new life as dugout canoes. Surfing is a way of life here, with over 35 km of surfable beach breaks. Explore the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, encompassing 511 km² of land and ocean. Watch bald eagles in their natural habitat, in tall trees with nests that are often more than 2 metres or six feet across. And so much more.
For a life-changing experience, come see for yourself.
Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds present world class opportunities to get outside and experience the natural environment first hand. Outdoor activities such as surfing, kayaking, SUP, whale watching, and hiking provide experiential learning and allow edu-visitors to get to know one another while making lasting memories. Our small communities also add to the learning experience as people connect directly with residents.
Whether you are on your own or traveling with a group, there are many accommodation options to suit every budget. From hostels, campgrounds and B&B's, to deluxe hotels, beachside resorts and vacation rentals, the destination management organizations can help with your search. For Tofino accommodation click here. For Ucluelet accommodation click here.
The west coast has many services including (but not limited to!) a hospital, a post office, chiropractors, massage therapists, hair salons, pharmacies, public libraries, grocery, and liquor stores. There is a wide range of delicious fresh food & beverage options from fine dining to picnic take-out, food trucks, pubs, and more. For community services listings visit the District of Tofino and District of Ucluelet websites.