Tofino and Ucluelet
The communities of Tofino and Ucluelet are located along the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Tofino is considered a reigning jewel of the Canadian west coast with its stunning beauty and rugged Pacific Ocean coastline. Located in the Clayoquot Sound on the western coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino has a population of about 2,000 and features a unique ecological diversity that has been declared an official Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
While Tofino is known as a relaxed, easy-going frontier town, it also boasts a number of ritzy beachfront resorts, remarkable restaurants and a vibrant arts scene rooted in nature and First Nations culture.
The area in and around Tofino is a true natural wonder, offering limitless outdoor possibilities: fishing, kayaking, whale-watching, wildlife-viewing, camping, storm-watching, cultural excursions, surfing, hiking and other activities.
An extensive system of scenic trails in and around Tofino - and the Pacific Rim National Park - makes it easy to enjoy the area's distinct ecosystem, spectacular beauty, lush rainforests and sandy beaches.
Pronounced "Yew-Kloo-Let," the name means "safe harbour" in the language of the Aboriginal Nuu-chah-nulth people. (Though locals now simply call their town "Ukee," and visitors are welcomed to do the same.)
Ucluelet (or Ukee) has a population of nearly 1,500 and shares the scenic Ucluth Peninsula on the west coast of Vancouver Island with Tofino.
An ideal place to explore the west coast of Canada's West Coast, the Ucluelet area presents a number of incredible outdoor experiences - including whale-watching, wildlife-viewing, fishing, surfing, hiking, biking, ocean kayaking, zip lining and more.
The area also boasts one of BC's most beloved nature reserves, the Pacific Rim National Park - regarded as one of Canada's most extraordinary national parks for its misty rainforests, majestic cedars, unique ecosystem and seemingly endless stretch of postcard beaches.