21 Things To Do In Ucluelet

Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island is a trendy surfer-inspired community called Ucluelet, BC. Over the last few years Ucluelet has experienced a surge in tourism from visitors around North America and as a result has grown into a tourist destination with some of British Columbia’s most incredible outdoor activities from surfing, fishing, hiking, and boating. There are plenty of things to do in Ucluelet, and we’re going to dive into them all – or at least most of them.

Many people may recall seeing Ucluelet’s signage on route to Tofino, BC. While these two neighboring communities have a lot in common, they both cater to a slightly different audience. Tofino has been recognized as Canada’s top surfing destination for decades and has a large appeal to visitors seeking a more surfer-like experience. In contrast, Ucluelet tends to attract a slightly more west coast mountain biker-type audience.

While this town may appear small, the list of possible things to do in Ucluelet is enormous!

1. Surfing

Out of all the things to do in Ucluelet, surfing is among the most popular! This surfer community shares the coastline with Tofino, BC, and has some of the best surfing in North America.

Check out Relic Surf Shop for the best quality and price-point for your surfboard rental needs. They have a conveniently located surf rental and retail shop with everything you might need.

Ucluelet Beach, Pacific Rim

2. Paddle Boarding

If surfing is a bit too radical for you, then consider going paddle boarding! This popular activity is a huge hit with younger families looking for a safe and affordable alternative to surfing. Ucluelet has a very calm inlet that is perfect for families looking for a relaxing float.

paddle boarding in ucluelet

3. Custom Yacht Charters

Big budget? Book a big boat! Cameron Ocean Adventures offers custom yacht charter tours that are out of this world. Bring yourself and 7 others on a 35-foot luxury yacht to experience a true west coast sunset cruise.

yacht charters in ucluelet

4. Ocean Kayaking

For over 25 years, Majestic Ocean Kayaking has been providing ocean kayak tours for adventurers alike. Due to high interest reservations are limited so book your half-day, full-day, or multi-day kayaking tour now!

ocean kayaking in ucluelet

5. Whale Watching

Schedule a private whale watching tour customized to your exact specifications. Step aboard one of Cameron Ocean Adventures 36 foot or 43 foot vessels and experience the joy of seeing the oceans largest mammals. With a keen eye, your tour guide will point out all of the gray whales, humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, seals, and the occasional bear along the shoreline.

whale watching in ucluelet

6. Beachcombing

Not only is beachcombing free, but it can be lucrative! People everyday drop valuable coins, jewelry, and clothing along the shoreline. For those with a keen eye for something shiny this activity is a must for anything looking for something free to do in Ucluelet.

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7. Salmon & Halibut Fishing

Cameron Ocean Adventures makes the list again, and no, we’re NOT paid to mention them, we just love the wide range of activities they offer in Ucluelet. 

Catch a fishing charter in Ucluelet, BC, home of some of the best Salmon and Halibut fishing in the world!

fishing in ucluelet

8. Art Galleries

Looking for a fun and affordable indoor thing to do in Ucluelet? Well the local art galleries are full of some of the most beautiful pieces of art, carvings, paintings, and sculptures on Vancouver Island. These pieces of art are handmade by local artisans who want to share the beauty of he Pacific Rim with the world.

art galleries in ucluelet

9. Floatplane Tours

Getting high in Ucluelet has never been easier! There are several companies between Ucluelet and Tofino that offer award winning floatplane tours. You will fly over the Pacific Rim National Park while watching the waves crash alongside the shoreline.

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10. Zip Lining

Family fun has never felt so good! Westcoast Wild offers an incredibly unique adventure zipping through the Tla-o-qui-aht people’s rainforest. With a peak season and off season price it is sure to be a family favorite activity on your trip Ucluelet.

zip lining in ucluelet

11. Black Bear Sightseeing

Black bears are an iconic animal in British Columbia. On this unique zodiac tour you will travel through the coastal waters of Barkley Sound. You will be sure to see several Black Bears foraging for food on the shoreline at low-tide.

black bears in ukee

12. Bald Eagle Watching

If you’re planning a trip to Ucluelet, do not forget your binoculars! Ukee is home to some of the most majestic bald eagles in Canada and they’re always a pleasure to watch soaring through the sky.

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13. River Paddling

There is paddle boarding, then there is River Paddle Boarding.. Hop aboard a SUP and paddle on the calming waters of Kennedy River.

river paddling

14. Aerial Safari via Floatplane

Take flight onboard a floatplane and experience an aerial safari that is out-of-this-world. When surveying locals on the top things to do in Ucluelet this was among the favorites! From snow-peaked mountain tops to rugged west coast shorelines, our friends at West Coast Wild have created a world-class safari experience.

floatplane safari

15. Mountain Biking

The mountain biking scene continues to grow at a rapid pace, with newly paved biking trails being developed between Ucluelet and Tofino. Whether you’re looking for off-the-beaten-track biking trails or looking to ride some of the local favorite pathways there is always something to ride in Ucluelet.

  • Blue Crush Trail (1,316 meters)
  • Creekside Trail (305 meters)
  • Rocksteady (601 meters)
mountain biking in ucluelet

16. Private Surf Lessons

The best way to learn how to surf is by booking a private surf lesson. The crew at Relic Surf Shop will be sure to match you with an instructor who is knowledgeable and able to assist you whether you’re just beginning or looking to master the craft.

surf lessons in ucluelet

17. Ucluelet Brewery

When we find ourselves with a few extra hours in the evening, we can be easily spotted enjoying a flight of craft beers at Ucluelet Brewery. This extraordinary brewery is located in a restored community church and is now an iconic part of Ucluelet’s food and beverage scene.

Our Favourites:

  • South Swell IPA (ABV: 6.5% IBU: 55)
  • Seventh Day Kolsch (ABV: 4.5% IBU: 25)
  • The Limited Edition Pilot Batch
inside ucluelet brewery

18. Rainforest Trail Hike

This hike has a reputation as strong as the cedar trees that inhabit this old growth rainforest. With an average 4.8 Stars out of 400+ reviews, this trail is a marvelous 2 miles through Vancouver Island’s temperate rainforest.  

Starting Point: Rainforest Trail – Trail B, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

Distance: 3.2 km (1.98 mi), 53 m (174 ft)

hikes in ukee

19. Stay At The Black Pearl

The Black Pearl is a boutique hotel perfectly situated on Coral Way. This luxury property has been custom built to the highest level of craftsmanship. 

Features of the Black Pearl:

  • Hammered copper sinks with a versatile kitchenette
  • Hand-made live-edge coffee tables
  • Private exposed rock sauna room
  • Surfer & Sauna  room showers
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20. Visit The Ucluelet Aquarium

The Ucluelet Aquarium is another fan favourite. This aquarium started in 2004 and has grown considerably over the last 15+ years. As a non-profit society, the Ucluelet Aquarium is the first collect-and-release aquarium in Canada!

ucluelet aquarium

21. Day Trip To Tofino, BC

If you’re looking for things to do in Ucluelet, why not also consider Tofino? Tofino is easily recognized as Canada’s leading surfer town and has a unique aura that is sure to be a hit with you and your friends!

tofino day trip

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