In the Pacific Rim on Vancouver Island, Canada, visit one of the last areas of temperate rainforest on earth. Wander past towering 800 year-old giant Douglas Firs, learn about the complex web of interdependency that formed this unique environment - and don't forget to watch for bears foraging for berries!
A home away from home. There are both dorm rooms and very affordable private rooms. The owner and his team are warm, friendly, welcoming and helpful. They're happy to suggest plentiful activities locally or you can also snuggle up in the living room with the wood stove when it's cold and wet outside. You can hike, surf, kayak, there are live shows, galleries and beaches aplenty. The guesthouse has a kitchen where you can cook, dine and share some wonderful conversations with the other guests. Breakfast is included and it is probably the most reasonably priced place in town!
The west coast of the island is amazing. Buy a park permit which is a bargain - about $19 dollars for two days - and allows you access to all the car parks, trails and centres. Every trail between Uclulet and Torfino is worth doing for diversity. If you have a chance to join a trail walk with ranger Carl you must do so. His knowledge, enthusiasm and charm was a highlight of our holiday and changed the way I think about Banana slugs. This is genuinely a paradise park.
+1 250 726 3500
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Uclulet is a very small town on the west coast. It was everything I hoped the Pacific coast would be. Stunning, quiet, rain forested, long beaches and amazing views and trails.
All the trails between Ucluelet and Torfino are worth exploring for sheer diversity. Must do Wickaninish beach, Schooner cove and the wild Pacific rim.
The Cabins at Terrace Beach are amazing, eat at Ukee Dogs or the Driftwood Patio.
Trips at Jamie's Whaling station are awesome. Get on a Zodiac with Narla. Her enthusiastic commentary is wonderful as we tracked a humpback whale and her calves. What a great place!
168 Fraser Lane, Ucluelet, B.C.
+1 877 726 7444
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1090 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0
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1576 Imperial Lane, Ucluelet, BC, Canada
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1672 Cedar Ave, Ucluelet, B.C, V0R 3A0
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+1 (250) 726-2739
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