Tofino is only 30 mins north of Ucluleet and there are many beaches in between the two towns. Wild Pacific Trail is one of the prettiest hikes in the world and that is well worth going to see. The Wild Pacific Trail is south of Ucluelet about 2 miles and has a very nice trail. Big Beach is also worth visiting and there is a public access, however you must find parking in the Community Center across the street. Just north of Ucluelet about 10 mins is the Wickaninnish Beach that also has a restaurant overlooking it. As you keep driving up there are many small and large beaches to explore and enjoy the natural beauty. Long Beach is the most popular. Chesterman Beach is rated one of the top 25 beaches in North America and is north of Long Beach. There are many beaches and trails in between Ucluelet and Tofino and the Tofino guide is great resource for beaches and trails with incredible pictures that will leave with a large itinerary for coming to visit the west coast.
Tofino may get most of the attention from government advertisers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find affordable accommodation on the west coast. You will also find a quiet town that doesn’t even seem that busy in July and August which are the busiest months of the summer season. Ucluelet took quite a bit longer to upgrade accommodation and bring in a couple resorts, but it has caught up in scale and you can find some great high end accommodation here overlooking the ocean.
Ucluelet is only 30 mins to Tofino and half that to the start of the beaches which will be on your left side as you drive up the coast. It is worth spending a few days exploring. You may want to start with the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet though, as it is one of the prettiest trails in the world. Have a great time on your stay here!
Fishing in Ucluelet offers a wide variety of salmon and delicious other fish like Halibut. Ucluelet is set on Vancouver Island in the midst of rugged beauty, open Pacific waters and ancient forests. This small BC town is well known for fishing because it offers great fish to catch such as Chinook or King salmon that are seldom found in most other places and have been on the decline in such popular fishing destinations such as Alaska.
Coho or Silver salmon are the second favorite for anglers after Chinook. Coho are very aggressive and the most easily caught salmon though they almost always put up a good fight. They can get up to 20 pounds though most range from 5-15 pounds during the summer months. They can be caught from Alaska down to Washington and are fun on light tackle. Off of British Columbia’s west coast and in Alaska is where most Coho salmon are caught. Similar to Chinook salmon, they can be caught in either the ocean or just before they spawn in rivers.
The Chinook is the most desired and largest of the salmon. Chinook salmon are caught from Alaska all the way down to California. The best places for fishing them are in British Columbia and Alaska with the general consensus of well-educated fisherman slightly swaying in the British Columbia direction of late. You can catch them either in the ocean or just before they spawn in rivers.
Sockeye salmon are thought to be the tastiest of salmon by some people and they have bright red meat. Sockeye usually range from 4 to 12 pounds and although they do not fight like Chinook or Coho, they are still fun to catch. While Sockeye salmon are fished for in rivers, they are best caught in the ocean. Sockeye salmon are caught mostly in British Columbia and Alaska. The Port Alberni Inlet is the closest place to Ucluelet to catch Sockeye. They are in the inlets from late June to July, however, can be caught off of Ucluelet during late July and August as the Fraser River run passes by.
Chum salmon or Dog salmon are not frequently caught in the ocean and usually change color fairly quickly upon entering rivers mouths. At first glance, Chum salmon can often look like larger Coho when on a hook and they are scrappy in nature. Chum salmon are caught mostly in Alaska and northern British Columbia.
Pink salmon though apparently rich in vitamin K, are the least desired amongst salmon. Although in some places where pink salmon are mostly what is caught, in areas where other types of salmon are available, pink salmon are usually thrown back to Sea. They are caught from Washington all the way up Alaska.
Halibut do not put up much of a fight unless they are over 40 pounds when it comes to catching them but they are easy to make delicious, especially when smaller. Once they get over about 35 pounds, the halibut meat gets a little grainier and therefore do not taste as good as the smaller ones. Halibut fishing is usually good from May all the way through September and are found from Alaska all the way down to California.
Fishing in Ucluelet is great for a variety of salmon and halibut both of which are very delicious. When traveling to Ucluelet to fish, it is recommended to use a charter boat because most know what to look for, where to find it and how to catch it.