Hostels in Ucluelet

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As far as accommodation goes, a hostel is often the cheapest choice and cheap is definitely something that is hard to come by on the west coast, especially during the summer season. They are, however, geared towards a particular crowd. Hostels are an accommodation typically for the younger travelers looking to save money on where they lay their heads to spend on other traveling goodies. Hostels can be a great way to meet other likeminded adventurers, and are a great way to stay in budget, while solving the problem of where to spend the night. Most have common rooms and a communal kitchen, too, so you can save more by shopping at the grocery store and cooking up a storm back at the hostel.

Today, the word “hostel” doesn’t have to bring up images of rows of bunk beds, smelly backpackers and restless nights thanks to the partiers. Many also have private units that, while still being cheaper than a night at a hotel, offer a more relaxing experience.

Ucluelet has two hostels in town – one a bit farther out with a large yard and pathway to the ocean, and the other right off of the main street with options for private rooms, as well as cottages. Compared to the hotels, motels, resorts and vacation rentals, they are a fantastic solution to finding a budget-friendly place to stay in Ucluelet. Not to mention, the staff is a ton of fun, and some even offer surf lessons and rentals!

Not convinced? Here’s a list of pros and cons to help decide of a hostel is the right place for you:



Kitchen and Common spaces

Make new friends

Private Rooms available


Bunk beds

Basic amenities

Younger crowd

Very Social

Can have more worn down furnishings etc.


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Vacation Rentals in Ucluelet


For a home away from home experience, you can’t go wrong with a vacation rental. In Ucluelet, there are endless vacation rental options to fit any budget and desire. One thing is certain to come with all of them though, you’ll feel right at home on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

What makes a great vacation home? That’s up to you and it’s the best part of having one as an accommodation option. You could live in your dream ocean-front condo for a weekend, or post-up in a swanky loft. Choose the amenities you want: washer and drier, fully stocked kitchen, parking; and how luxurious, or cozy you desire. A vacation rental can be a truly catered experience and offers insight into what it would be like to live there. For some, you don’t even have to meet anyone – the place is yours from start to finish.

Vacation rentals are a huge market in Ucluelet, so there are endless options for you to pick from. Many are ocean view, and pretty much all of them are just a short walk away from downtown. There are plenty of luxury options, as well as more low-key budget-friendly selections. From large houses with hot tubs, to cozy cabins and stunning condos, the town has something for every taste, too. With so many things to do in the summer, it’s nice to come back to a place that feels like home and be able to put your feet up after a big adventure. Not to mention, you can cook a fantastic meal in your own kitchen, which breaks up that endless parade of restaurant meals when you travel.


If you want to have a local show you around and let you in on all the secrets, a vacation rental can also be a great option for that. Ucluelet locals are friendly, and often welcome questions about the area. Not only do they know a ton about local wildlife, activities and the best spots to eat, some might even take you there themselves and show you. Then, when you return, you already have some friends, and know all the best places to go. You’ll also feel like you know Ucluelet better than you might have if you’d taken that room at the resort.


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Choosing the Right Accommodation for You


With so many choices popping up in Ucluelet, it can feel like there’s a lot of pressure on picking the perfect accommodation to suit your vacation. There are a lot of different points that will help determine whether you should be tucking in at night in a five-star resort, enjoying a cozy cabin, or pitching your tent in the perfect campground. Let’s get started and find that perfect accommodation for your west coast vacation.

First, a major determining factor on the west coast, especially during summer will be your budget. How much are you willing to spend per night? If you know you want the best of the best, prepare for upwards of $400 per night. If you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to your bank account, you can find a bed for as cheap as $30 a pop, but you’ll be staying in a hostel, or getting a campsite. Once you know how much you want to spend, you can start ruling places out.

What about an ocean view? You are on the coast after all. If seeing the ocean is a priority, you can rule out most of the downtown options and campgrounds. If hearing the surf, you’ve really narrowed it down. If you’re not as picky about being right by the ocean at all times during your visit, then you’ve got some more choosing to do.


If you’re bringing a pet, your choices are pretty easy. A number of places definitely don’t allow animals, so things like vacation rentals can all but be ruled out. Same with some of the hotels. However, campground and other cozy spots are super pet friendly, but you’ll need to consider a pet charge that usually applies per night on top of the room rate.

Finally, you need to choose what amenities are important to you. If the kids are demanding a pool and your wife wants a gym, it looks like you’re booking the West Coast Motel. Maybe you’d like to be able to cook your own meals – now you’re going to need to find the accommodation that offers full suites like Waters Edge, or Blackrock, or you might want to look into a vacation rental. To enjoy the great outdoors, you can choose any of the campgrounds in Ucluelet, and if you want a bed on a budget, there are a couple great hostels.

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So, say you want a full kitchen to cook all your meals because you have a picky eater, and an ocean-view is a must for your time on the coast. You also need a bed for yourself, and your teenager really doesn’t want to be sharing a room with you while they’re checking their Instagram and Facebook late at night and you’re trying to sleep. A hot tub isn’t necessary, but a balcony, or patio sure would be nice. Plus, you’re on a bit of a budget, but can spend a bit more if the place is something special. Oh, and you’d like a fireplace… It gets cold on the coast. Sounds like a vacation rental would be the perfect choice. For an example of what you can get for a decent price, check out

Best Area to Stay in Ucluelet

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Ucluelet is a relatively small town, but there are still a number of different areas to consider when booking to stay. Depending on what you’re after from your vacation, there might be a spot that suits your needs better than another. Check out the different areas of Ucluelet below:


The harbour can be a great place to stay in Ucluelet, especially if you’re booked in for an early morning fishing charter! The Ucluelet Harbour is relatively close to downtown, and offers a beautiful view of the inside passage. You can watch from your window as various vessels come and go, and enjoy relatively easy access to most of the things that Ucluelet has to offer in terms of the town and various tours.

The End of the Peninsula

Private coves and beaches are the draw for spending your nights at the end of the peninsula. With private views, cozy cabins and your own walk-on beaches, plus easy access to the Wild Pacific Trail, it is definitely a desirable place to lay your head in town.

The West Side

Beautiful luxury condos, stunning sunsets, easy access to small beaches… The west side of town is a delight, and is where Ucluelet’s top resorts and most desirable vacation rentals reside. It reaches the second half of the Wild Pacific Trail within minutes and gives you easy access into town.


The small town of Ucluelet is far from bustling, and that’s how people there like it. Staying right in town gives you cute views of Mount Ozzard and the harbour, with easy access to all the eats and shops. The Wild Pacific Trail isn’t too far away, either. In fact, nothing is. Staying downtown means pretty much everything, from the lighthouse loop, to Solidarity Snacks are right nearby.

Just Outside Downtown

On the way out of (or in to) Ucluelet can be a great spot to stay. There are plenty of campgrounds located in the area, and the other accommodation out that way is pretty cheap. Depending on what side of the way you’re on, you might even have a nice little bay view.

Mill Stream

Mill Stream is on the very outskirts of Ucluelet and while that may not appeal to some, it definitely has its perks. First, accommodation that way is fairly cheap because they know the convenience of town isn’t really all that convenient. You’ll need a car, but it’s likely you’ll already have rented one anyways. Again, the places usually have beautiful views and a different sense of seclusion that the other areas don’t offer. Finally, you’re way closer to Tofino and the surfing beaches than the other spots, and there are still plenty of trails around to explore.


There are more than a couple options for staying in Ucluelet, and while nothing is ever too far away no matter where you stay, you can definitely still have a preferred spot. Check out for the west-side luxury condos, and for the lowdown on other types of accommodation available in Ucluelet. For more on the town itself and the rest of Vancouver Island, pay a visit to


Resorts in Ucluelet

In a place rich with stunning views and nature, there should be accommodation available that matches the splendor of the land. That’s definitely the case in Ucluelet, where after years of basic accommodation and camping, a few luxury resorts started to pop up. While a true, back-to-nature experience can be great, sometimes on vacation you just really want to treat yourself.

What to Expect

Ucluelet’s resorts are lavishly decorated in West Coast style. Expect cedar touches, soaring ceilings, and driftwood, beach finds and coastal hints everywhere. To fight off the rain and chill, most have cozy fireplaces that tempt you to take a seat next to its warmth and light. Massive picture windows are a must, as the ocean-views are as five-star as the resorts themselves. Service is friendly, the amenities fantastic and the comfort level of each of the rooms, lodges, cabins or suites will make it hard to leave in the morning to go explore. This is a bonus if visiting during the rainy season.

Cost Factor

While the cost of staying in a more upscale accommodation option in Ucluelet is a bit higher than others, it can be well worth it. For one, accommodation here in the summer is already expensive. If you truly want to treat yourself, then the extra cost to upgrade to a resort makes all the difference. If it’s completely out of the question in the summer, but you had your heart set on that first-class experience, try booking a suite in the winter. The offseason offers a unique experience of Ucluelet (winter storm watching!), and the cost of accommodation drops significantly.

The Experience

Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up with a morning walk on the beach – directly out front of your room. Spend the day at the spa, soak in the hot tub after a day’s adventure, or sip some wine watching sun set from your private patio. Cook a meal in your fully-equipped kitchen, or have someone else do the cooking at a highly ranked, onsite restaurant. Finish off the evening with a drink at the lounge listening to live music. The resorts in Ucluelet can offer any of these experiences, you just need to book the one that fulfills exactly what you want.

So, while Ucluelet can offer a rugged, outdoor experience, it also knows a thing or two about the luxury side of life. You’re encouraged to try it next time you visit Ucluelet BC on the west coast of Vancouver Island.


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Camping in Ucluelet


People coming to the West Coast often seek to rejuvenate themselves and spend some quality time with Mother Nature. Not to mention, in the summer accommodation in Ucluelet can be very expensive. To get around the price and get back to nature, camping can be the way to go. Not sure it’s for you? Check out this pros and cons list for camping in Ucluelet to help you decide!


  • In Nature 24/7

-If the goal is to spend time with Mother Nature, camping is the way to do it. How refreshing!

  • Hot Tubs

-That’s right – some of Ucluelet’s campgrounds have hot tubs. One amenity you won’t have to give up!

  • Ocean Views

-Some of Ucluelet’s campgrounds have better ocean views than your standard hotel accommodation. Take that $400 nights!

  • Cheaper

-See above. Especially when split between friends, camping is the cheapest way to go. Your wallet and bank account will thank you.

  • Camping Food

-Food tastes better outdoors, plus you can have things like S’mores.

  • Campfires

-A real fire with that bonfire smoke smell beats a fake gas flame any day. Plus, again, S’mores.

  • Private or Social

-Camping can be as isolated or as communal as you want. Make friends with your neighbours, keep within your own site, for find a camp site tucked away in the forest.

  • Disconnected

-Once your battery dies, it’s just you and nature. Talk about a breath of fresh air!

  • Stars

-With hardly any light pollution from city lights, camping provides prime, star-gazing conditions.

  • Cool Camping Gear

-Retractable cups, a knife that’s also a flash light… There is some FUN gear for camping out there.


  • Need a Vehicle

-Both the campgrounds and surfing beaches are a bit farther from Ucluelet than ideal – you’ll definitely need a vehicle to get places other than your neighbour’s site.

  • Wet Wetsuits

-Especially if it rains all night, with no cozy mudroom to dry your suits, you’ll need to get used to wrestling into a cold, wet suit every day.

  • Pit Toilets

-Going to the bathroom basically outdoors, unless you pick a campground with normal toilets, might offer a bit more “back to nature” than you hoped for.

  • No Showers

-The ocean is your bath tub and your playground. Cold water is good for your muscles, right?

  • Cooking Outdoors

-While food does taste better outdoors, getting up first thing on a chilly morning to make a pot of coffee can be challenging. Especially if it’s raining outside.

  • Nowhere to Charge Electronics

-Disconnecting can be a con, especially if no social media is considered a punishment. Remember to bring a power bank if this is a scary thought.

  • Extra Planning

-Camping isn’t quite as easy as just showing up. There’s meal planning and gear planning, and setting up and tearing down and dressing for the weather…

  • Rain

-The West Coast of Vancouver also gets the most rain. Prepare for the possibility, even in the middle of summer.

  • Damp Everything

-A lower altitude and steady ocean breeze means pretty much everything will be damp in the morning, and sometimes all day. Yes, even the outhouse toilet paper.

  • Wild Animals

-Back to nature really means “back to nature” on the coast. Learn how to be bear aware, wolf aware and cougar aware before heading out to spend 24/7 outdoors.


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Tofino Beaches worth visiting

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.

Accommodations in Ucluelet a great deal

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

  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.