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.


If camping really isn’t your thing, check out for luxury, ocean-view condos to stay in instead!

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