Province: British Columbia
Region: Vancouver Island
Regional District: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Governing Body: Ucluelet Council
Total Area: 6.55 km² (2.5 sq mi)
Elevation: 20 m (66 ft)
Population in 2006: 1,487
Time Zone: PST (UTC-8)
Postal Code: V0R 3A0
Area Code: +1-250
Highway Number: 4
Waterways: Barkley Sound
Ucluelet is pronounced /you/clue/let/ and is a community on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
Both Tofino and Ucluelet have become target sites for the construction of retirement resorts in the past 10 years, although the local population has been historically fishing and logging-based . Very important in local society is the presence of the Yu-cluth-aht people (”people with a safe landing place” in Nuu-chah-nulth, whose government is the Ucluelet First Nation. Their community is based at Hit-at-soo (Ucluelet Indian Reserve), which is located about ten minutes from the town of Ucluelet.
It is located at the northern edge of Barkley Sound between two sections of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve: the Broken Group Islands and Long Beach.
Like its neighbour Tofino, Ucluelet is making the transition from a resource-based economy to a tourism-based economy.
Festivals and Events
Every March, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival is a week of celebratory events hosted by Ucluelet, Tofino, and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Edge to Edge Marathon, a recognized qualifier for the Boston Marathon, takes place in June. As it turns out, Tofino and Ucluelet are exactly marathon distance apart. The small town local event has grown over the last decade and this past year we welcomed 750 runners.