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I absolutely love Ucluelet
- it's got the same charm but more character than Tofino and plenty of stunning hikes and beaches to explore. One of the best things to do in "Ukee" (besides having a "Ukee dog" and going to the Aquarium which is one of the best tiny tin-hut aquariums on the planet) is taking in the amazing walks along the Wild Pacific Trail
A great, one-hour easy hike is the Lighthouse Loop, which takes wanderers through forests and along amazing rocky coastline for about 2.4km. Perfect to watch waves crashing, birds soaring above or even deer crossing the paths. It's one of my fave things to do in BC and didn't disappoint when I was there in mid-May.
You can also pick up the Wild Pacific Trail from near the Black Rock Ocean Front Resort
. Black Rock is a new, stunning, modern hotel resort perched atop amazing cliffs and near shell- and driftwood-covered beaches. Sneak out through the side door of their excellent restaurant Fetch and you'll join up with another 3km of trails that run from Big and Brown Beaches.
Had to say I was blown away by Black Rock. The rooms face the ocean and if you're lucky enough to do some storm watching (a great way to enjoy a blustery day and we had a doozy while we were there - but then sunshine the next day!), you'll be able to see amazing waves and even a few cheeky otters. I saw four munching on clams from my balcony!
We were there during a power outage (as a result of the storm) and it was actually so much fun - the hotel gave us flashlights and we dined by candlelight. Amazing views, amazing rooms, amazing access to the Wild Pacific Trail. Such a highlight of our recent Vancouver Island roadtrip - Ukee is a real gem.