Ucluelet Parks & Gardens
The magnificent west coast of Vancouver Island between the Pacific Coast Mountains and the ocean has been made into a wonderful national park. The park is comprised of three parts, Long Beach, the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group of Islands. The long and wide sand beaches are spectacular as is the-old growth temperate rain forest.
Enjoy the sandy shores and lovely swimming waters of Kennedy Lake (the largest lake on Vancouver Island) when at this park. Kayakers and windsurfers will be pleased with the waters but should pay attention to the wind advisories. Day use facilities exist.
One of the most popular regions of the Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach is an area of rare breath-taking beauty. The sandy beaches welcome droves of picnickers, beachcombers and strollers each year. This is a perfect area to watch the Pacific Gray Whales travel during spring and fall.
This day-use park is home to ospreys, Bald eagles, and various duck and songbird species. It is best to canoe or kayak down Kennedy River too see the birds as there are no developed paths in the park.
Flanked by Meares Island and the west coast of Vancouver Island, this provincial park lies in the Fortune Channel and is accessible by boat only. Visitors to Dawley Passage Provincial Park can enjoy great canoeing, kayaking and boating experiences. Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations heritage sites may also be viewed. The park is surrounded by diverse marine life, making it an excellent spot for scuba diving. Year round wilderness camping is permitted.
Thornton Creek Hatchery
Be amazed by the natural phenomenon of the salmon run at this smaller hatchery. Thornton Creek is open daily from March to mid-June. An exceptional time to visit the Creek is when the coho and spring salmon return to the hatchery waters after three to four years at sea, usually mid-October to mid-November.