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Ucluelet Big Beach

Look for wildlife in tidal pools, forests and out to sea when you visit this unspoiled beach on Vancouver Island’s west coast.

Thrill to a day of fun, adventure and excitement at Big Beach. The popular beach park is situated in large bay and is flanked by cliffs and rocky outcrops. Relax under the sun, hike through a forest and across cliffs and go wildlife spotting.  

The beach has both pebbles and sand and is sheltered from the winds by the cliffs. Enjoy a stroll along the shore, where you will often see piles of driftwood that have accumulated from winter storms. Cool off in the summer by dipping your toes in the water. Swimming is not really an option, because the coastline is rocky.

Wildlife is one of the biggest draws at Big Beach. Clamber over the low tide rock pools to find shrimps, crabs and anemones. Look out across the Pacific where you can often see pods of dolphins. You may even be lucky enough to spot pilot and humpback whales that pass close to the beach during their migrations in the spring and summer. 

Big Beach is one of the destinations on the Wild Pacific Trail, a 5-mile (8-kilometer) hiking trail that runs parallel to the coast and is suitable for all ages and abilities. The gradients are not steep and the route consists of boardwalk and gravel pathways. Put on your walking boots and follow the course through rainforests and along cliff edges. Tread quietly and you may catch a glimpse of deer, raccoons, owls, bald eagles and cougars. Bears have also been spotted in the area. Point your binoculars at the trees to see songbirds.

After your walk, head to the picnic shelter for something to eat. There is also a large lawn for picnics, a play area for children and washrooms.

Big Beach is about a 10-minute drive south of Ucluelet. There is a car park on the edge of the beach that is open year-round. 


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The He-Tin-Kis Lodge

The He-Tin-Kis Lodge

366 Reef Point Road, Ucluelet
4.5
of 5, from 67 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ucluelet, this lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of Terrace Beach, Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, and Ucluelet Aquarium. Huu-Mees-Ma-As Native Art Gallery and Ucluelet Big Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£101
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

596 Marine Drive, Ucluelet
4.5
of 5, from 370 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the beach, this eco-friendly resort is within a 10-minute walk of Wild Pacific Trail and Ucluelet Big Beach. Ucluelet Aquarium and Huu-Mees-Ma-As Native Art Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Pacific Rim Motel

Pacific Rim Motel

1755 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet
3.5
of 5, from 215 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ucluelet, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Huu-Mees-Ma-As Native Art Gallery and Ucluelet Aquarium. Ucluelet Big Beach and Wild Pacific Trail are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Reef Point Oceanfront B&B

Reef Point Oceanfront B&B

1166 Coral Way, Ucluelet
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ucluelet Aquarium, Huu-Mees-Ma-As Native Art Gallery, and Ucluelet Big Beach. Wild Pacific Trail is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

£102
Waters Edge Shoreside Suites

Waters Edge Shoreside Suites

1971 Harbour Crescent, Ucluelet
4.3
of 5, from 916 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Ucluelet hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wild Pacific Trail and Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is 16.9 mi (27.2 km) away.

£40
West Coast Motel

West Coast Motel

279 Hemlock Street, Ucluelet
4.2
of 5, from 382 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ucluelet, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Huu-Mees-Ma-As Native Art Gallery and Ucluelet Aquarium. Ucluelet Big Beach and Wild Pacific Trail are also within 1 mi (2 km).

The Ridge by Natural Elements Rentals

The Ridge by Natural Elements Rentals

1063 Marine Drive, Ucluelet
4.2
of 5, from 5 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Ucluelet Big Beach and Wild Pacific Trail. Huu-Mees-Ma-As Native Art Gallery and Ucluelet Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Black Rock Beach House

Black Rock Beach House

524 Marine Drive, Ucluelet
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Ucluelet, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Ucluelet Big Beach and Wild Pacific Trail. Ucluelet Aquarium and Huu-Mees-Ma-As Native Art Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).