Vancouver Island - Tofino or Ucluelet?

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Vancouver Island - Tofino or Ucluelet?

Post by Homerj » Wed May 16, 2018 4:01 pm

Hey BC PS'ers (or frequent visitors to VI).
The Marge and I are planning a week in Vancouver Island and plan to do a weekend on the left coast....so which do you prefer....Tofino or Ucluelet?
Hotels/restos/hikes and walks?
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Re: Vancouver Island - Tofino or Ucluelet?

Post by Scrubb » Wed May 16, 2018 4:33 pm

They're both beautiful. My personnel preference is Uclucelet, but that might only be because we had perfect weather there, whereas I got clouds and rain once in Tofino.

I think we stayed at B&Bs in both. Wait, no, we stayed in a really crappy motel in Tofino once. Accommodation is expensive in both in season, but with your points maybe you can find something nice. B&Bs in both were very nice, though. I think there's a resort in Tofino with hot springs where I'd like to stay.

Tofino has a bigger town centre, I think. More restaurants - I remember having really good sushi at 2 different places in different years, but don't remember specifics. And I can't remember where we ate in Ucluelet. Wait, I think we had some awesome fish and chips from a sort of permanent truck, for lunch. Just don't remember dinner though.

Seems to me that there were some beautiful hikes around Ucluelet, really easy to access. Nothing very strenuous but great views along the shore. Also, they have an aquarium that I loved - they go out and catch things and keep them for a while, then release them and bring in different ones. They always have a pacific octopus, and also tubs of starfish you can play with.

I can't remember finding good hikes right around Tofino, but you have to drive past Long Beach to get there so there are a zillion places to hike and beach walk along the shore.
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Post by Scrubb » Wed May 16, 2018 4:44 pm

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Post by Homerj » Wed May 16, 2018 5:32 pm

Thanks scrubber...no chain hotels in either place so I wont get to use any points (I will use points at the Westin Bear Lake tho).
Do u remember the name of the crappy place in Tofino?
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Post by truenic » Wed May 16, 2018 6:51 pm

I prefer Tofino-more to do. There's hikes all in between Tofino and Uclulet AND you can take the hot spring tourboat from there. Make reservations for Wolf in the Fog NOW.
Shelter (as restaurant) was also good.

We always stay here: http://oceanvillageresort.com/
Right on the beach.

If you happen to be in the area mid-June, I'll be around that way as well.

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Post by Homerj » Wed May 16, 2018 7:09 pm

We will be Tru....I will PM when I finalize my dates.
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Post by Bill Barilko » Wed May 16, 2018 7:34 pm

It's a 30 minute drive between the two so makes little difference you'll be visiting both.
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Post by Homerj » Wed May 16, 2018 7:37 pm

Got it Bill just trying to decide which place would be better to stay in for 2 nights.

Also is there anything to do north of Victoria...like Comox, Campbell River or Pt. Hardy?
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Post by truenic » Wed May 16, 2018 7:46 pm

Alert Bay, San Josef Bay (contained in one of the links provided).
Black Creek & Saratoga Beach are great & cute, but not sure I'd detour there just for that.
The islands just off of there (Hornby, Lasqueti, Thetis, etc etc etc).
Horne Lake Caves https://hornelake.com/
Qualicum Beach is cute as a button.
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Post by Bill Barilko » Wed May 16, 2018 8:38 pm

Homerj wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 7:37 pm
Also is there anything to do north of Victoria...like Comox, Campbell River or Pt. Hardy?
Courtenay/Comox-sweet little spot you'll start checking out real estate.
Campbell River-gateway to the North Island-all found and some amazing outdoor experiences 'n the hood-mountain biking, hiking, kayaking.
Port Hardy-hard bitten little shithole in a great place-Port McNeill is much more appealing-wildlife abounds both on land and in the water.
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Post by Homerj » Wed May 16, 2018 8:53 pm

Bill Barilko wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 8:38 pm
Homerj wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 7:37 pm
Also is there anything to do north of Victoria...like Comox, Campbell River or Pt. Hardy?
Courtenay/Comox-sweet little spot you'll start checking out real estate.
Campbell River-gateway to the North Island-all found and some amazing outdoor experiences 'n the hood-mountain biking, hiking, kayaking.
Port Hardy-hard bitten little shithole in a great place-Port McNeill is much more appealing-wildlife abounds both on land and in the water.
Thanks Bill!
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Post by Scrubb » Thu May 17, 2018 12:53 am

Homerj wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 5:32 pm
Thanks scrubber...no chain hotels in either place so I wont get to use any points (I will use points at the Westin Bear Lake tho).
Do u remember the name of the crappy place in Tofino?
Maquinna Hotel. The room was pretty clean but the whole place was super run down and a bit shady seeming. $105/night in 2014.
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Re: Vancouver Island - Tofino or Ucluelet?

Post by Homerj » Thu May 17, 2018 3:58 pm

Thanks...pickings are pretty thin as we left our booking so late.
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Post by Bill Barilko » Thu May 17, 2018 5:11 pm

Call/email the Tofino CofC/Visitors Bureau and give them your dates they can then give you a rundown of what's available they act as a kind of clearing house for info but aren't agents.

It's one of if the The most expensive market in Canada are prices are such that doubt are arising as to value.

If you want an up 'n coming alternative look to Port Renfrew....
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Post by northern_goddess » Thu May 17, 2018 5:40 pm

I stayed in Ucluelet when I was there at a great place, on the 'rocky' beach with your own cabin and hot tub. It was right at the head of a walking trail and the area was beautiful. Did drives to Long Beach and Tofino.

This is the view from the beach:

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View from my balcony where the hot tub was.
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The walking trails outside the door.
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I think they were called The Cabins at Terrace Beach.
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Re: Vancouver Island - Tofino or Ucluelet?

Post by Homerj » Thu May 17, 2018 6:32 pm

My you are a helpful bunch!
Much thanks!
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