Long Beach - Tofino and Ucluelet
West coast Islanders live amid soaring old-growth timber and
arid flora in a land cut by fjords, bays, and flawless rivers;
rain-shadowed by elevations running the length of the Island. On the
edge of Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound, it was first home to the
Nuu-chah-nulth; five First Nations living in union with forest, sea, and
wildlife for 10,000 years.
Thereafter, Long Beach became a remote outpost for the hardiest of
Islanders and intrepid travellers traversing the gravel road when
logging trucks were idle; in 1972 the Highway was punched through and a
steady migration began. Beaches stretch for 25 km between Tofino and
Ucluelet; towns that meet the diverse needs of individuals who have come
for fresh air, to find their muse, or paddle the ocean oasis.
Tofino, on the perimeter of Clayoquot Sound (a World UNESCO Biosphere
Reserve), is a vibrant village of 1,700. While the town is a tourist
destination it serves the needs of local fishers, a dynamic arts
and First Nations communities on nearby Meares, Flores, and Vargas
Islands. Tofino reveres its local character during the illuminating
Tofino Lantern Festival, the Tofino Food and Wine Festival, Clayoquot
Days on Stubbs island, Feast Tofino, Arts in the Garden, and the
Clayoquot Oyster Festival - a competitive gala showcasing local chefs.
Tofino is the unofficial Surf Capital of Canada and the Whiskey Dock is
the unofficial end of Trans-Canada Highway.
Ucluelet, is an innovative community "living on the edge". It maximizes
its marine scene overlooking the Broken Islands Group where Barkley
Sound becomes the Pacific Ocean. Ucluelet is a First Nations name
meaning "the people with a good landing place for canoes", or "safe
harbour". The town's distinctive architecture is influenced by its
maritime heritage and is an attractive lure for new residents, tourists,
and investors. Ucluelet has been a diligent leader in commerce
beginning as a fishing station in 1870 when schooners put-to-port in the
small village to buy supplies and unload their catch. Today, Ucluelet
is home to 1,500 people who work in tourism, logging, fishing and professional services.
Town amenities include sports fields, parks, walking trails, a
unique and educational Aquarium, and a variety of shopping choices.
Celebrations, such as Ukee Days, pay tribute to the town's traditions
with a salmon barbeque, logger's sports, and live music.
Salmon Beach, east of Ucluelet, is a unique waterfront recreational
community on Barkley Sound and available through Coast Realty Group
Representatives. The settlement enables residents to fully participate
in west coast living with a boat ramp, playground, and tennis court.
Eco-friendly residents live somewhat off-the-grid, though BC Hydro is
now available, and gather to collect oysters and clams for cookouts,
cast a line, or dip their paddles for an afternoon of delight.
The Pacific Rim National Park, the only National Park on Vancouver
Island, encompasses the Long Beach "Unit", the Broken Group Islands, and
the West Coast Trail (on the south shore of Barkley Sound). Iconic Long
Beach Unit is a tribute to the transformational power of the ocean,
from rugged Radar Beach, the dramatic length of Long Beach, mist-shroud
Wickaninnish Bay, to the intimacy of Halfmoon Bay; this is a land of
opportunity. Retirees have found a place to live big, families are
thriving, and life-participants plunge blissfully into an untamed
Experience the fury of a winter storm on the Wild Pacific
Trail; or sit still for a sunset on the edge of the world at Amphitrite
Point Lighthouse, shining its beacon over the Pacific for 100 years.
Brave participants run the Edge to Edge Marathon, an annual event on the
west coast, or opt for the more manageable Eight on the Edge. Golfers
are treated to one of the most scenic and challenging courses on the
Island and scuba divers descend upon ship wrecks, abundant mussel beds,
and coralline algae accompanied by otters, sea lions, and rock fish.
The Pacific Rim Summer Festival is a multinational chamber music
extravaganza, as a biennial event Ucluelet welcomes Cadillac Van Isle
360 sailboat racers, and the Tofino Shorebird Festival delights in the
migratory return of thousands of shorebirds; sandpipers, plovers, and
whimbrels. Yet, nothing is quite as uplifting as the migration of 20,000
Grey Whales, skimming the west coast on their journey between Mexico
and the Bering Sea (breeding to feeding). This grand occasion is
celebrated with enthusiasm at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival every
March, with whales residing in the area right through until late fall.
In recent years these have included more and more humpbacks as well as
grey whales, and the occasional Orca sighting.
This is a land of plenty, where people live within the simple abundance
of nature according to their needs. If your needs include a home for
recreation, retirement, or residence Coast Realty Group Representatives
are the professionals you seek.
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