To get to beautiful downtown Ucluelet, first you have to find your way to British Columbia Canada. After you land in our western province you travel across the Georgia Strait to eastern Vancouver Island. Once there it's a scenic drive through forests, along rivers, past rushing water and gorgeous picnic stops to the west coast and Ucluelet.
You may also make your way via ferry from the United States up to Victoria on Vancouver Island and then rent a car or hop a bus for the drive across the island.
So first take a ride on a ferry...
BC Ferries bring you to Vancouver Island
View BC Ferries web cams located at their terminals to see how busy they are.
|Sidney (ferry terminal)||339 Kms||
|Nanaimo (ferry terminal)||208 Kms||
|Port Alberni||124 Kms||
|Campbell River||275 Kms||
Check the BC Ferries web cams to see how busy the terminals are.
Find the BC Ferries map of Southern Vancouver Island Ferry routes and highways here.
To reserve boarding between the Mainland and Vancouver Island call Toll Free in BC 1.888.724.5223
|Route - Passengers & Vehicles||Crossing Time|
|Anacortes - Sidney BC (Victoria)||3 hours|
|To reserve boarding with Washington State Ferries call Toll Free 1.888.808.7977|
|Route - Passengers Only||2 hours|
|Victoria Express (May-September)||1 hour|
|Victoria Clipper (Year round)||Different packages|
|Victoria San Juan Cruises (May-October)||Different packages|
Cycling to Tofino is a great way to get here and once in Tofino the roads are safe and a separated bike/walking/skating path is a welcome addition. While Highway 4 has some really nice sections with wide shoulders and smooth pavement other sections are rough and have no shoulder. It can be very tight with the traffic.
One smart and enjoyable suggestion I heard from some touring cyclists is to ride to Port Alberni then take the M.V. Frances Barkley boat to Ucluelet. Cycling up to Tofino from Ucluelet is a 30 km ride with bike paths in both villages and a highway with a bit of a shoulder between them.