Surfing is a popular activity on the west coast of Vancouver Island with both locals and visitors. The area surrounding Ucluelet offers some of the most accessible surf breaks on the west coast of Canada. Sandy beach breaks roll in along 25 kilometres of shoreline, much of which is within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. This long, open shoreline catches waves suitable for both experienced and beginner surfers.
The most popular beaches, and the most accessible from Ucluelet, are Wickaninnish Beach and Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Suit up and paddle out past the break and see an offshore view of the wild, untouched shoreline. Discover your passion for the ocean and nature from the water. Once you catch your first wave - you will be hooked!
Other popular water activities are skim boarding and boogie boarding. Skim boarding is similar to surfing except that it's done from the shore in the washed up waves. Drop your skim board and use your momentum to skim over the water's surface into waves breaking close to the shore, then ride those in. Or kick out on a boogie board and ride on your stomach on waves, splashing through tubes! There's a wave for every skill, ability and age level. Get out there and catch a wave!
Surfing near Ucluelet is a year round activity. Although the air temperature varies depending on the season, the ocean temperature stays around 50°F (10°C) all year. Wetsuits are strongly recommended and can be rented at local surf shops and schools in Ucluelet. Surf, skim and boogie board rentals are also available throughout the town. Ask about joining a surf lesson, or hire your own instructor for the afternoon. If you are unsure about the weather or swell, any of the surf shops in Ucluelet will be able to give you the latest surf report and send you to the right spot.
The ocean is an amazing place to play! Come to Ucluelet and experience it for yourself.