After my short visit to Sproat Lake, I decided to spend the night on Ucluelet. Ucluelet is a village (population about 1,700) on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Ucluelet means 'safe harbour' in the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) language.
Once in town, I followed the signs for a short hike on the Wild Pacific Trail, a popular wilderness trail that begins near the mouth of Ucluelet Inlet at Amphitrite Point, follows the rocky headlands north into the Weyerhaeuser lands, recently rezoned for residential and commercial development.
Weyerhaeuser is a multinational corporation in the pulp and paper industry. The company is the third largest pulp and paper company in the world. One third of Weyerhaeuser’s softwood timber comes solely from Canadian public lands. Each year, 650 square kilometres are felled by Weyerhaeuser’s chainsaws and turned into 2 x 4’s, toilet paper, and packaging mostly for export to the United States.
Back to my hike, one little deer was looking at me, we were just couple of meters apart. I just say "hi" for the picture and I keep walking. Besides deers, if you visit this place during the annual gray whale migration (late Feb-late May), whales can be spotted not more than 5 km offshore of this location as well as sea lions, seals, mink and otter playing in the nearby surf.
Here you can see the Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. The original wooden lighthouse at Amphitrite Point was built in 1906 after the tragic shipwreck of the PASS OF MELFORT in 1905. The lighthouse was destroyed by storm waves in 1914 and replaced by the current structure in 1915.
At all times the views along the ever-changing outer coast afforded by this route are breathtaking - sunset and sunrise are a must see. Storm-watching is a natural on this trail with many breath-taking views 20-30m above surge channels and outer reefs constantly pounded by ocean swells.
I was very happy admiring the spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas through ancient cedar and spruce-framed viewing platforms constructed on the best headlands along the route.
The Wild Pacific Trail is mostly a coastal walking path teaming with wilderness scenery and exploding natural sounds including the endless beat of the waves being thrown against the rocky coastlines.
Something that I like of this trrail is that many parts are accessible by all ages and abilities including wheel chairs in most areas.
After finishing my hike, it was time for dinner. There is a small but good restaurant called "Driftwood Patio & Restaurant", the seafood is good and the prices acceptable. For spending the night, if you travel on a budget like I do, you may want to try "Islands West Resort" (250-726-7570). For $59 I have a complete kitchen (great if you make your own food), a big sofa for reading, dining table, Cable TV and coffee maker.
After a good night sleep, it was time to start the second and last day of my journey. The local Bugs Bunny was outside taking care of my door.
It's great to be a man, besides that we don't go through the pain of having a baby we can leave the motel bed unmade and do not feel bad about that.
Well, Tofino was waiting for me. It was time to hit the wheel.
Driving distance: 78 km (48.6 miles)