This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ucluelet. To help you make friends with Ucluelet before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada, is a small, beautiful community that is situated adjacent to the vast and superb Pacific Ocean. It's home to incredible beaches, fantastic surfing, amazing wilderness and wildlife, world-class hiking, and so much more! Although Ucluelet lacks any major colleges or universities, the demographic of the town is very young and progressive, while also maintaining a high level of diversity. There are only a couple hostels in Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada, so if you plan on staying in one, make sure to book in advance. There are a wide variety of hotels and resorts that offer accommodation, albeit at a much higher rate. Additionally, neighbouring Tofino offers several hostels if you don't have any luck finding a bed in one of the Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada hostels.
The social scene is Ucluelet is very upbeat and outgoing, with a warm communal feeling. Everything in the area is within reach on a bicycle, however, if you plan on going out and getting wild, you should call one of the few cabs in town and do so in advance, as they can be unreliable at times. The downtown area offers several pubs and a bowling alley that vary in popularity depending on which night of the week it is. Live music is not hard to find, just be sure to do your research the day of or day before. The area also plays host to the annual music festival called Otalith, which typically takes place at the end of August. Tofino also boasts some popular nightlife in the area and is certainly within reach.
The nature that surrounds the town is nothing short of spectacular, boasting some of the most magnificent trails and sights that Vancouver Island has to offer and should be a staple of any backpackers visit to the area. Along with this, it is strongly suggested you go surfing at least once in the area -- just be sure to wear a wetsuit as the great Pacific Ocean is frigid at the best of times. Also, be sure that you try some Lucky Lager if you're new to the area, as it known famously as "Ukee Champagne."
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