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Getting to Ucluelet, British Columbia on Vancouver Island

Getting to Ucluelet, British Columbia:

By Car:

It is necessary to travel first from the mainland by ferry to either Victoria in the south or to Nanaimo, which is closer to Ucluelet. There are also regularly scheduled coach buses that travel to Ucluelet from main centres on Vancouver Island.

Driving Distances, Directions and Travel Times to UclueletDriving Distances and Travel Times to Ucluelet:

From Tofino – 26 km and 30 minutes driving
From Port Alberni – 100 km and 1 hours 10 minutes driving
From Nanaimo – 180 km and 2 hours 15 minutes driving
From Victoria – 288 km and 4.5 hours driving
From Vancouver – 196 km, 3.5 hours driving and 1.5 hours ferry
From Seattle – 422 km, 6 hours driving and 2 hours ferry

Driving Directions:

Vancouver to Ucluelet and Tofino
Travel Time: approximately 6.5 - 8 hours

Directions (via the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal):
There are two ways to get to Ucluelet from Vancouver, BC. You have a choice of taking two basic routes, through Victoria, BC, or through Nanaimo, BC. The route to Nanaimo is much more direct, but if you wish to visit Victoria on the way, the trip will add about 2 hours of driving time.

While in Vancouver, travel South on Oak Street until it intersects with Highway 99. Take Highway 99 South to Highway 17. Travel Southwest on Highway 17 to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. At the Tsawwassen ferry terminal you can choose between travelling by ferry to either Victoria, BC, or to Nanaimo, BC. If you are looking for the most direct route, take the ferry to Nanaimo.

Once on Vancouver Island, proceed north along the Island Hwy also known as the TransCanada or Highway 1. It is the main North South highway on Vancouver Island. When you reach the Highway #4 intersection north of Nanaimo, take it west to Port Alberni, BC, until you come to the T-junction between Tofino and Ucluelet. For Ucluelet - Turn left at the junction and drive for approximately seven minutes.

Directions (via the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal):
If you are in North Vancouver, Whistler, or any point North of Vancouver, BC plan to travel to Nanaimo on the Horseshoe Bay ferry. You must keep in mind that there is no ferry service to Victoria from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, only to Nanaimo, BC.

Once on the Island:
Proceed north along the Island Highway also known as the TransCanada or Highway 1. It is the main North South highway on Vancouver Island. When you reach the Highway #4 intersection north of Nanaimo, take it west to Port Alberni, BC, until you come to the T-junction between Tofino and Ucluelet. For Ucluelet - Turn left at the junction and drive for approximately seven minutes.

Victoria to Ucluelet and Tofino
Travel Time: approximately 4.5 - 5 hours

From Victoria, proceed north out of town on Douglas Street, which becomes the Island Hwy also known as the TransCanada or Highway 1. It is the main North South highway on Vancouver Island. When you reach the Highway #4 intersection north of Nanaimo, take it west to Port Alberni BC, until you come to the T-junction between Tofino and Ucluelet. For Ucluelet - Turn left at the junction and drive for approximately seven minutes.

By Private Boat:

If you are coming by private boat, Ucluelet, British Columbia has a small craft harbour and other marine facilities. It also has a recognized Canada Customs Clearance Centre.

By Plane:

Reserving a flight to Tofino is the fastest way to travel to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Daily flights are available from Vancouver throughout the high season. Regular scheduled flights to Tofino are also offered from Victoria and Seattle. From Tofino it is only a short drive to Ucluelet.

By Bus:

Tofino Bus offers affordable bus service to Ucluelet from Vancouver and Victoria via BC Ferries. Tofino Bus also offers local service along the Pacific Rim between Tofino and Ucluelet.

By Ferry:

Driving time to Ucluelet from Vancouver is appoximately 7 hours (including your trip on BC Ferries). Travel time by car can vary widely depending on your wait at BC Ferries. We strongly recommend that you make a reservation with BC Ferries if you are travelling to Vancouver Island during the summer months and/or during holiday weekends. A one-way reservation costs about $15 (in addition to regular ferry fees) which guarantees your space on the Ferry.


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