Ucluelet


UCLUELET ( ), district municipality, pop 1,487 (2006), is a commercial fishing and tourist community located in a deep harbour on the west coast of VANCOUVER ISLAND, at the entrance to BARKLEY SOUND in PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK RESERVE. The Ucluelet nation (the word means "people with a safe landing place") are a NUU-CHAH-NULTH group. The first white settler, Capt Charles Stuart, established a store near here in 1860. In 1912–13, a LIGHTHOUSE was built at Amphitrite Pt, site of the tragic 1905 wreck of the Pass of Melfort, in which 35 people drowned. LOGGING, commercial FISHING and AQUACULTURE are important to the local economy, and TOURISM has boomed since the creation of the park reserve in 1970. In the spring, thousands of visitors are attracted by the annual offshore migration of gray WHALES. On 6 Oct 1967 Ucluelet set a single-day precipitation record for Canada—489.2 mm of rain fell.