Tuesday, December 01, 2015

ABC Wednesday
December 2nd, 2015
The letter is U

U for Ucluelet

Pronounce it "Yew-Kloo-Let.

In the language of the aboriginal Nuti-chah-nulth it means " Safe Harbour"

from stormy seas...

Northwest Native Canoe

Ucuelet seems to have been a fishing village forever, - it was
a First Nations settlement when fur sealers first arrived in the 1870s
Archaeology traces the presence of the Nuu-chah-nulth here
to 4,300 years ago, so when visitors to the area so often
find a kind of spirituality with this breathtaking coast
it's no surprise.

Those who live on this edge of the world are irrevocably tied to the ocean.
The people fished for salmon, cod, halibut and shellfish
and hunted sea lions, seals and whales.

Ucluelet today has a small aquarium, but the nearby Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre
houses a collection of Nuu-chah-nulth artifacts.

Europeans discovered Barkley Sound in the 1770s, in pursuit of whales and seals,
but it took another hundred years for settlers to reach the 'edge'
and confront the challenges of daily living.

Since then Gold Rush miners, foresters, Japanese fishermen, soldier, dreamers
and entrepreneurs have all contributed to Ukee's 'rough and tumble soul'
Ukee is what the natives call the village

The new wave is tourists, and there is much for them to see and do
in this amazing natural community.

Whale watching

Bear watching




camping and boating

or just making castles on the beach...

nearby is the Wild Pacific Trail, for hiking.

 a birdseye view of the village - downtown Ucluelet

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the lighthouse

You know you want to come!!!!

how to get there - a three hour drive from Nanaimo's Departure Bay ferry,
a five hour drive from Victoria, or for leisurely travellers a cruise of the
scenic Alberni Inlet/Barkley Sound to Ucluelet

For more interesting "U"s visit here at ABC Wednesday
with thanks to Denise, Roger, and their Utterly delightful helpers.


Unknown said...

What a lovely place with lots of historie..... wonderful photo's too

Have a nice abc-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y <abc-w-team)

Roger Owen Green said...

I think we're all looking for a safe harbor

photowannabe said...

Thank you for giving me a glimpse of places I know nothing about.
It looks like a beautiful and inviting place.

carol l mckenna said...

Absolutely a beautiful place and gorgeous photography for U!

Wishing you a magical week,
artmusedog and carol

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Ukulet sounds like a wonderful place to visit. We would love the mix of First Nation history, beautiful beaches and love.y forested hiking trails. And fishing ( well, I never fit, but I like to go fishing! ). Just being out on the water makes me happy!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sorry ... That is supposed to say " I never fish, but ..."

Rajesh said...

This is truly grand place for vacationing.

Reader Wil said...

I love those wild places where nature is still pure and unique. Your photos remind me of Tasmania. Thanks for sharing.
I wish you a great week.
Wil, ABCW Team.

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Powell River Books said...

I was there once quite a few years ago on a vacation camping trip. Now that I live relatively nearby (Powell River) I haven't been back. Isn't that the way? I hear that storm watching is great. - Margy

Joy said...

From the map I can see how it got its name, looks the ideal summer holiday location. If I'd seen the name out of context might have thought it was a board game:-)

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Interesting history- thanks for sharing the photos, too. Have a great weekend!