Every March and April, Ucluelet experiences the greatest whale migration on the planet. Up to 17,000 grey whales pass en route from their winter home on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea – a journey of 22,530km/14,000mi. It’s the longest migration of any creature in the world. The greys can be 18m/66ft long, and are as buoyant as butterflies.
Although March and April are the grey whale months in Ucluelet, whale-watching is available most of the year because of lingering pods of greys in Barkley Sound and through the Broken Group Islands, as well as growing numbers of humpback whales and resident killer or orca whales. Expect to see other wildlife including seals, sea lions, eagles, sea birds, and of course, amazing scenery.