Historical Society Events in the Community

Event Calendar for the Coming Year

Historical Society Coming Events

BC Heritage week

Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 7 PM

Ucluelet Community Centre George Fraser Room

Guest Speakers:

Dave McIntosh with Phil Hood

Will Sutton – The brilliant, colourful life of a once-famous Ucluelet pioneer

Skeletons; sawmills; gold; hydro-electricity and conservation?

In 1891 Will Sutton and his younger brother James claimed preemption land on the northeast side of Ucluelet Inlet. The Sutton brothers were well-educated, ambitious and arrived in Ucluelet with substantial financial backing. Together they built a large wharf, general store and sawmill.


Annual General Meeting -

AGM Saturday, April 22, 2023, 1:30 p.m

Ucluelet Community Centre Rms. 1 & 2

Guest Speakers:

 Terry Smith

History of Port Albion


Historical Society Previous Events

Annual General Meeting -

AGM Saturday, April 21, 2022, 1:30 p.m

Ucluelet Community Centre Rms. 1 & 2

Guest Speakers:

 Paul Kariya 

Perspectives on What Happened to Ucluelet’s Japanese-Canadians After Pearl Harbour

Paul Kariya grew up in Ucluelet and spent his formative years on the beach, on the boats and in the community.  Fifty years later, he will share his perspectives on what it means to return to the place that has indelibly marked his journey.

While it was the Japanese-Canadians who were removed from Ucluelet and BC’s coast and suffered losses in 1942, other people were affected too. A workshop will be hosted in the Fall of 2022. Paul Kariya will introduce the subject of his upcoming workshop at the UAHS AGM on April 23.

David McIntosh

 George Fraser Biography

 After a long and successful career teaching at Ucluelet Secondary School, David McIntosh has made good use of his retirement to pursue his love of gardening, and researching iconic Ucluelet horticulturist George Fraser. Come and learn about the early Scottish settler who gifted Ucluelet with rhododendrons, heather, and so much more!

May 07 - 2022 - Mother's Day Plant Sale

11am – 2pm ~     at the UAC Hall –

(Ucluelet Athletic Club Hall.)

This annual event sells local plants, bulbs and seeds from local gardens at very affordable  prices. There will be door prizes.

Donated plants can be dropped off between 8:30 and 10 a.m. on the morning of the sale. Email us if you would like your donated plants to be picked up.

JulY 23 - 24, 2022 - Ukee Days Historical Booth

 ~ Seaplane Base Road Field

Join us at our booth on Ukee Days to peruse the historic photo displays showing how the locals celebrated summer before Ukee Days came into being. The celebrations transitioned from May Day to Dominion Day, and it was all about having fun and socializing, just as it is at Ukee Days today.





             October 29th, 2022,  9:30 – 3:30                        at the Ucluelet Community Centre.

The Japanese Canadian Internment Effects on Ucluelet – Three Perspectives
Join us October 29th, for an all-day Round-Table Story-Telling event focused on the effects of the Removal of all Japanese Canadians from the West Coast, Ucluelet in particular, in 1942.

This event will be facilitated by Paul Kariya.
Japanese Canadians made up one half the population of the fishing village of Ucluelet, with First Nations and white settlers forming the other. The largest fish buying company was Japanese-owned, used by fishermen of all ethnicities. The interned people lost everything, and the remaining two groups were affected socially, psychologically and economically. Some stories will be hard to hear, but we know there are also stories of friendship and support across social boundaries.
We invite survivors of that time, descendants, and others, to meet at the Ucluelet Community Centre, 500 Matterson Drive, Ucluelet BC, bringing memories, family stories, and questions. We hope some will bring surviving letters, diaries, photographs or objects from that time. The Society will mount a photo-display.
The day will begin at 9:30 AM with introductions and three brief introductory talks by Ellen Kimoto, daughter of a Japanese Canadian fishing family, Vi Mundy, Ucluelet First Nation elder, and local historian Shirley Martin, of an old white settler family.
First topic will be the Japanese Canadian community that built up between ca 1920 and 1942; after the complimentary lunch is served, we will discuss the actual period of the Internment. Finally we will recall difficulties and successes when Japanese Canadians returned to the coast, and re-integration into the community.

Reserve your place by clicking on Contact directly above, at the top of this page, to send us your name and email address, including any questions you may have. There is no charge for the event.
Anyone without access to email, can mail their name and mailing address to:
Box 397, Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0
The event will also be accessible by Zoom. We particularly hope elders who cannot travel can be assisted in attending virtually. A link will be sent close to the date, to any who reserve for Zoom access.
All will receive confirmation that a place has been reserved



Nov 2023 - Christmas Craft Fair

To be confirmed.

All Day ~ Ucluelet Community Centre