Historical Society Events in the Community

Event Calendar for the Coming Year

Historical Society Coming Events

BC Heritage week

Thursday, February 19, 2024 at 7 PM

Ucluelet Community Centre George Fraser Room

Guest Speaker:

Ian Kennedy author of ‘The Best Loved Boat: Princess Maquinna’
As part of BC Heritage Week at the Community Centre we are hosting a presentation by author Ian Kennedy on the Princess Maquinna. Ian’s latest book is “The Best Loved Boat: Princess Maquinna.” He’ll be showing pictures and speaking about his research for the book, including interviews with many old residents of the west coast. The book is a novel written with an accurate historical setting. Following the presentation, we’ll have a question period, and perhaps some of the audience will have their own family stories to share of those days before the road, when the way in and out was by CPR’s Coastal Steamship Service. This book would make a great gift for any history buffs in your life.  Ian will have books on hand for sale and signing


Annual General Meeting -

AGM Saturday, April 13, 2024, 1:30 p.m

Ucluelet Community Centre Rms. 1 & 2

Guest Speakers:

 Phil Hood and David McIntosh


Ucluelet and Area Historical Society Annual General Meeting and Presentation

Every year following our brief annual meeting, an entertaining speaker presents a lecture/slide show on a specific historical topic. This year it’s GRAVEYARD OF THE PACIFIC presented by collector Phil Hood.

We’ve all heard the phrase “graveyard of the Pacific” used to describe our dangerous rocky coast that took the lives of so many seafarers over the centuries. Phil Hood was fascinated by the topic since his youth, the day he happened suddenly on a cliff edge overlooking that rough shoreline. He’s been collecting information and documentation on the coast’s shipwreck history for a lifetime. He’ll illustrate his talk with photos, maps and documents, beginning with the earliest sailing ship tragedies, and continuing up to the strange story of the wreck of a modern freighter in the 1970s, when ship-board technology should have prevented any such event. We hope some local people in attendance may have a family story of their own to share during the question period.


May 11 - 2024 - Mother's Day Plant Sale

10am – 2pm ~     at the UAC Hall –

Every Spring, generous local gardeners donate their excess plants, or even grow extra seedlings just for our fund-raising sale. Volunteers assist with preparation and pricing, and a broad variety of plants are available at reasonable prices. The sale is always set for the Saturday before Mother’s Day, so you might find just the right gift for your gardening mother, or even a house plant.

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!

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