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Ucluelet History Blog - an Occasional Series
The History Blog

Bringing Local History to Life

The history blog showcases some of the area’s most interesting history.  We aim to provide a small snapshot of stories and images from our archives that will bring local history to life and give new insights into some of the areas most recognisable landmarks, industries and people. The blog includes videos skillfully created by Phil Hood, a UAHS Board of Directors member. 

St. Aidan On-the-Hill

St. Aidan On-the-Hill

The Smallest Church on Vancouver Island in 1929 In 1929 this spot was the site of the smallest church on Vancouver Island. The tiny church was moved down the hill, where it served as a library, a gift shop and a teen gathering place, until it was finally demolished in...

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Military History

Military History

Many remnants of Ucluelet's military past can still be seen around the town.  During World War II, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Canadian Army were stationed in Ucluelet.The RCAF base was located on what is now Seaplane Base Road.The Stranraer aircraft...

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Early Logging

Early Logging

Logging has always been an exceptionally demanding and dangerous industry.  The first loggers didn't have access to power tools and machinery and had to do everything by hand using very rudimentary hand tools.In this image, Herbert James Hillier and George Grant stand...

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The Old Fishing Fleet

The Old Fishing Fleet

Ucluelet has long been recognised as a safe place to sit out a storm - the name even means 'Safe Harbour'.  In the first of our images of the fishing fleet you can see a group of three whaling boats moored at the wharf on the east side of Ucluelet Harbour.Salmon...

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Amphritrite Lighthouse

Amphritrite Lighthouse

The Pacific Ocean around Ucluelet was known as the Graveyard of the Pacific due to the high number of shipwrecks along the coast.The first Amphitrite Lighthouse was built at the point after the Pass of Melfort sank with all aboard.The unusual design of the second...

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Settler Families

Settler Families

Several places around Ucluelet are named after some of the first settler families in the area.  One example is Tugwell Fields named after the Tugwell family.  Their home and business building is still standing at the top of Main Street where it is now a thrift store...

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Early Transportation Links

Early Transportation Links

The First Nations used ocean going canoes to travel around the coast.  As European exploration and trading grew, ships became more frequent visitors to the settled coastal community. Sailing ships were at the mercy of the winds and the waves. Many were pushed towards...

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