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JANUARY 2014 

Storm-watching
January to April

Experience a wet and wild west coast winter! Nothing is more exhilarating than the fury of the wind, rain and waves during a winter storm.

Ucluelet Monday Night: Showing “Jayne Mansfield’s Car
January 13th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Clayoquot Community Theatre
www.Uclueletmovies.blogspot.com

This community event is held every Monday night at the Clayoquot Community Theatre

Four Oars and 4800 KMS: Crossing the Atlantic by Rowboat & Disappearing in the Bermuda Triangle
January 16, 2014
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Darwin’s Café in the Ucluelet Botanical Gardens
http://raincoasteducation.org/education-programs/speaker-series
Phone: 250-725-2560

This is the presentation of a transplant of Toronto, and adventurer Markus Pukonen. His photos, video and stories tell of his attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean, a near 2800km from Dakar, Sengal to Miami USA. He is a member of the Canadian Wildlife Federation Africa to the Americas Expedition. He paired with the Oar Northwest team to research oceanographic, physiologic and physical data in order to educate and inspire kids through the adventure. He was on the ocean 72 days before capsizing at sea in rough waters 650km north of Puerto Rico.

Ucluelet Monday Night: Showing “The Fruit Hunters
January 20th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Clayoquot Community Theatre
www.Uclueletmovies.blogspot.com

This community event is held every Monday night at the Clayoquot Community Theatre

West Coast Winter Music Series – Kelby Macnayr Quartet
January 25, 2014
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Clayoquot Community Theatre
Phone: 250-725-4455

Come join the 14th season of Winter Music in Ucluelet! This is LIVE entertainment brought to you by the skilled Kelby Macnayr Quartet. This Quartet brings to town an amazing array of talent with four extraordinary musicians: saxophonist Phil Dwyer, drummer Kelby MacNayr, bass player Tom Wakeling and pianist Miles Black. Their music will cover jazz to classic.

Ucluelet Monday Night: Showing “Captain Phillips
January 27th, 2014
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Clayoquot Community Theatre
www.Uclueletmovies.blogspot.com

This community event is held every Monday night at the Clayoquot Community Theatre

AGM and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob Hooper
January 29th, 2014
Time: 6pm
Location: Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium
www.nlen.ca/events/petty-harbour-mini-aquarium-agm/

Come celebrate the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium’s first season and hear about our plans for next year! Join our special keynote speaker Dr. Bob Hooper, Professor at MUN and past director of the Bonne Bay Marine Station about the impact of marine education in the province.

FEBRUARY 2014
Just Add Water Surf / Sup / Yoga Ucluelet Retreat
February 7 to 10, 2014
Location: South Chesterman’s Beach
www.Uclueletpaddlesurf.com
Phone: 250-266-1997Join
Catherine Bruhwiler & Kristy Wright Schell and other like minded people at beach front home on the beach in Ucluelet – your 2 night westcoast retreat includes Surfing, SUP and Yoga – FOR ALL LEVELS. In addition to accommodations, spend time with new and old friends,  time on the beach and getting away from the everyday!
This retreat is open to ALL Levels of surfing, SUP’ing and Yoga as Catherine and Kristy will impart their coaching and individual attention as needed. In addition the week will be comprised of SETTING GOALS – Kristy will coach us in the art of creating a life you’ve always wanted – or achieving those things you’ve ALWAYS wanted but felt you were ‘too old’ ‘not ready’ or ‘not deserving.’
Ucluelet Family Day 5K
February 10, 2014
Location: North chesterman Beach Parking Lot on Lynn Road
www.facebook.com/events/785936864755116/
Get moving with your friends and family on BC’s second annual Family Day! Join us for a 5km run, walk, or jog on beautiful Chesterman Beach!   There will be a 1km kids race to kick things off.
Come early to register and take part in the pre-run warm up, hosted by Katt Rosene of Ucluelet’s Endless Fitness.Ucluelet Film Festival
February 12-16, 2014
http://www.feastUcluelet.com
Taste Ucluelet’s sustainable boat to table cuisine in this month-long culinary celebration.  Prix-fixe menus offered at a number of restaurants highlight local seafood like salmon, Dungeness crab and sweet spot prawns while the Dockside Festival returns as a signature event!  Past events include a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) lesson paired with seaweed exploration, as well as an Indian cooking class at a beachfront estate. Check back in for more information about the 4th annual Feast Ucluelet!
West Coast Winter Music Series – Lorraine Min
February 22, 2014
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Clayoquot Community Theatre
Phone: 250-725-4455

Listen to this critically acclaimed pianist, who has been heard world-wide and known for her creativity and talent.

Alberni Clayoquot Health Network

February 26-27, 2014

Transportation Consultation Events

Opportunities for public input will be through a social media campaign and World Cafe transportation discussion and mapping events held in the following communities.

www.acrd.bc.ca/cms.asp?wpID=376

Ucluelet Community Engagement Feb 26

Ucluelet Community Engagement Feb 27

MARCH 2014

Ucluelet Aquarium Re-Opens
March 2015
www.uclueletaquarium.org/

Visit the Ucluelet Aquarium and experience the amazing marine life that inhabits the waters of Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds. Our knowledgeable interpreters explain the mysteries of the sea and our specimens are returned back to the wild.

Clayoquot Action – More Precious Than Gold

March 4th, 2014

7:30-9pm

Ucluelet Botanical Gardens Ecolodge

Clayoquot Action invites you to attend a lively evening of discussion. Saya Masso, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Resource Manager will provide an update on efforts to prevent Imperial from mining the Tranquil Tribal Park. Jessica Clogg from West Coast Environmental Law will discuss the move to reform BC’s archaic mining laws, and Ucluelet Mayor Josie Osborne will describe the role Ucluelet has played so far. Come find out what you can do to keep Clayoquot mine-free!

British Columbia’s Mineral Tenure Act has remained substantially unchanged since the 1800s. For over 150 years mining activity has been given priority over virtually all other land uses, and generated conflict throughout the province. Even here in Clayoquot Sound—Imperial Metals was recently granted a permit to explore for gold in the Tranquil Tribal Park, despite opposition from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. It’s time to modernize BC’s outdated legislation in a way that ensures the full range of interests—including social, cultural, ecological and economic—are given fair consideration. Suggested donation $5

www.clayoquotaction.org

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Big Beach Cinema: Walking with Dinosaurs

March 7th-8th, 2014

See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages. (rated G)

Walking with Dinosaurs

 

Burton – Mcrae – Rhodes Trio 

March 15, 2014

Location: The Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre

Tickets: $15

Come Hear Canada’s Best Unknown Pianist, Before He’s Famous. Inspired by jazz greats The Keith Jarrett Trio, and Steve Swallow while including impressionistic elements from the likes of Chopin and Gerswhin, this trio delivers compositions that are creative, melodic and interactive. Combine these talents with a casual on stage banter and spontaneity and you’ve got a performance that will leave you wanting more.

 

ArtSplash – Pacific Rim Arts Society’s Annual Spring Art Show

March 15th, 2014

Location: Black Rock Hotel

www.pacificrimarts.ca
PRAS ArtSplash! 2014

West Coast artists’ work on display and available for purchase. Come view paintings, drawings, ceramics, 3-D & multi-media works, jewelery, photography, carvings, sculpture & more. This event grows ArtSplash! Art Show 2014 features a selection of regional artists showing a diversity of medium and genre. Each year the ArtSplash! Annual Art Show attracts attention from visitors and locals alike. Black Rock Oceanfront Rersort is host to the amazing display of works, drop by for daily Artists in Action.

Pacific Rim Whale Festival
March 15-23, 2014
Location: Ucluelet / Ucluelet
www.pacificrimwhalefestival.com/

Gray Whales have heralded the coming of spring along the west coast of Vancouver Island for thousands of years. Grays travel close to shore, pausing to feed in shallow waters, providing excellent viewing opportunities from strategic shore locations or get aboard a whale watching tour. As well as the unique opportunity to see these huge marine mammals, the festival offers daily educational and fun events in Pacific Rim National Park, and the communities of Ucluelet and Ucluelet designed to involve the whole family. Ocean scientists and whale researcher present programs about whale migration, biology and the conservation efforts that have brought the Gray whales back from the edge of extinction. There will be lots to see, do and learn, so come on over to the wild west coast to see the Gray Whales on Parade!

 

Artsplash! Pacific Rim Arts Society’s Annual Spring Arts Society

Pacific Rim Whale Festival 2014 – Event with Raincaost Education Society

March 18, 2014

Join Ucluelet Paddle Surf instructor and guest naturalist, Dan Harrison from the Raincoast Ed. Society on a 2-hr intro paddleboarding tour of Ucluelet protected mudflat area. Experience the wildlife, scenery and excitement of paddleboarding in this unique and rearely marine environment.

$55 fee includes everything.

 

Roy Hendry Vickers Storytelling (Pacific Rim Whale Festival)

March 20-23

Location: 350 Campbell St., Ucluelet BC

Start time: 11:00 am daily

www.royhenryvickers.com

Phone: 250-725-3235

Mother Earth

This event is free and everyone is welcome! Come ten minutes early to find a great seat!

Tale to Tale

March 25, 2014

Location: Weigh West Harbour Lounge, Ucluelet 

Time: 6pm-10pm

Two Talks, One Night, All about Whales, Music, Wild Seas and More! Join Serge Dedina and Jim Nollman for an evening of entertainment and education.

6PM – In his new book, Serge Dedina outlines his account of an ongoing battle to preserve the Baja Peninsula from further development. Join him to hear more about his adventures and pursuits. Back by popular demand from 2010 Whalefest.

8PM – Jim Nollman plays music with animals! He tried it with ravens, dolphins, bellbirds, frogs, orcas, humpback whales and elk. He has appeared on 60 Minutes strumming an Indian raga with whales off Vancouver Island. Today he specializes in musical communication with whales. Join him on Friday night to learn more.

APRIL 2014

BC Arts and Culture Week April 2014

April 2014

Celebrating arts and culture in both Ucluelet and Ucluelet. Join the fun, get creative and perform in the most unlikely places.

The Month of the Flying Geese

April 2014

In the Nuu-Chah-Nulth language, April is aptly known as the Month of the Flying Geese. In addition to the thousands of Gray Whales that migrate past our shores in April, tens of thousands of birds and wildfowl reach the West Coast in their annual migration. Gray Whales continue to pass the shoreline as well.

Great Gray Whale Migration
Spring 2014

Thousands of Gray whales pass the west coast of Vancouver Island during their annual spring migration. Best time of year to see groups of whales with young. Later in the year resident whales are typically seen. The best way to see whales is on a nature tour.

West Coast Winter Music Series – Soprano & Pianist
April 5, 2014
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Clayoquot Community Theatre
Phone: 250-725-4455

Join us for a night of pianist Robert Kortgaard and soprano Rebecca Caine as they sing Broadway and opera songs.

6th Annual Earth Day Pancake Breakfast

April 22nd, 2014

On April 22nd the Ucluelet masses will gather on the village green to scarf down stacks of hemp pancakes and gulp mugs of hemp coffee to celebrate Earth Day ­ a day to rekindle commitments to building a cleaner world. Earth Day is meant to broaden support for environmental programs and build community activism worldwide through events like the flea market and the Ucluelet pancake breakfast. All funds generated through donations will go to the Raincoast Education Society ­ a non-profit society aimed at educating both children and adults about the natural environment.

MAY 2014
8th Annual George Fraser Day & Heritage Fair
May 2014 (On a Saturday – TBD)
Celebrate West Coast pioneer George Fraser, and the beautiful rhododendrons that are our heritage. Historical displays; Old Time Fiddlers; Silent Auction; Raffles; Door Prizes; and plant sale.

Clayoquot Island Preserve – Stubbs Island May Long weekend annually

May 2014

Annual opening of a wildlife refuge and gardens owned by the Land Conservancy. Free tours once a year only on the May Long weekend. Once frequented by famed author John Steinbeck and his friend, marine biologist Ed “Doc” Rickets, both of “Cannery Row” fame. Free water taxis leave from Ucluelet Harbour

Derby Registration Begins
May 1 to Sept 3, 2014
Registration: www.uclueletsalmonladderderby.com

Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby – Fish Off Draw – for 5 spots, one rod per participant

Feast! Ucluelet-Ucluelet Culinary Guild
May 1 to 31, 2014
www.feastbc.com
Phone: 250-266-8338

The Ucluelet-Ucluelet Culinary Guild is cooking up something delicious -and local- for you! Celebrate our sustainable boat-to-plate tradition with this month-long homage to our salmon, spot prawns, and Dungness Crab. Savour prix fixe menus offered throughout the area, and enjoy a cornucopia of unique experiences pairing local and visiting chefs with some outdoor adventure and choice flavours! Visit the FeastBC website. This event culminates in the Food and Wine Festival.
Highlights:

  • Multi-course, menus for $29, $39 and $49
  • Local Ucluelet Restaurant participating local and guest chefs
  • Spot Prawn Festival
  • Ucluelet Salmon Festival Week

11th Annual Shorebird Festival
May 2 to 5, 2014
Phone: 250-725-2560
www.raincoasteducation.org

Tens of thousands of birds and wildfowl reach the West Coast in their annual migration. Ucluelet/Ucluelet is directly in the path of the Pacific Flyway, and is an ideal location for nature watchers. Overhead large flocks of birds fill the sky. The estuaries along Barkley Sound and Clayoquot Sound are resting places for the flocks. Join the Raincoast Education Society for slide shows, guided birdwatching, a photography workshop and a Mudflats Stewardship celebration! Learn more about these amazing birds that stop on our local mudflats and beaches for just a few days during a journey thousands of kilometers long.

Ucluelet Historic Society Plant Sale

May 10, 2014 – Saturday

Raffles; Door Prizes; and plant sale.

Billabong Surf Camp for Women
May 17, 2014
http://surfsister.com/surf-camps/billabong-camps/

JUNE 2014

Ripcurl Pro Ucluelet

June 2014
http://ripcurlproUcluelet.com/

The event has now grown to attract Canada’s top professional surfers, veterans, longboarders, juniors, and crowds of spectators to Cox Bay in Ucluelet, BC. The event is a celebration of Canada’s surf culture with a great vibe on and off the beach. The Ripcurl Pro Ucluelet set for June 9th and 10th, 2012, promises to deliver another exciting weekend in Canadian surfing.

360 Cadillac Van Isle Yacht Race
June 2015
www.vanisle360.com
Yacht race that circumnavigates Vancouver Island every second year. Stops in Ucluelet at the Small Boat Harbour where the West Coast Motel is located.

Aboriginal Days
June 2014

Aboriginal Day celebrations at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve · Native performances of dance and music. Guided Nuu-chch-nulth Trail tour· Lunch provided by donation
Children’s Events:
· Face painting
· Language game
· Stealing Sticks game on beach
Artists-in-aciton:
· Numerous Artists demonstrate their crafts

12th Annual Ucluelet Food & Wine Festival
June 6-8, 2014
Location: Ucluelet Botanical Gardens
www.Uclueletfoodandwinefestival.com

The festival will showcase BC’s fine wines and Vancouver Island food by Ucluelet’s finest culinary talent. A weekend of food and wine events focused on the best of British Columbia. Guest winemakers from the Okanagan, Lower Mainland, Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island will migrate to the wild west coast to showcase their best. Local chefs will be creating canapes and feature dinners alongside winemakers, highlighting the marriage between food and wine!

Edge to Edge Marathon
June 7-9, 2014
Phone: 250-726-4641
www.edgetoedgemarathon.com/registration.php

The Edge to Edge Marathon has just been selected by Attractions Canada as the #1 Athletic Attraction in all of Canada! Run the official marathon distance between Ucluelet and Ucluelet. Take on the challenge of the West Coast! Starting at the small village of Ucluelet, you will run a slightly undulating scenic course through Pacific Rim National Park, finishing in the District of Ucluelet – a perfect Marathon distance through a perfectly “natural” course. Register early. Contact the Edge to Edge Marathon or call the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce for details.

July 2014
Canada Day
July 1, 2014
The West Coast’s annual celebration of Canada’s Birthday. Activities in the Pacific Rim National Park at Wickinninnish Beach and in Ucluelet. Includes sand castle building, childrens’ crafts and activities, beach volley ball, family BBC and of course – a parade! Festivities include Colour Guard Parade, children’s crafts and activities, sand castle competition, beach volleyball, free family BBQ and more! Sponsored by Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, activities will take place on Wickaninnish Beach and in Ucluelet.

Pacific Rim Summer Festival

July 1-15, 2014
Concerts, Film, Dance and the spoken word – Ucluelet and Ucluelet
Pacific Rim Arts Society

Ukee Days 2014
July 25 – July 27, 2014
Location: Ucluelet
www.ukeedays.wordpress.com
A weekend of fun for the whole family! The fun starts on Friday with a Salmon Barbecue on the Village Green followed by an entertainment event. Saturday events include a parade, Lions Club pancake breakfast, Logger Sports, Ukee Days Dance, kids games, face painting, live entertainment, exhibitors, contests, prizes and much more. The highlight of Sunday activities is a great lineup of live music.

August 2014

Billabong Surf Camp for Women
August 2-4, 2014
http://surfsister.com/surf-camps/billabong-camps/
Lantern Festival
August 17, 2014
Time: 7pm
Location: Ucluelet Botanical Gardens
www.raincoasteducation.org
Come join the enchantment! Build a paper lantern at the Rainforest Interpretive Centre then bring your creation to the festival at the Ucluelet Botanical Gardens for a walk through magical forest paths and reflecting pools. Performers add music from the shadows. Not to be missed! The Ucluelet Lantern Festival is our ‘signature’ community event and fundraiser, drawing the young and old with an unbelievable variety of hand made lanterns. The Ucluelet Lantern Festival was born in 2001 and since then has grown to feature local musicians and artists and includes a ‘permanent collection’ of locally-created West Coast lanterns. Many of these lanterns are modeled on local flora and fauna, such as mushrooms, sharks, flowers, fish, owls, banana slugs, and trees, but there is also a village worth of houses, a constellation of stars, a galaxy of planets, a yard of recycling lanterns and much, much more. And best of all, each year new lanterns are created and paraded around the garden trails by children and ‘children-at-heart.’ Don’t miss this magical, candle-lit celebration of West Coast culture!
SEPTEMBER 201434th Anniversary Terry Fox Run
September 14, 2014
www.terryfox.org/Run/Terry_Fox_Run_dates.html
Terry Fox Run on the Wild Pacific Trail

West Coast Maritime Festival September 2014

September 2014
The tall ships are coming to visit.
www.tonquinfoundation.org/

PRAS Cultural Heritage Festival

September 2014

www.pacificrimarts.ca/

Celebrates the rich west coast culture and heritage. Events will include exciting exhibits, workshops, demos, feasts and activities for the whole family. Our focus this year is the Traditional Art of Wood Carving and Cedar Bark Weaving. The public will have the opportunity to observe master carvers at work and learn carving techniques through workshops and public demonstrations.

OCTOBER 2014

Queen of the Peak

http://queenofthepeak.com/

The Queen of the Peak is an annual all Women’s Surf Contest created by Surf Sister and Shelter Restaurant. This event showcases and celebrates the amazing female surf talent present here on the west coast.

Halloween Howl

October 31, 2014

In Ucluelet at 7:30 at Seaplane Base Recreation Hall. Haunted house, fireworks, hot chocolate!

NOVEMBER 2014

The Mermaid’s Masquerade

November 14,2014

Location: Ucluelet Community Hall (357 Arnet Rd)

Tickets On Sale Sept.1st ,2014

The Mermaid’s Masquerade is a costume party like no other. Picture a Ucluelet Halloween party only all the costumes are under the sea themed and the candy on offer is a pillow case full of oysters.  There will be prizes awarded for Best Costume (Male, Female and best couple).  There will be a free shuttle home beginning at 11pm.  It will stop safely along the highway to let people out and be stopping at all the major resorts along the highway.

The Oyster Gala

November 15, 2014
Location: Ucluelet Community Hall 357 Arnet Rd
Doors open @ 7pm

Always one of the most memorable nights of the year the oyster gala aims to fulfill all your oyster desires.  Local restaurants will showcase their inspired oyster dish for all to indulge. Of course with any great regional food event comes great BC wine, beer and cider for oysters to walk hand in hand with.   And For those thirsty for competition there will be both the popular “Best Oyster Dish” judged by all oyster lovers in the house as well as a unique to Ucluelet chef/farmers oyster shucking relay, demonstrating Clayoquot Sound’s love of opening and eating our magnificent Ocean’s treats. There will be a free shuttle home beginning at 9:30pm.  It will stop safely along the highway to let people out close to where they live and be stopping at all the major resorts along the highway.

Oysters Afloat: Lemmens Inlet Oyster Farm Tours
November 16, 2014
Phone: 250-725-3330
www.remotepassages.com/events/oysters.html

Eager to learn more about our local Clayoquot Sound oysters? Take a trip up pristing Lemmens Inlet to an oyster farm and see why these farmers have the best office in the world.  They will answer all your oyster inquiries and give you an opportunity to taste the freshest oyster you have ever had right from the sea.
$30 plus gst per person. It’s recommended to get tickets beforehand at Remote Passages Marine Excursions

Ucluelet Film Festival
November 2014
www.Uclueletfilmfestival.com/
The Ucluelet Film Festival always delivers consciousness raising, chuckle inducing, thought provoking entertainment with its thoughtfully curated films.
Clayoquot Oyster Festival

November 2014

www.oystergala.com

DECEMBER 2014
Midnight Madness & Harbour Lights Sail Past
December 2014
Come and enjoy all the local deals and watch the sail past with Santa at Ucluelet Harbour afterward! Ucluelet Aquarium Release DayDecember 2014
www.uclueletaquarium.org/
Come on down and lend a hand! Ucluelet Aquarium