The Cabins Culture
LIFE: Be In It!
The Cabins are located in Ucluelet at Terrace Beach, right at the start of the Wild Pacific Trail and Amphitrite point lighthouse and just south of the Pacific Rim National Park. We are a few minutes away from Long Beach, Clayoquot Sound and Tofino; and just north of the Broken Group Islands and Barkley sound. Whatever you choose to do, the Cabins is your home base on the west coast.
Ucluelet (pronounced “yew-kloo-let”) is flanked by the The Broken Group Islands to the south, and miles of windswept sand along the shores of Long Beach, to the north. Both of these areas are part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
The territory has a significant history, having been inhabited by the Nuu-chah-nulth people for thousands of years. A rich natural heritage evolved as Vancouver Island became isolated from the mainland, retaining a great diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish species.
Since the early days, ‘Life on the Edge’ has been tied to both land and sea. This was true for the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations who have stories and legends about living in the Ucluelet area since the world began (Archaeological evidence documents their presence as far back as 4,300 years.)
Things To Do In Ucluelet
The Pacific Rim draws tourists from all over the world, who come here to kayak, whale watch, hike, surf, comb the beaches, bird watch, fish, and generally enjoy the beauty of this incredible natural environment. They come as group of friends to partake in outdoor activities, as families for weddings, honeymoons or anniversaries. They come from all corners of the earth, as explorers. Our guest generally represent a demographic that are active (or not), appreciate the quiet, pristine natural setting, and care about the health of the environment.
Terrace Beach – Ucluelet Best Kept Secret
We are nestled on the edge of one of the worlds last remaining temperate rain forests, and the edge of the open pacific ocean, an area known as the pacific rim. Our site sits near Amphetrite Point, the northern headland of the Barkley Sound and broken group islands, and not far from Tofino. this area is home to a large variety of wildlife (black bears, cougars, deer, bald eagles, whales, sea lions, sea otters and salmon to name a few). The coastal, intertidal, and marine environments in this area are some of the most bio-diverse in the world.
Terrace Beach is one of the most bio-diverse beaches on the west coast at low tide. Please leave all living creatures; starfish, anemones, crabs and plants at the beach to help us keep it that way.
The World Renown Wild Pacific Trail
Winding boardwalks through dense forest emerging at headland viewpoints along the edge of the Pacific, Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail offers a new surprise at every bend. Whales, sea lions, seals, birds of all sorts live and feed in this area and may be viewed in the proximity of these rocks bordering the shoreline. Viewpoints and benches are frequent.
Storm-watching is a natural on this trail with many breath-taking views 20-30m above surge channels and outer reefs constantly pounded by ocean swells.
The Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre
Perched on the shore of the Pacific, this interpretive facility focuses on the open ocean. Through exhibits, displays, films and group activities, visitors glimpse the power and majesty of the earth’s largest and deepest ocean.
Wickaninnish Centre provides a theatre and exhibits, a viewing area, viewing scopes, accessible washrooms, all-terrain wheelchairs and portable assisted listening devices. Guided tours of the Centre can be arranged.
Open mid March to mid October. The Centre also houses the Wickaninnish Restaurant.
Birds of the Pacific Rim
Approximately 250 species of birds, mostly spring and fall migrants, have been identified within the areas surrounding The Cabins at Terrace Beach.
The Pacific Rim intercepts thousands of birds on their migratory journeys north and south. The diverse habitats available within the park, including sandy shores, rocky beaches, vertical cliffs, offshore islands and quiet estuaries and forests, offer attractive sites for bird populations.
Bird watching activities tend to be concentrated along the shorelines rather than the forests where thick vegetation often interferes with successful sightings. Quiet birds are not easily detected amongst the dense tangle of the rainforest.
The best bird watching coincides with seasonal migrations.
The Broken Group Islands
They are accessible only by boat, and herein lies their beauty: unspoiled wilderness and nothing more permanent than a few camping spots, and wildlife. The Broken Group scatters more than 100 rocky islands across the waters of Barkley Sound. Today, it’s a clean and entertaining playground for kayakers, sailors, and scuba divers.
Adding the Broken Group Islands to Pacific Rim National Park in the early 1970s ensured their preservation but also increased their popularity. A journey through this fascinating maze of waterways is no longer an out-of-reach wilderness experience. From late spring to early fall canoeists, kayakers, power-boaters and sailors congregate in the anchorages and campsites throughout the islands. Thousands of people tour the Broken Group every year.
Depending on where you go, you can spend all day virtually alone, encountering others only when it’s time to set up camp.
Pacific Rim National Park
Pacific Rim National Park offers 110 square miles of ancient coastal rain forest and wind-swept sandy beaches that seem to disappear off the horizon. Exploration around the west coast has been going on for over a century and the region is rich with history that stretches back thousands of years.
Doing Our Part
As a business that accommodates visitors to the Vancouver Island Pacific Rim, we operate our accommodation resort style business with an awareness of the impact that we have on the environment around us. We incorporate the following initiatives and programs to help preserve and protect the environment and wildlife around us.
The Cabins BEARhavior Program ®
Black bears are opportunists, garbage can be an easy meal for them. If they succeed in getting food from garbage once, then they will continue to return to the same location for food, and will go to greater and greater lengths go get this food reward. Once a bear has been reported within the town limits, conservation officers have no choice but to destroy the bear, due to the risk the bear poses to residents and visitors. We don’t want to be responsible for the killing of any bears, nor do we want any of our guests to be in danger of having an encounter with one.
This is why we have started the cabins BEARhavior program® which involves the following:
- No outside garbage bins on any of our Cabin decks.
- All garbage is kept inside for pick up and goes directly to our Bear Proof Garbage bin.
- Daily In-Cabin Garbage pick up upon request.
- Scheduled in-Cabin garbage pick-up after every two nights (on your third day).
- A bear aware orientation upon check in which can include our help with booking you on safe and respectful ‘bear watch’ tours in the area (as opposed to dangerous ‘bear watching’ on the local highway which has proven to cause vehicle accidents and endanger the local bear population).
The Cabins Recycling Program
Part of our cabin culture is feeling gratitude for the beautiful place we live, but that alone is not enough. We feel it is our responsibility to become custodians of our environment, and encourage our guests to adopt the same approach while visiting with us. One of the ways in which we do this is by reducing the amount of garbage that we send to our local landfill, and recycling all of our recyclable materials.
*At this time businesses in our area are only able to recycle returnable beverage containers. We hope to have the ability to recycle other items in the future. In the mean time please be aware that only bottles and cans can be recycled here and everything else will end up in our local landfill.*