Ucluelet, British Columbia, is located on Vancouver Island about six hours from Victoria. Steve Lehman of Aitkin visited Ucluelet and said it is an ancient settlement on the northern edge of Barkley Sound. Ucluelet takes its name from the Nuu-chah-nulth people's phrase, Yu-clutl-ahts, the people with a good landing place for canoes.
"That is part of why this is one of my favorite vacation photos," Lehman said. "The trip to get to this destination is on the adventurous side because people must take a ferry to Victoria and then travel by car over a mountain pass. Everywhere, there are great names like He-Tin-Kis and Nanaimo.
"The other reason was the exiting whale watching tour we went on in the 24-foot Zodiac raft in the foreground of the photo. After suiting up in our full body survival suits we headed out to the open Pacific. There we saw Grey whales that average in length from 30 to 40 feet and weigh up to 38 tons. They were right along side our raft. If that was not exciting enough, the 15-foot swells on the open ocean sure were. After we were shown the whales and the feel of the open ocean, they took us to some calmer inner-island waters where there was a large population of California Sea Lions and Stellar Sea Lions. It was a great trip."
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