‘Storm-swept hideaway’: Vancouver Island community makes list of best Canadian getaways

‘Storm-swept hideaway’: Vancouver Island community makes list of best Canadian getaways
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A Vancouver Island community has made its way onto Canadian magazine Maclean’s list of “The Great Escapes: 10 Places to Visit in Canada Right Now.”

The list was curated by Maclean’s writers to highlight communities in B.C. that are off the beaten path, “somewhere less touristy, less congested, less expensive,” according to the list released earlier this month.

Ucluelet, located on western Vancouver Island, made the list of top getaways this year, and was just one of two B.C. locations to be included.

While Tofino may be the more talked about destination on Vancouver Island’s west coast, Maclean’s highlights Ucleulet’s easy access to parks, trails and ocean adventures – and its emerging food scene.

“In this torrential paradise, Ucluelet—Ukee, if you’re a local—draws adventurous cold-water surfers who come to ride the gnarly waves, kayakers eager to explore the protected Broken Group Islands, hikers attempting the 75-kilometre West Coast Trail and plenty of people looking to do nothing at all,” reads the list.


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The other B.C. location to make the list of “10 Places to Visit in Canada Right Now” is Sechelt, located along B.C.’s Sunshine Coast.

While Maclean’s describes Ucluelet as a “storm-swept hideaway,” Sechelt is highlighted as a “laid-back getaway.”

The magazine calls Secehlt a great mix of sandy beaches and lush forests – while also having a laid-back but “pulsing” island atmosphere.

“Sechelt offers the best of B.C.’s Sunshine Coast—with a touch of hippie charm,” said Maclean’s.

The full list can be found on the Maclean’s website.


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