Wednesday, October 1, 2014


About 30 minutes from Tofino in the opposite direction, Ucluelet doesn't feature the expansive Pacific beaches of it's more famous sister community. For that reason it hasn't attracted the same attention or press as Tofino.

If you find yourself up near there though, don't ignore it. It offers spectacular and rugged scenery in the form of the Wild Pacific Trail.

Along the trail, you'll encounter this lighthouse. You'll also hear a periodic low horn blowing. As I hiked the trail, I assumed that it was some sort of mechanical foghorn. I was partially right.

It was Ucluelet's 'Red Can' -- the unofficial name for Carolina Channel Light and Whistle Buoy LL136. It uses wave action to produce it's slightly mournful sound.

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