Morning salmon fishing and afternoon adventures on the Wild Pacific Trail
“This is the first big fish I’ve ever caught and I love to eat fish,” Bonnie McMillan told dock staff when she was weighing in her Catch of the Day. “Salmon is my favourite so this is awesome!”
Bonnie was visiting the Canadian Princess Resort from Ladysmith, BC. She came down island with her boyfriend to help out with maintenance at the resort and was very excited about squeezing in a fishing trip with Skipper Lynette on the Nootka Princess in between projects.
“This was my third time fishing, and the best time since it was the first time I caught a big fish!” exclaimed Bonnie. Her salmon weighed 12lbs-08oz.
While in Ucluelet the couple has done a little bit of exploring around town. They hiked along the Wild Pacific Trail, a world renowned walking trail that skirts the rugged coastline of Ucluelet’s peninsula. This well maintained gravel walking trail follows the rocky shoreline along cliff tops, pebbled beaches, and through ancient rainforest. There are many access points right in Ucluelet and plenty of benches and viewpoints along the trail to rest, or spend some time taking in the amazing coastal scenery.
“We loved the Wild Pacific Trail, especially checking out the lighthouse,” said Bonnie, referring to the Amphitrite Lighthouse.
This red-roofed, white-washed lighthouse is perched on a black rocky headland at Amphitrite Point. The original lighthouse was built in the early 1900s and was lit by a Wigham Lamp, fueled by a large vat of mineral oil with a long wick that was drawn out by clock work. In 1914 it was destroyed by a coastal storm and replaced a traditional lantern. Currently the lighthouse is automated and un-manned. Visitors can access it from the Coast Guard parking lot at the end of Coast Guard Drive.