We haven’t been back to Vancouver Island for a long while but whenever I feel wistful, I always take a peek at the Ucluelet webcams.
In the language of the First Nations people (the Nuu-chah-nulth or Nootka) of the area, Ucluelet means “people of the safe harbour.” In the map below, you can see why. The town is on the exposed side of Vancouver Island with nothing to the west but the wide wild Pacific. At the tip of the peninsula there’s a lighthouse to mark the entrance into the safe harbour. This is Amphitrite Lighthouse which is a popular look out point on the Wild Pacific Trail.
If I ever need a quick pick-me-up, I look at the live video feed from the Amphitrite webcam. While I’m at it, I also check out what’s happening in the harbour. This morning I had two very different views.
This is fairly typical weather in Ucluelet, foggy mornings which burn off by noon. The town straddles the peninsula, so it’s normal to have the coastal side smothered in fog while the harbor side is crystal clear.
Depending the mood of the Pacific and the wilfulness of the west coast sun, it’ll take longer or shorter to burn off the fog. Sometimes there’s a battle between the elements and the fog will advance, retreat and advance again. I live on the coastal side and on days like that, I’m treated with scenes like this throughout the day.
If you’re ever curious to see the weather Ucluelet, here’s a link to the webcam.