Sail Past parades will arrive in Tofino tonight and Ucluelet on Wednesday as the West Coast cozies into the holiday spirit. Sail Past parades will arrive in Tofino tonight and Ucluelet on Wednesday as the West Coast cozies into the holiday spirit.

Holiday vessel parades in Tofino and Ucluelet

“It’s what makes Ucluelet a community, when we all get together.”

A uniquely coastal Christmastime celebration will light up Tofino’s harbour Saturday night and Ucluelet’s harbour next week.

The Tofino Resort and Marina is excited to present the first Sea of Lights parade of festive vessels on Dec. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m.

The event will see decorated boats sailing around Strawberry Island while spectators enjoy holiday treats and beverages served up by resort staff.

Local boaters in Ucluelet are busy dolling their vessels up in festive merriment in preparation for the community’s annual Harbour Lights Sail Past boat parade in front of the Whiskey Dock on Dec. 13 starting at 7 p.m.

Anyone wanting to put their boat in the parade can sign up by contacting Lara Kemps at the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce at 250-726-4641 or

Kemps touted the longstanding celebration of oceanic light as “a great community family event,” that will include live music as well as free hot cocoa and cookies as spectators vote on which vessel shone with the most holiday splendour.

“It’s just a fabulous community event and we’re happy to be looking after it this year,” Kemps said. “It gets everyone out and socializing on, hopefully, a nice crisp evening. We love our community, so it’s a great thing for everyone to get together.”

She said it’s important for the community to come out and contribute to the merriment.

“It’s what makes Ucluelet a community, when we all get together. It’s what we love about our community and what brings tourists into our community, because they get that feel,” she said.

“It’s just a very casual community affair. It’s great to go down to the dock for an hour and hang out with your friends and see people you haven’t seen in a long time, listen to some Christmas music and get into the Christmas spirit.”

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