Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet

Comments 5 by John Biehler

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After driving for a number of hours from Courtenay, our tour pulled up to the beautiful Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet. I didn’t quite know what to expect before arriving but when we did, we were all awestruck by the natural waterfront setting the resort was built around.

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Immediately upon checking into my room, the stunning views overwhelmed me with every well appointed room having floor to ceiling windows. Even the bathroom had glass doors that could be opened allowing you to see the ocean from the enormous bathtub and shower:

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

One very unique feature of an oceanfront resort like this is that you can’t help but leave your windows and balcony doors open at night…nothing is more soothing than hearing the waves crash below your window. The only downside to a room like this is that you may not get much sleep as you’ll want to watch the sun come up in the morning everyday, no matter what time that may be.

Sunrise out my window
Sunrise from my balcony

After getting settled, we headed down to the wine cellar, located in the lower portion of the resort where Executive Chef Andrew Springett had created a special menu to allow us to sample everything the restaurant had to offer:

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Dinner featured a selection of Vancouver Island and BC wines including Averill Creek Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, Alderlea Hearth and Quail’s Gate Chenin Blanc:

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

We then began with plate after plate of unique food combinations and wine pairings:

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Birch Syrup Cured Coho Salmon, Poached Spot Prawn, Micro Celery

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Fraser Valley Rabbit, Celeriac & Green Apple Remoulade, Red Leaf Greens

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Warm squab breast, parmesan truffle ravioli, onion & leek fondue

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Apple Glazed Black Cod, Crisp Gnocchi, Scallions with Japanese Mushrooms,
Lemon Dressed Apple and Frisee Salad

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Sauterne poached pear, almond glass, sweet Genoise

It’s worth noting that the Black Rock had the fastest wireless internet connection speed I’ve ever experienced, let alone in a hotel. It certainly made it easier to quickly upload all the photos you see in this post while I was staying there, giving me more time to enjoy the amazing views from my room.

Sadly it's time to check out of the Black Rock

Suffice to say, I didn’t want to leave.

Related posts from the rest of the tour of Vancouver Island include caving in the Horne Lake Caves, surfing in Ucluelet and a zodiac tour of the Broken Group Islands.

John is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveller. You can find him on Twitter and at where he discusses photography and all sorts of technology. All photos in this post were taken by John.

Disclosure: Activities, services and dining experiences during the trip were compliments of Tourism Vancouver Island or the operators and businesses mentioned.

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5 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. NatalieTuesday, February 22nd, 2011 — 2:42pm PST

    Really glad to hear you enjoyed your stay! Love the photo’s you’ve included in your post! I’m actually heading up there for a two night stay this weekend, getting very excited to stay at the resort and go scouting for photographs!

  2. CurtisTuesday, February 22nd, 2011 — 9:09pm PST

    Looks very serene and relaxing

  3. TylerWednesday, February 23rd, 2011 — 8:14am PST

    We were looking to stay there at the Blackrock Resort. Forget why we didn’t do it, I think it was the price of the rooms or something.

    Would be a nice place for a little getaway after our wedding though. Who

  4. Deep’s Sunshine CleaningWednesday, February 23rd, 2011 — 5:37pm PST

    Wow, these pictures are incredible! Looks like an amazing place to stay. Too bad we don’t provide cleaning services in Ucluelet!!

  5. Brian MayenburgTuesday, January 24th, 2012 — 9:06pm PST

    I have lived in Comox for 5 years now, and I can not believe that this amazing retreat is right in my back yard. I can only wish to win something so spectacular.

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