Wow, I started school (1st/2nd grade) in that town.Back then, to drive to Ucluelet you'd take a two-lane road into the forest outside of Port Alberni and then look for the dirt road on the left. You'd drive on the dirt road for about sixty or seventy miles. Then you'd hit another paved road; turn left for Ucluelet or right for Long Beach - a 20-mile-long beach, not a town - and Tofino. Both towns were primarily fishing ports. I think some people in town were aware that surfboards existed in CaliforniaNow there's a four-lane highway. Long Beach is part of a provincial park, jam-packed throughout the summer, and a major surfing destination. And the towns are heavily tourist-oriented, although judging from the aerial photos there are still lots of commercial fishing boats.There's now also an airport near the north end of Long Beach, a bit south of Tofino. Back then, the airport didn't have a runway; instead, they used a lake. Literally. I'm not sure which lake it was, but there's no lake at all at the current airport.The few buildings in Ucluelet that I remember well enough to possibly recognize in satellite photos, seem to be gone except for the schools. Not surprising: it has been over 40 years, six-year-olds don't typically pay much attention to architecture, and the town has grown significantly.
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