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Ukee | nickname, place | Ubiquitous nickname for the town of Ucluelet (pop. 1707), which is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island about 40km south of Tofino. The name comes from the local Nuu-chah-nulth, and translates to “people of the safe harbour”.

Usage | “Even though it’s small and isolated on the edge of the continent, I’d move to Ukee tomorrow if I could…”

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