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Looking for info on charging in Ucluelet/Tofino, BC

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We're planning a trip up to Ucluelet (Ukee in local parlance) during December. I suspect my pax will expect to have at least some cabin heat and in any case this mission is beyond the single-charge, one-way range of the Bolt. Extrapolating my spine recovery, I'd prefer this to be Bolt rather than Volt mission.

Topping up after reaching Vancouver Island doesn't look like an issue, leaving juicing up to start home from Ucluelet as the main hurdle. We'll of course be taking the OEM cord with us but our stay won't be long enough to get enough juice into the car to start a return journey.

Big Google shows public charging stations in Ukee and Tofino.

Does anybody here happen to know the direct ground truth on charging at Ukee and Tofino?
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You're going at just the right time - almost a dozen new DC Fast chargers have been installed across the Island over the spring and summer, including one in Port Alberni and one at the Tofino visitor centre. I haven't personally visited either one, but both have the highest "10" rating on the PlugShare app and have comments indicating that people have charged at them successfully in the past week.

I would recommend:

a) Getting the PlugShare app for your smartphone, which tells you where the chargers are and lets you leave and see comments that will give you an idea of how busy and how reliable they are; and

b) Getting a Greenlots RFID card. Most of the fast chargers in BC are on the Greenlots network, and the RFID card lets you activate them. You can also activate the chargers via a smartphone app, but sometimes you come across chargers in areas without cellular service and in that situation having the card makes things so much easier.
On the drive there and back, I'd make sure to have enough time to stop for a free DCFC session at Nanaimo/Qualicum Beach (or Richmond/Vancouver {city}), which is kinda/sorta halfway between Ucluelet and Seattle.
Many of the fast charge sites here in Vancouver are free, and as a result they're very busy. If you need a charge, are in a hurry and don't mind paying for the privilege of charging, the fast charger at Empire Fields (on Hastings Street near Highway 1) charges $0.29/minute and is usually a lot less busy for it. That charger is on the ChargePoint network, so consider registering for an account and perhaps getting an RFID card from them.
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