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Storm Watching Accommodation and Tours

Pacific Winter storm at Long Beach
on the west coast of Vancouver Island
Take a break from your winter skiing trip to experience the raw power of the mighty Pacific Ocean as ferocious waves roll in from Japan and pound the shores of the rugged west coast - nature in all it's fierce majesty!

When the storm has passed, you'll be rewarded with peaceful strolls along cool, deserted beaches - a good time for beachcombing for washed-up treasures. Make the best of these La Nina seasons by creating opportunities to witness some spectacular weather.

Storm watching is stirring for children and adults alike, whether snug in a room with a view or out in a ferocious gale. On the west coast of Vancouver Island you can watch as the open Pacific unleashes its wrath against the shore. Waves 8 feet high roll in and pound the rocky headlands, hurling themselves up on the beach.

At Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park you can walk for miles along pristine sandy beaches and experience storm watching first hand. Within the boundaries of this magnificent park you will find accommodation right at the shore, affording bird's eye views of the sea and surf. Tofino and Ucluelet are the towns nearest the park, both offering a range of cozy accommodations.

Surf poundingthe rocks at Long Beach

Storm watching is not limited to the west coast of the island though, admittedly, it is quite spectacular along the Pacific shore. Along many of the beaches on the east side of the Island you can hear and watch some mighty storms roll in. Watch as a smooth sandy beach is transformed when hundreds of pieces of driftwood are pitched up onto its sandy shore. Likewise, the Gulf Islands experience some stunning electrical storms that can only be viewed out over the water.

Storm watching is a wondrous West Coast spectacle, at its best during the fall and winter months. Starting in October, a vast, persistent low-pressure system establishes itself in the Gulf of Alaska and begins to deepen. The turbulent frontal zone between arctic and subtropical air masses shifts southward and the Island finds itself in the path of the storm track. All through November, December, January and February, gale after gale slams into these exposed western shores.

  A Snug Harbour Inn, Ucluelet Listing Details 
Nestled on a cliff overlooking the rugged Pacific coast and surrounded by old growth forest we offer privacy and elegance to adults. All rooms in main building have private decks, ocean views, fireplaces, jetted tubs, lavish robes and heated bathroom floors. Large hot tub on deck, stairway to our private beach. Whale watching, kayaking and storm watching packages.
  Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Ucluelet Listing Details 
Escape to Vancouver Island for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or special event. Contact our spectacular Ucluelet resort for reservations, hotel information, event planning, or booking one of our exciting Vancouver Island getaway packages. Reserve your family vacation or weekend getaway online, and you’re on your way to creating magical memories of Vancouver Island, or call our friendly hospitality team to book your dream vacation.
  Cabins at Terrace Beach, Ucluelet Listing Details 
Enjoy a private beachfront cabin nestled in the clutches of a Pacific Rim rainforest, on the edge of the Wild Pacific Trail, where rugged shoreline meets the ferocious Pacific Ocean. Nature is everywhere, from huge expanses of sandy beaches, to intricate marine life in tidepools and giant cedars, hemlocks, and spruces. Located in Ucluelet at Terrace Beach, The Cabins is pet friendly.
  Island West Fishing Resort, Ucluelet Listing Details 
With decades of experience fishing the pristine waters of Barkley Sound and Clayoquot Sound, our team of locally experienced, professional guides provide the highest quality fishing excursion. Packages include lodging and an eight-hour fishing trip each morning. Also Flightseeing Tours, Canoe and Kayak trips, Whale Watching, Winter Storm Watching, and Hiking. Waterfront or water view camping sites. Moorage for short or long term visits.
  Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino Listing Details 
Experience the natural beauty, exceptional amenities and handcrafted cuisine at our luxurious beachfront resort. Choose between our oceanfront Lodge, or fully-equipped 2 bedroom Rainforest Cottages with private outdoor hot tubs. Our relaxed and inspirational west coast setting offers a perfect escape from your everyday responsibilities.
  Pacific Sands Beach Resort, Tofino Listing Details 
Pacific Sands Beach Resort is blessed with over 40 acres and 1,000 feet of sandy beach on Cox Bay, just 7km from the picturesque village of Tofino. Accommodations include Luxury Beach Houses, the Lodge, Beachfront and Lighthouse Suites, studios, one or two bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, and unstoppable breathtaking views from every suite. Ideal for families, romance and relaxing getaways. Pet friendly. Open year round. Rates from $180 per night. A wide variety of seasonal packages available to enhance your stay.
  Reef Point Cottages, Ucluelet Listing Details 
The charming and cozy Reef Point Cottages are located in Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island offering an exciting, intimate and self-indulging experience for those who want to explore British Columbia's most spectacular and natural landscape. Our accommodations include view and waterfront cottages with various sizes from studio to two bedrooms.
  Reef Point Oceanfront B&B, Ucluelet Listing Details 
Reef Point Oceanfront Bed & Breakfast is located in Ucluelet on the West Coast of Vancouver Island - a luxurious waterfront B&B surrounded by natural rain forest, overlooking the wild Pacific Ocean. Watch powerful ocean waves crash over rugged shores right from your suite! West Coast luxury where the rain forest meets the sea.
  Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino Listing Details 
The Wickaninnish Inn is an enchanting and critically acclaimed landmark offering rustic elegance on nature's edge. From remote fishing to sunset beach walks, your luxurious custom getaway is our priority, and no trip to BC would be complete without experiencing this remarkable Tofino destination. The Wickaninnish Inn offers accommodation with direct beach access, 75 deluxe rooms, and panoramic ocean or beach views from every guest room.
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