Premier Listings: Storm Watching Accommodation on Vancouver Island

Take a break from your winter skiing trip in British Columbia 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 of Vancouver Island – 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.

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.

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Wickaninnish Inn
Osprey Lane at Chesterman Beach PO Box 250 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Phone: 250-725-3100Fax: 250-725-3129Toll Free: 1-800-333-4604Visit Website

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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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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
PO Box 310 596 Marine Drive Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Phone: 250-726-4800Fax: 250-726-2430Toll Free: 1-877-762-5011Visit Website

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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.

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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
1421 Pacific Rim Highway Box 237 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Phone: 250-725-3322Fax: 250-725-3155Toll Free: 1-800-565-2322Visit Website

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Located beachfront on spectacular Cox Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Pacific Sands Beach Resort sits on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park, a short scenic drive from Long Beach as well as the charming, seaside village of Tofino – famous for local culture and artisans.

Blessed with over 40 acres and 1,000 feet of sandy beach, and built on family, romance and fun, guests have revered and returned to Pacific Sands for decades. From s’mores and board-games around the gazebo, to surfing adventures and boardwalk strolls to Pettinger Point, it’s a hotbed of history and memories.

Breathe in the intoxicating ocean air as you relax on your private deck. Enjoy home-cooked meals from your fully-equipped kitchen or venture out to a variety of restaurants for local flavours. Renowned for year round activities, explore summer fishing, whale watching and golf, winter storm watching, and all season beachcombing.

From wise, old-growth forests and the relentless melody of pounding surf, to make-yourself-at-home resort services and hospitality, experience Pacific Sands Tofino accommodations – the perfect convergence of land, sea and simple pleasures.

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Cabins at Terrace Beach
1090 Peninsula Road P.O. Box 315 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Phone: 250-726-2101Toll Free: 1-866-438-4373Visit Website

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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.

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