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.

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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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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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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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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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A consistently top-ranked Tofino hotel on TripAdvisor, this family and dog-friendly resort offers beachfront and ocean view accommodations ranging from 520 to 1400 square feet and is the only resort in Tofino with fully-equipped kitchens.

Located steps from spectacular Cox Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the 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. From year-round adventures including infamous storm watching, to make-yourself-at-home resort services and hospitality, experience Pacific Sands Beach Resort – the perfect convergence of land, sea and simple pleasures.

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Reef Point Cottages
Box 537 1012 Peninsula Road Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Phone: 250-726-4425Fax: 250-726-4429Toll Free: 1-877-726-4425Visit Website

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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.

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