Premier Listings: Storm Watching Accommodation on 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.

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.

Premier Listings

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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
1421 Pacific Rim Highway Box 237 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-3322Home Fax: 250-725-3155Work Phone: 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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Wickaninnish Inn
Osprey Lane at Chesterman Beach PO Box 250 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-3100Work Fax: 250-725-3129Work Phone: 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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Reef Point Cottages
Box 537 1012 Peninsula Road Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-4425Home Fax: 250-726-4429Work Phone: 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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Long Beach Lodge Resort
1441 Pacific Rim Highway PO Box 897 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-2442Home Fax: 250-725-2402Work Phone: 1-877-844-7873Visit Website

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Long Beach Lodge Resort offers oceanfront accommodations situated right on the expansive sandy Cox Bay beach, just 7km south of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Experience the natural beauty, wild Pacific surf, exceptional amenities and handcrafted cuisine at our luxurious beachfront resort. Choose between our oceanfront Lodge (41 Lodge rooms) or our 20 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. Come view Tofino’s biggest waves from the comfort of our iconic Great Room. Our on-site Surf Club Adventure Centre offers exciting services to resort guests and visitors to Tofino.

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Cabins at Terrace Beach
1090 Peninsula Road P.O. Box 315 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-2101Work Phone: 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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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
PO Box 310 596 Marine Drive Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-4800Work Fax: 250-726-2430Work Phone: 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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