The District of Ucluelet issued a warning to beachgoers regarding the extreme height of the waves during a storm this year on October 19 & 20. You know what that means… it’s finally storm watching season in Tofino and Ucluelet!
This winter, make it the time to watch a storm unfold in action on Canada’s west coast. This is an incredible sight to behold during Vancouver Island’s rainiest season of the year and its off season. Rain, sun, wind, and tides combine forces to create a storm; no two storms are exactly the same here. It’s more than just a season: it’s something to do and a completely different state of mind.
To ensure you are arriving in time for the main events (the storms), it’s best to follow the advisory bulletins. You can find some posted online by the Environment Canada Marine Forecast, Storm Surge BC, and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Accommodations are available at the Wickaninnish Inn and the Pacific Sands Beach Resort, to name just a few.
Please use extreme caution on the beaches, shorelines, docks, marinas, and coastal waters in and around Ucluelet and Tofino when the storms hit! Here are some great tips from CoastSmart:
- Avoid trails and beaches during storm events
- Stay away from exposed shorelines and stay off rocks
- Unexpected waves can suddenly flood shorelines
- Large waves can surge above the tide line
- High tides and waves can roll logs
For public safety reasons the District of Ucluelet may close some beaches and trails temporarily. Watch for updated statements and refer to the latest marine forecasts for further details. You can also monitor the situation through the Canadian Coast Guard radio or Weatheradio stations.
Event Name: Storm Watching Season
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Locations: Tofino and Ucluelet BC
Featured image credit: “Wickanninish Inn in storm season” by Ruth Hartnup, https://www.flickr.com/photos/ruthanddave/423653063/. Licensed by https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/.