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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada

Storm Watching

Winter storm watching – while exhilarating – needs to be done from a safe distance 
Winter storm watching – while exhilarating – needs to be done from a safe distance
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Watching the full fury of a west coast storm is a memorable experience. November through March is the most dramatic storm season.

Being aware of storm watching risks can ensure you have a safe visit. Keep in mind:

  • Seasonal beach access closures and stair removal, high tides, and strong surges can make beach access unpredictable and treacherous.
  • Check the local weather forecast and surf conditions before you go.
  • Stay off the beaches and drift logs if the tide or swell is high.
  • Be wary of large waves, high tides, storm surges and rolling beach logs.
  • Observe the conditions closely before you step out onto the beach.
  • Consult a tide table, the swell forecast, and the park’s Wave Hazard sign before your shoreline activities.
  • Storm watch from designated safe viewing areas such as:
    • Kwisitis Visitor Centre’s Observation Deck at Wickaninnish Beach
    • Kwisitis Visitor Centre south to the Totem Pole at Lismer Beach
    • Florencia Bay Lookout