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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
  • Please respect all temporary closures and follow directions on any associated postings.
Please note: Due to Infrastructure rehabilitation currently happening within the park, these storm watching locations may not be accessible. An alternative storm watching location is Amphitrite Point in the nearby community of Ucluelet.