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