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Storm Watching in Tofino

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Lashing waves, giant swells, and gale force winds! This is high time to experience the fury of a West Coast winter storm on Vancouver Island. Whether you decide to watch the seabirds dancing in the wind from the comfort of your fireplace or to bundle up and join them, winter storms are the jaw-dropping experience of a lifetime. Although it is possible to witness a storm or two in late October or early March, the most reliable time to enjoy the bad weather in the Pacific Rim or Tofino area is from November through late February.

Storm watching is a special attraction in these parts. Imagine being able to see giant waves coming over 6000 km from Japan! You will be able to see them building up and colliding just in front of your eyes.

Full rain gear is provided in most hotels or guest rooms. Rubber boots are also available, so you can enjoy your walk through the rainforest or on the beach in comfort. There are even rain gear drying units available at the Driftwood Café where you can turn on the boot dryer, hang up whatever is wet, and enjoy soothing hot cocoa, coffee or tea, while you sit by a crackling wood fire. Within 15 minutes, you'll be ready to face the elements again!

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