If you’re one to embrace the moodiness of fall and winter weather, this is for you. BC is known to have quite a few winter storms every year, especially along the coast. On Vancouver Island, there are a handful of resorts and hotels with a front-row seat to all the action, so if you’re keen on witnessing some cool natural phenomena while staying cozy indoors, this is the way to do it. Here are 6 scenic resorts in BC that are perfect for winter storm-watching.

Tin Wis Resort

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Located on the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation along the south side of Tofino is Tin Wis Resort. In addition to its proximity to secluded beaches and nature, this renowned resort is known for its ideal vantage point for storm-watching.

Guests can stroll the sandy beaches and enjoy exhilarating winds, rent winter surf or paddle equipment, or watch from the comfort of their cozy suites with a hot beverage in hand.

Where: 1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino

Pacific Sands Beach Resort 

This pick is as beachfront as it gets, offering guests access to a variety of spacious surf-in/surf-out accommodations. This includes private peach houses and the resort’s signature hot tub suites – which come equipped with full kitchens, amenities, and access to other services. So whether you’re looking for good winter surf or want to check out some of Tofino’s annual events, this is a great option to do it all.

Where: 1421 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino

Haida House

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As its name suggests, Haida House is situated in the scenic and magical island of Haida Gwaii, home to the historic SG̱ang Gwaay village and protected UNESCO Heritage Site. The Haida House Lodge and oceanside cabins offer visitors the perfect setting for those seeking a unique storm-watching experience.

Guest cabins are just steps away from Graham Island’s dramatic east coast, where winds regularly hit more than 40 kilometres per hour from November through January.

Where: 2087 Beitush Road, Tlell

Wickaninnish Inn

 

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With stunning views of the ocean, you can’t go wrong with this destination. Wickaninnish Inn is a seafood lovers paradise so if that’s your calling, you now know where your next stay will be. The inn is also known for its ideal location between ancient rainforests and the sea – so nature lovers don’t have to choose between the two.

Where: 500 Osprey Lane, Tofino

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Wya Point Resort

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Known for its scenic coastline and wildlife viewing opportunities, Ucluelet is pretty much the destination for storm-watching. And Wya Point Resort is a great place to do it, as it’s situated on pristine, private beaches just outside of the town. Surrounding the property are 600 acres of old-growth forest with luxurious lodges and oceanside yurts that guests can choose from.

Where: 2460 Willowbrae Road, Ucluelet

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort 

ƛ̓um̓aaʔateʔic (Black Rock Oceanfront) Resort is located on a dramatic headland above the crashing waves below, making it a prime spot to storm-watch. And just minutes away from popular beaches, restaurants, forests, and other natural attractions, you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to building your trip itinerary!

Where: 596 Marine Drive, Ucluelet

So there you have it, storm-watchers! Enjoy your next winter adventure.