Ucluelet Winter Storm watching worth the trip!

Ucluelet Winter Storm watching worth the trip!


Storm watching is slowly gaining popularity among tourists. For the past years, people from all around the world have embarked in a voyage to Ucluelet to witness Mother Nature’s wrath. The storm watching season in Ucluelet begins in Novembers and lasts until March with the swells reaching almost twenty feet in height. They arise from Pacific Ocean and goes pounding on the sand and rocks of Ucluelet shores. During these stormy months, there are many accommodations offered in Ucluelet, many of them offering great views.

There are about five meters of rain per year happening in Ucluelet, most of it coming horizontally during the fierce storm seasons. The winds and gales come furiously smashing up the western coast, blasting into the rocks and leaving the beaches strewn with driftwood. The way the storm are created is from a low pressure air system that moves northbound right into the Gulf of Alaska. In the zone between, the subtropical air along with the arctic air get together and create a frontal wave. As the front wave travels south east in the direction of Vancouver Island, the pressure drops and now the low pressure system increases as do the winds and waves, which makes for the perfect storm recipe which comes down crashing upon the small Ucluelet.

The extreme weather along with the brutal winds and the Pacific Ocean’s might waves is what makes storm watching such an entertaining activity. Couple this with some mesmerizing scenery, and a safe place to enjoy the views, and you’ll have the recipe for an unforgettable experience.

Many places, such as B&Bs and Inns offer comfortable rooms with amazing views to watch the story. It is a much better experience to observe the storms from a safe and cozy room, while enjoying a hot cup and sitting on an armchair. There are many lodges who would happily accommodate you during, before or after the storms. What will separate you from the storm are just double pane windows. During the November – March, since it’s the offseason, most lodges offer great prices for storm watching.

After the storm is over and you’ve enjoyed it from a safe and cozy place, it is time for a very entertaining group activity called beachcombing. After these massive storms, locals decided to stroll on the beach and search for the lost artifacts the ocean decided to bring to the shore. This is a very fun activity for families. The artifacts, along with the tidepools and the pieces of driftwood, wait patiently on the shore to be explored.

One great location for storm watching and beachcombing the beaches after it subsides is Long Beach, which is a favored place by many for watching the furious storm. The beach offers a long peaceful walk after, where you can explore the might of Mother Nature and feel the calmness of the sea after.

Lately, storm watching is slowly growing in popularity, and Ucluelet has become one of the most known locations to watch the Mother Nature unleash her wrath. During the warmer months, Ucluelet has been known for its entertaining activities and views, but now it is gaining popularity during stormy winter months as well.