If you’ve never been to British Columbia, specifically the Vancouver & Vancouver Island parts, then you’re missing out on an array of unique vacation possibilities. One of those unique vacation options happens to be Storm Watching on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
We will take up a weeklong stay in the city of Ucluet, BC on the western coast of Vancouver Island on the Barkley Sound. More specifically we will be staying at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. This resort offers a spa, and a culinary experience. Curl up in your well-equipped suite of contemporary design with floor to ceiling windows, fireplace, heated slate floors, soaking tub, kitchen and finally your balcony, which is perfect for watching the coming storm.
Between the months of November to March a winter storm hits the Ucluelet area with annual rainfall of over 130 Inches (3,351 Millimeters), Winds reaching up to 75 Kilometers (about 46 miles) and waves over 10 feet high. This area can expect around 10 storms in a given month during the storm season. This natural beauty begins each year as a low-pressure system in October begins to move northward into the Gulf of Alaska. As the cold air from the north meets with the warmer air from the south it creates a drop in pressure and pushes storms to the east with a dramatic increase in precipitation, wind and waves.
After the storms an enjoyable pastime is Beachcombing. The storms bring in driftwood and if you’re lucky Japanese Glass and other possible treasures. Walking the beach to sift through the storm aftermath is a way to de-stress and can be summed up as an adventure.