Winter Storm Watching Season

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    Jeremy Koreski Photography
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    Sander Jain
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    Jeremy Koreski Photography
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    Jeremy Koreski Photography
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    Jeremy Koreski Photography

A Tofino "winter" is green, lush, lively and so magnificently stormy.  

Rain, sun, wind, and tides all combine to make sure no two storms are created equal. Storm watching was made in Tofino, and every November through February, it returns on its own terms. With temperatures hovering above the freezing mark, snow is a rarity here, but even that can happen.

Storm watching is more than a season; it’s a thing to do, and a state of mind.   It’s a time when wind-sculpted trees lean in to howling gales.  Rainfall performs its duty in this temperate rainforest, taking breaks for joyful sunbursts.  Massive driftwood logs seem as light as matchsticks as they are shuffled up and down the beach by powerful tides.  Puddle jumping is an all-ages sport.  A daytrip to Hot Springs Cove at this time of year is an arrestingly beautiful and often solitary experience.

Tofino in winter can be equal parts passive observation, and full-on immersion:   Storm watching is often standing where the beach meets the forest, suited in full raingear, as you watch the giant surf roll in at what seems like slow motion.  Storm watching is also enjoyed inside, warmly ensconced in blankets by the fireside, sharing laughs, making memories, and eating some Tofino-crafted comfort food.  Our chefs sure know how to warm a stormy night with local flavour if you choose to venture out.

As Tofino’s streets glisten with rain, walk briskly to your chosen inside destination, an art gallery, a quirky shop, or maybe a restaurant a friend recommended.  As you enter, feel the warm embrace of this rugged coast in storm season, where lights and friendly faces shine brightly amid the wild natural elements.  This is your winter to storm watch in Tofino.  


WE WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR "MADE IN TOFINO" STORM WATCHING EXPERIENCE TODAY

From B&B’s nestled in old-growth forest to beachfront resorts, and from guided nature walks to Hot Springs Cove adventures, there's a perfect option for everyone.

Call our Visitor Center in Tofino toll-free 1.888.720.3414 between 10:00am and 5:00 pm (PST) daily to learn about all your accommodation and activity choices. 

Or, if you prefer, fill out our online inquiry form and let the accommodations get back to you directly with their best Storm Watching offers. View all accommodation options here.

See you in Tofino soon!

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