The Perfect Storm
Staring out over the vast expanse of the open Pacific Ocean, white-crested swells three meters high roll in and crash against the rocks. A flash of lightning overhead illuminates the night sky. Water flies off windowpanes shuddering from the crack of accompanying thunder.
The air is thick with salt and spray; electricity in the air is palpable. The wind and rain rush in from wicked weather fronts that roll in from across open water. It’s a perfect storm, and you’re staring it in the face.
Storm watching has become an activity that people the world over flock to the West Coast to experience. The raw power of the Pacific waves crashing on the shoreline are a sight only those who have seen can accurately describe.
Typically, Vancouver Island has been a haven for summer travel – the temperate climate and marvels of nature ideal for adventure seekers and luxury travelers alike. It’s only recently that tourists have come to appreciate the mild winter temperatures and incredible weather conditions found in the Pacific Rim as a viable alternative to the snowbird lifestyle.
The Wickaninnish Inn is a true pioneer; they gained notoriety as the first West Coast destination to harness the power of the storm and present it to visitors as a luxurious and desirable winter activity. The Wickaninninsh helps you experience the wonder of winter storms in style with their storm watching package starting from $880. Learn more on the Special Places Vancouver Island website or visit the Wick at www.wickinn.com
At the other end of the road, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet is a slightly different experience. The almost-alien landscape provides the perfect perspective for watching the waves roll in and crash against the dark, volcanic rocks that adorn the scenic pacific coastline. Experience the fury of the West Coast storms from the comfort and style of a luxury studio suite with Black Rock’s storm watching package starting from $212 per person for two nights. Learn more on the Special Places Vancouver Island website or visit the Rock at www.blackrockresort.com.