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Pacific Storm Watching

Tofino, British Columbia - Feb. 22-23, 2008

The west coast of Vancouver Island is a great place to watch Pacific winter storms roll in and the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino is built right on the water's edge for just such a purpose. In the winter months, people come from all over to watch the storms. How could I not go there?

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Big surf coming in off the Pacific.

Big, crashing waves, all day long.

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Every year, people are injured or swept out to sea.

Surfers in Canada... In February!

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Because of its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", the area is in a tsunami warning zone.

The secret "Blowhole" where waves squeeze into a narrow channel and then explode upwards.

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The trail to the Blowhole was difficult to find but totally worth the effort.

Anchor & rainbow.