You won’t have to look far to find the ideal cold weather beach on Tofino, a small westerly district on Vancouver Island. The stormy weather here genuinely attracts visitors – a favorite pastime in Tofino is storm watching. So which beach is best for the thunder-hungry visitor? Chesterman might be Tofino’s most popular beach, but Cox Bay will cater to your windy and wild beach needs. With unobstructed panoramic views of the stormy Pacific Ocean and driftwood dotting the white sands, a stroll down Cox Bay takes you along a picturesque, forest-adjacent boardwalk. It’s also a great spot for fairly experienced surfers – when the waves surrounding Tofino are big, you’ll find them even bigger at Cox Bay.
During the “Storm Watch Period”, hole up in one of the storm-proof hotels and restaurants, such as Long Beach Lodge and Cox Bay Beach Resort, that line the shore front. Keep warm and catch lightning shows from your window, or witness those surfing the huge swells from a hot tub overlooking the beach.