Anyone who missed the West Coast’s recent massive storms might have another opportunity to witness the ocean’s awesome power early next week.
The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve has announced an Extreme Wave Hazard Advisory from Jan. 29-31 and is urging visitors to use extra caution on beaches and shorelines.
“During this time period, large ocean swells reaching up to 4 metres are predicted during the two day period. Very high tides of up to 4.1 metres and moderate storm surge occurring mid-day are predicted to compound the wave hazard,” the advisory states. “These conditions could result in flooded beaches, floating logs, large waves breaking high up on shore and extremely hazardous surf conditions. The most dangerous period of the day is likely to be at high tide from mid-morning to mid- afternoon.”
Some areas of the Park Reserve may be closed depending on the severity of the conditions, according to the advisory, which adds that any visitors wanting to watch the waves should do so from the Kwisitis Visitor Centre’s Observation Deck at Wickanninish Beach or the Florencia Bay Lookout.
Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail Society is still assessing the damage the recent storms brought to its popular attraction from Jan. 18-19 and is seeking donations to help repair what was destroyed.