Posted: January 18, 2018
Extreme Wave Hazard Advisory Issued for the Pacific Rim Region
Release #2 (January 18, 2018 / 1:00 PM)
Temporary Beach Closures January 18 & 19
TOFINO B.C. – Parks Canada has issued an extreme wave hazard advisory for the Pacific Rim region including Ucluelet, Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
The District of Tofino has closed the following Beaches until Friday, January 19th, 2018, at the earliest: Cox Bay, Chesterman (North and South), Mackenzie Beach, because the following hazardous conditions are present:
- Shoreline flooding and flooded beaches,
- Large waves breaking high up on the shore;
- Extremely hazardous surf conditions; and
- Floating logs.
Please respect all temporary beach closures and follow directions on any associated postings.
The beaches will be reassessed after the high tide on Friday. People interested in viewing the storm are advised to use the following locations:
- Kwisitis Visitor Centre’s Observation Deck at Wickaninnish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
- Florencia Bay Lookout in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Please stay tuned to local media, District communications channels, Environment Canada and #BCStorm for the most up to date information. For more information, please visit:
- Environment Canada Marine Forecast - https://weather.gc.ca/marine/
- CoastSmart - http://coastsmart.ca/
Release #1 (January 18, 2018 / 9:00 AM)
Temporary Beach Closures
TOFINO B.C. - Residents and visitors are advised that extreme wave hazards and high winds have been forecasted for the West Coast of Vancouver Island and the District of Tofino will be closing public beach accesses to Cox Bay, Chesterman (North and South), and Mackenzie Beaches this morning (Thursday, January 18, 2018) until further notice.
Due to hazardous conditions, please keep a safe distance from the shoreline and coastal waters if you’re planning on viewing the storm.
The District of Ucluelet has also closed several beaches, and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve has issued an extreme wave hazard advisory. Please respect all temporary beach closures and follow directions on any associated postings.
Stay tuned to local media, District communications channels (Facebook and Twitter), and Environment Canada for the most up to date information.
- Bring loose objects inside (surfboards, patio furniture, toys, etc.).
- Enjoy storm-watching at a safe distance from the beach.
- Monitor the weather and use caution.