You think you know storms, Southern California? Canada's Vancouver Island--now it knows storm. The Long Beach Lodge Resort near Tofino, British Columbia, offers one of North America’s finest vistas for storm-watching.
For those wanting to immerse themselves in the fury, the lodge and other local outfitters also offer superb winter surfing amid the wicked winter waves of the Pacific Ocean.
The lodge, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012, was built along Cox Bay, and its great room provides an ideal place for curling up in an overstuffed leather chair and watching the massive waves roll in, whipped to a frenzy by gale-force winds. The room pulls off the trick of being completely modern yet feeling rustic, with its Douglas fir post-and-beam construction, a massive granite fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Skilled surfers may want to don a wetsuit and and catch the monster waves that are prevalent November to March.
To accommodate surfers, the resort has built a new Surf Club Centre. Besides the usual showers and changing rooms, the place features a sauna and outdoor hot tub and its own coffee shop.