On the far west coast of Vancouver Island is the small town of Ucluelet. I’ve always wanted to visit but I heard the drive is along a very narrow, winding road and knowing my daughter easily gets car sickness we didn’t put it on the list. Surprisingly it was her who wanted to go and found a Groupon deal at the Water’s Edge Shoreside Suites hotel. The deal looked too good to pass up so we booked online.

Water’s Edge Shoreside Suites

The suites are really nice with a full kitchen and great views of the marina. The best part though is the jetted soaker tubs for two on the patio decks. Perfect for a cool autumn evening.

The highlight of the trip was “storm watching” (I honestly didn’t know that was a think to do until I started research for the trip). We went down to the 100 year old Amphitrite Point Lighthouse which is part of the Wild Pacific Trail. Storm watching is basically taking in the raw power of giant waves crashing the shoreline and shooting high into the air.

Storm Watching

Other relaxing activities we did in the area included: taking a short drive to Tofino to do some local shopping; walking along the beach watching surfers catch a wave at Long Beach; and hiking through dense old-growth trees in the Pacific Rim National Park.

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse