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It's storm watching season at the Wickaninnish Inn. Set in Tofino, on the western edge of British Columbia, the Inn is surrounded by nature in all its glory. And right now is the time to see it at its wildest. 

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Until mid-March, rolling waves and howling gales crash against the shores, offering up stunning 240° views from the circular restaurant and bracing, spray-soaked walks on Chesterman Beach. It may not be the getaway many people crave, but it's certainly dramatic.

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Visitors tell of starfish and bald eagle sightings, and walks through the old-growth rainforest. They also rave about the hotel's Ancient Cedars Spa, recently voted the best hotel spa in the world by Travel and Leisure readers, among its many other accolades

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Nestled under the circular restaurant, it's right up against the waves and rocks of the ocean, and sheltered by the forest fringe. And the seaweed used is harvested by hand locally on Vancouver Island. Sounds like the perfect way to ride out a storm. RM

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Images: The Wickaninnish Inn (Rob Melnychuk; Jacqui Windh, Adrian Dorst; Ivan Hunter, Cesar Rubio)

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