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Pacific Rim Highway

Perks & Quirks: Winter Storm-Watching at the Wickaninnish Inn

By Kat Tancock

Best known for its temperate rainforest, Tofino is, logically, also known for its rain: it receives an average of 324 cm (10½ feet) every year.

Rather than try and fight the climate, the veteran Wickaninnish Inn, sequestered on a private section of Pacific oceanfront, embraces it.

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Highlights Along the Pacific Rim Highway

Chesterman Beach. Photo by James Wheeler.

Vancouver Island’s 124-km Pacific Rim Highway is one of Canada’s great drives. (Get the map.) Along the way, you motor along past beautiful lakes, lush evergreen forests and rainforests, ending up in the beach capital of western Canada—Tofino. The drive can take two hours, or several days if you make leisurely stops along the way. (more…)