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Wind storm along the Breakwater. (Bob Ianson)

It’s that time of year again, Victoria! The weather is frightful and every other day Environment Canada has been issuing a weather advisory.

Just today, we had a wind warning that predicted winds speeding up to 80km/hr. Ferry sailings were cancelled, sailboats crashed into fences, trampolines were found in people’s yards – it was absolute chaos!

If your power is out, or you just want to see Mother Nature do her thing, here are a few places to do some local storm-watching!

1. Cattle Point in Oak Bay

Cattle Point – Photo by Ayden Cole

There’s plenty of free parking, so you can sit in the safety of your car and watch Nature’s fury unfold!

2. Clover Point in Victoria

Image: Cloverpoint windstorm. Kevin Lintern Photography

A classic spot to watch the waves crash onto the rocks!

3. Lochside Drive in Sidney

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You can stay in your car, or venture out into the tempest – just be careful!

4. Witty’s Lagoon in Metchosin 

BBQ cover and greenhouse blown over in Metchosin – Photo by Sheila Watson Mansell

Always be careful out there – make sure it’s safe before you storm watch!

5. Jordan river, Port Renfrew

Oceanfront at Jordan River. (Sarah Howells Photography/ Facebook)

This one is a bit of a drive, but for all extreme weather enthusiasts, it’s worth it! Botanical Beach is wild and the driftwood logs get tossed around like crazy, so watch out.

6. Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood

Esquimalt Lagoon from above
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Esquimalt Lagoon is perfect to just stay in your car and maybe sip some coffee while watching nature do its thing.

7. Saxe Point in Esquimalt 

Saxe Point Park sunset

This is a popular spot if you don’t want to get too close to the action, but still want to witness it from up close.

8. Cordova Bay 

Magic at Cordova Bay captured by Allison Spargo, Instagrammer a.spargo

Take in these exhilarating sights, as the tempest rages all around you.

Reminder, as exciting as storm watching is, nature is no joke! Don’t underestimate the power of a storm, as it can be super dangerous.

Please stay safe, and if you see anything worrisome, report it to your local police department.