Winter Storm Season-Tofino BC

  • Storm Season Landscape Workshop
  • Classic Series
  • Location: Tofino BC Area
  • Timeframe: Dec. 7th to 11th, 2019
  • Instructor: Brian Riddell
  • Max. 8 people group
  • Price: $1790.00 CAD

The enjoyment of viewing and photographing Tofino's spectacular winter storms. The storm season generally starts in November and carries through till the late stages of spring, but the most intense period lasts from December into February. Catching a big one takes a bit of luck but if you were to keep up to date with the developing systems swirling through the offshore waters you could. These powerful storms are created by deep low-pressure systems that move up into the Gulf of Alaska generating storm fronts that spin-off hitting the coast armed with hurricane force winds, torrential rain and massive ocean swells that can swallow up small offshore islands in a single surge.


Spectacular photos of one of the most interesting and beautiful coastlines in the World. Critique of your work and how to improve, discussion of Adobe Photoshop techniques and one of the most memorable experience you will ever have in your life. We stay at the same hotel so there is no unpacking and repacking. This trip entails a lot of walking and wet and windy conditions. Email us if you have any questions.

Typical Workshop Day

We start each day with a group reception on each location and you will be given an orientation presentation on the area. We will also show you examples of the kind of photographic situations that you will be in, but also make some suggestions on how you should approach these situations and capture great results.


Dec. 8th, 2019 Arrival, and check-in in Ucluelet, presentations/welcome meeting, sunset shooting, welcome dinner.

Dec. 9th, 2019 Morning shoot, field demos, free/editing time, sunset hike/shoot, dinner.

Dec. 10th, 2019 Morning shoot, field demos, free/editing time, sunset hike/shoot, dinner.

Dec. 11th, 2019 Morning shooting, send off brunch.

Subject to change to weather conditions. .The itinerary can and will change based on weather conditions, among other factors. Participants are expected to be flexible to the group’s requirements. These are the high-points only; full itinerary to be provided to participants

Some of the places we visit during the workshop.

Wickaninnish Beach Located at the south end of long beach within the Pacific Rim National Park, this spot offers some of the largest swells and concentration of driftwood in the water. Great views from the old Wickaninnish Inn, now the Wickaninnish Interpretive center.

Second Bay To get to this spot you follow the trail that leads from behind the Wickaninnish Interpretive Center, the old Wickannish Inn. This small pebble beach gets large swells funneled into it from outer rocks and islands

Long Beach For the biggest of panoramic views there is no beating long beach. Miles and miles of rolling swells can be seen crashing over offshore islands and rocks.

Cox Bay Known to be a focal point for most direction of swells, this spot gets the biggest and most powerful waves.

Chesterman Beach This residential beach in Tofino, dotted with B&B's gives the most varied of views. You can watch massive rollers enter the mouth of Cox Bay, towering waves crash onto Frank Island or steep breaking wave faces with the lighthouse in the background.

And quite a few secret locations that most people do not know about-this is thanks to our local guide.


$1000 CAD and the balance due 90 days before the trip starts.

Our itineraries are designed to take advantage of the best light and the best photographic opportunities. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, traffic, local government policy changes, cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary.


All lodging (accommodation is two to a room-single supplement is available) photographic guidance and critiques, all breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinner, transportation from the airport to your hotel and return to the airport.

Not Included:

International transportation to and from the meeting location, alcoholic beverages, tips and anything not listed in Includes: (above).

Single Supplement: 250.00 CAD

Send us an email with any questions.