The Pacific Rim National Reserve Park is expecting a king tide and high waves over the next few days. Anticipating that the ocean knows no geographic parameters, this will also affect the waters close to Sooke. Please be careful when you’re going to the oceanside.
Parks Canada has issued a wave hazard advisory, notifying the public to use extra caution on beaches, shorelines and coastal waters in and around Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Sunday, November 15, 2020.
During this time period, combined seas are expected to reach up to six (6) meters. Waves can create conditions that can overwhelm surfers, swimmers, stand-up paddleboard users, and kayakers. The force of large waves can push water users into rocks or hold them underwater for extended periods of time. Large waves often also contribute to other water hazards, for example, a large swell will likely increase rip current’s strength.
Visitors are advised to avoid water activities and to use extreme caution if entering the water. Shoreline users are advised to stay well back from the water’s edge especially along rocky shorelines and islands.
The region will be experiencing extreme high tides during mid-day for 4 consecutive days. Maximum high tide will be 4.1 meters (13.5′) taking place around noon on Sunday and Monday. The remainder of the bulletin period will also have extreme high tides around mid-day.
Additional factors contributing to coastal flooding include high winds, large waves and storm surges. When combined these events can create coastal flooding causing beaches to flood, and drift logs to float and roll.
- Plan your seashore activities according to the tides. Be aware and watch the rising tide along your route to ensure that you can safely return the way you came. Keep track of time.
- Respect the ocean’s power and stay off the beaches and drift logs if the tide or swell is high.
- Never turn your back to the ocean and maintain an appropriate level of situational awareness – leave space and time to react to sudden water surges.
- Observe the conditions closely before you step out onto the beach.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve staff will continue to monitor conditions. Depending on the severity of the flooding seas, select beach parking lots and beach areas in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve may be temporarily closed to protect visitor safety. Any updates can be found online and on the LED screens in place at four locations within the park reserve.
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