Snow on The Lions Ears seen from Burnaby Mountain - Photo Don

Travel Spotlight

Weather and Climate

We have compiled a list of tips on the Weather and Climate that you will find useful when planning your trip to British Columbia.  BC has mountains, rain forests and even a desert so expect wide ranges in temperature and weather patterns.

Weather Forecasts

Online up to date weather information for British Columbia is available on the Internet visit:

Climate

British Columbia’s large size and diverse topography means the climate varies greatly from area to area. This creates wide variations in average hours of sunshine, rainfall, snowfall and temperatures, sometimes over remarkably short distances.

The province’s climate is influenced by its location immediately east of the warm Pacific Ocean, the north-south orientation of its towering mountain chains, the prevailing westerly winds, and the province’s northerly latitude.

Summer-time temperatures in BC’s interior frequently surpass 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit); nearer the coast and in other regions, average temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit).

Spring and Fall usually mean warm days, but you’ll want to bring a jacket along for the cooler nights.

In winter, Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria enjoy a temperate climate. But dress warmly if you’re heading for Whistler, the interior, or up north.

Temperature Averages – Maximum/Minimum in Celsius

Climate norms or averages are used to summarize or describe the average climatic conditions of a particular location.

At the completion of each decade, Environment Canada updates its climate norms for as many locations and as many climatic characteristics as possible.

Below is a table of temperature norms compiled from Environment Canada data for key cities around British Columbia showing the average maximum and minimum daily temperature (rounded to the nearest degree) recorded for the particular month. The figure after the city in brackets is the elevation in meters above sea level.

A table of climate information for some communities in BC

Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989