Travelling to Vancouver Island? - What to Expect from the Wild Seasons and Weather Patterns!
I love talking about the weather. In fact, I hang around in elevators just for the chance to talk about the weather. People in elevators love to talk about weather.
For the time being, lets pretend we are in an elevator talking about weather. Vancouver Island weather. Okay..? Okay. Cool. Here we go. What floor are you going to?
The weather floor obviously.
Vancouver Island's spring is fantastic but temperatures can fluctuate wildly. Bring layers! Seriously. Layers are your best friend here.
At night, plan on keeping warm since temperatures can drop to 2°C. That sounds rather cold but don't despair! Clear skies can warm this place up to 12° C . What this means is you should prepare for rain and sunshine!
With the weather showing off its multi-personality disorder, why would you want visit during the spring? Good question! The advantage is that you can avoid the crowds that appear in the summer months. You also get a good chance at seeing some beautiful days. You may even save a couple of dollars..$$ Definitely the perfect time to arrive on Vancouver Island.
Summer on Vancouver Island is magical. Hot days and cool nights. You can expect up to 20° - 30°C weather during the day. Nights can drop to 8°C so again, PACK YOUR LAYERS!
You will be facing a more crowded Vancouver Island but don't let this scare you away! Book everything you can in advance and you'll enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world. With the season comes a buzz to Vancouver Island. The excitement is intoxicating. However, be aware that it can still rain. Pack your gear.
Note: I don't recommend foodies come in the summer. Although you'll enjoy a meal in a beautiful setting, many times you'll arrive to the restaurant sold out of certain dishes, reservations can be more difficult, and you'll encounter a few line-ups. Come in the winter. It's quieter. It's cosier. And it creates an intimate setting for meals. Ever enjoyed scallops while rain batters your window? I bet you haven't.
Temperatures can fluctuate wildly in the fall. Sunny days can produce summer-like temperatures, while rain and wind can produce winter-like temperatures. Anything around 8°C is typical but with both 15° days and 0° days possible. And yes, you'll have sunshine one day and rain the next. That's just the fun of being around the ocean.
Why should you come? Fall paints Vancouver Island in brilliant oranges and golds. Mixed throughout the deep greens are oaks, birch, and beech trees creating an eye-catching display. I would highly recommend hiking during this time!! You'll have to put up with more rain but if you have a dry place to sleep (like a GoCamper), you'll be rewarded with more colour than you can deal with. Its. Amazing.
Winter gets chilly but nothing unbearable. Unless you come from Australia. Temperatures rarely drop below freezing and tend to hold around 1°C - 3°C. Expect lots of rain and wind. However, do not let the undesirable weather scare you away (yes I'm talking to you, Australians)!
Winter is the most underrated season on Vancouver Island. The rugged beauty of the coastline really sets in as coastal storms roll through, wind whips trees around, and everybody stays indoors to watch. "Storm Watching" has been taking popularity and its as cozy as it sounds. There is a number of restaurants perched on the ocean so you can dine and watch the chaos. Foodies, this is your time to visit. Yes.. the summer is alluring but in the winter you'll enjoy your time in the local eateries so much more.
Advanced surfers, this is also your time to come to Vancouver Island. Storms off of Alaska produce the necessary swell to light up a lot of the beach breaks.
So that's pretty much it.. I'm done talking about the weather. Next time I promise to write about something a little less exciting than weather. Nobody could handle double-weather blog posts.. could they?