British Columbia

With gems like The Rocky Mountains, Whistler, and the West Coast Trail, British Columbia (BC) is an adventure traveler’s dream. Combined with incredible parks and wildlife, a strong aboriginal presence, and relatively close proximity to Asian Pacific nations, BC is definitely a ‘bucket list’ destination.

Destination BC aptly and eloquently describes the province as follows: “We have ten mountain ranges that push west from The Rockies in a crowded parade until they fall into the Pacific. Thousand year old trees that deftly divide the light falling on an impossibly green forest floor. Glacier-fed streams that pour through steep valleys to join swollen rivers. Higher up, mountain passes link whole ecosystems, and watersheds. It’s a wild place where Mother Nature creates the boundaries. Not man. And while she demands respect, her handiwork offers massive rewards for those wild at heart. This abundant, nurturing landscape has sustained our ancient societies for 10,000 years. And today, some of those settlements have grown into cities that cling to the edge of wilderness, and won’t let go. Because the people here, are here for a reason: to live within arm’s reach of nature’s richness. To ski world-renowned resorts, surf Pacific swells, swim in shockingly clear mountain lakes, hike to a glacier and back in a day. And all that activity breathes energy into our culture of hospitality.”

 

BC has a number of different climatic zones: Coast Mountains & the Islands, The Interior Plateau, Columbia Mountains & Southern Rockies, Northern and Central Plateaus & Mountains, and the Great Plains. This diversity causes wide variations in average rainfall, snowfall, temperature and hours of sunshine, sometimes over very short distances

Spring & Fall can often be very warm and pleasant, especially in June and September. Daytime temperatures – particularly in southwestern BC and the southern interior – allow for dresses, shorts and short-sleeved shirts; however, it is advisable to have sweaters, trousers and a light coat or jacket on hand as well.

Summers are hottest in BC's interior, particularly in the south where temperatures frequently surpass 30°C/86°F. Nearer the coast, temperatures range from 22 to 28°C/72 to 83°F. Recommended clothing for both regions in summer is the same: shorts, short-sleeved shirts and light dresses in daytime and sweaters and trousers in the evenings.

Winters on the coast are temperate, and if snow falls it doesn't stay long. A warm coat and umbrella are sufficient weather protection in these mild coastal climes. Most of BC's interior, on the other hand, experiences freezing temperatures and snow lasting from November to March, so full winter wear is necessary for comfort: a heavy coat, a warm hat and gloves or mittens.

We recommend visiting Environment Canada’s website for information specific to the region in which you are travelling.