Vancouver is influenced by both its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and its many nearby mountains.
The city, protected by Vancouver Island, experiences considerably less precipitation and enjoys more sunshine than BC's other coastal areas.
While Vancouver can be damp during autumn and winter, it won't be excessively cold or snowy. However, nearby Cypress, Grouse and Seymour mountains receive enormous snowfalls during the winter, creating superb conditions for winter sports.
Golf is always in season; thanks to the mild climate, many of Vancouver's championship courses are open for year-round play. This temperate weather allows for an active, outdoors-oriented lifestyle, a major reason why Vancouver has been nicknamed "Lotus Land."