Victoria, British Columbia's capital city, enjoys extremely mild temperatures all year round.
In fact, the city boasts the mildest winter in Canada and receives some the lowest annual rainfall on the province's west coast. Daily temperatures rarely rise above 30 ºC or fall below 0 ºC. Winters tend to be mild and rainy, summers are relatively dry, snow is a somewhat uncommon occurrence, while the city enjoys plenty of sunshine all year round.
This temperate, sub-Mediterranean climate has earned Victoria the nickname of "The Garden City." Not only do gardens bloom early and long here, but they contain many plant species rarely found elsewhere in Canada, including palms, eucalyptus and even some bananas.
Indeed, spring arrives early here with hundreds of thousands of blossoms and bulbs blooming by late February. Residents take part in the annual "flower count" during this month, in what for the rest of the country is still the dead of winter. As for golf, there is no such thing as off season – many of the courses in the area are open all year.
Spring is always a wonderful time to visit Victoria. Daily temperatures range from 11-15 ºC. The flowers are in full bloom in the city's many spectacular gardens.
From June to September, Victoria is typically sunny and mild. Daytime temperatures range from the low-to-mid 20s ºC, with evenings cooling down to about 10 ºC.
Autumn brings average highs of 12 ºC to Victoria. By November, the rainy season has begun; Victoria can expect to receive up to 147 mm of rain during this month.
Victoria enjoys the most temperate winter climate in BC. This allows for year round outdoor pursuits such as cycling, hiking and golfing, even in January.
What to Wear
Summer temperatures are warm enough for t-shirts and shorts, although sweaters and pants are useful for the evenings, particularly at higher elevations. Victoria is situated by the water – pack your bathing suit and beach shoes for wading near rocky shores. A wind jacket will also come in handy.
In winter, a raincoat or medium-weight waterproof jacket is a must, preferably worn over a sweater, warm pants and accompanied by an umbrella. Jackets and vests made from micro-fleece and light-weight down are a popular choice for many of the locals during this season.
No matter what the season, it's advisable to bring wet-weather gear.