Climate & Weather

Know what to expect when you travel in BC

Share  Facebook Twitter

The weather in British Columbia is influenced by latitude, mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. Temperature, average precipitation, and hours of sunshine can vary over short distances, but in general temperatures are warmer in the south and milder on the coast, and rainfall is heaviest in coastal communities.

Winter

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 that lasts from November to March. You’ll need appropriate winter attire: a heavy coat, a warm hat, and gloves or mittens. The north experiences longer, more extreme winters for which you will need heavy duty winter gear.

Spring and Fall

Spring and fall can be warm and pleasant, especially in June and September. Daytime temperatures—particularly in southwestern BC and the southern interior—can allow for shorts, short-sleeved shirts, and dresses. But be sure to pack sweaters, trousers, and a light jacket as well.

Summer

Summers are hottest in BC’s interior, where temperatures are often in the 30-40°C/86-104°F range. Nearer the coast, temperatures are milder. Shorts, short-sleeved shirts, and light dresses are recommended, with trousers and sweaters in the evenings.

British Columbia Weather Map

Current Conditions
#explorebc

Tag your BC experiences with #exploreBC. We feature our favourites here!

Start Planning Your BC Experience

Getting Here & Around

Visitors to British Columbia can arrive by air, road, rail, or ferry.

Visit Today
Accommodations

Five-star hotels, quaint B&Bs, rustic campgrounds, and everything in between.

Rest Your Head
Maps

Plan your route, whether you’re walking in the city or beginning a multi-day road trip.

Start Planning