The best times to visit Vancouver Island for ideal weather are

June 18th to September 23rd

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Vancouver Island Travel Info

Weather in Vancouver Island


Average temperatures in Vancouver Island vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 21st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Vancouver Island, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid August where highs are regularly around 64.8°F (18.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 54.1°F (12.3°C) at night.

Vancouver Island Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Vancouver Island Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Vancouver Island Perceived Temperature (F)


Vancouver Island Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Vancouver Island Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 46.4 41.9 38.3
Feb 47.5 42.6 38.2
Mar 48.4 43 38.2
Apr 51.6 45.4 40
May 56.1 50.3 45.5
Jun 59.4 54 49.8
Jul 62.7 57 53
Aug 63.6 57.8 53.5
Sep 61.6 55.8 51.3
Oct 56.2 50.9 46.3
Nov 50.2 44.7 40
Dec 45.9 41.1 37

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 8 5.5 3.5
Feb 8.6 5.9 3.4
Mar 9.1 6.1 3.4
Apr 10.9 7.4 4.4
May 13.4 10.2 7.5
Jun 15.2 12.2 9.9
Jul 17.1 13.9 11.7
Aug 17.6 14.3 11.9
Sep 16.4 13.2 10.7
Oct 13.4 10.5 7.9
Nov 10.1 7.1 4.4
Dec 7.7 5.1 2.8



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Vancouver Island are July, August, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid July. For example, on the week of July 9th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late October to early November with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of October 29th.

When can you find snow in Vancouver Island? Weather stations report a bit of annual snow likely to be deepest around December, especially close to early December. The best time to ski (if at all) in Vancouver Island is often around around December 3rd when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Vancouver Island.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Vancouver Island (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 51% 0.4 14.3
Feb 48% 0.4 8.8
Mar 47% 0.4 9.8
Apr 38% 0 6.3
May 27% 0 4.1
Jun 29% 0 3.8
Jul 11% 0 1.8
Aug 18% 0 3.4
Sep 30% 0 7.1
Oct 53% 0 12.2
Nov 63% 0 15.7
Dec 53% 0.5 12.6

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 51 1 36.3
Feb 48 1 22.4
Mar 47 1 24.9
Apr 38 0 16
May 27 0 10.4
Jun 29 0 9.7
Jul 11 0 4.6
Aug 18 0 8.6
Sep 30 0 18
Oct 53 0 31
Nov 63 0 39.9
Dec 53 1.3 32


Humidity and Wind

Vancouver Island has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is May (83.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (92.2%).

Wind in Vancouver Island is usually moderate. The windiest month is November, followed by December and January. November’s average wind speed of around 11.2 knots (12.9 MPH or 20.8 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid November where average top sustained speeds reach 22.8 knots, which is considered a strong breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Vancouver Island.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 10.5 Gentle breeze 18.5 Strong breeze
Feb 10.2 Gentle breeze 18.3 Strong breeze
Mar 10.2 Gentle breeze 18.6 Strong breeze
Apr 10.3 Gentle breeze 18.9 Strong breeze
May 10.1 Gentle breeze 17.5 Strong breeze
Jun 10.2 Gentle breeze 17.1 Strong breeze
Jul 10.3 Gentle breeze 16.6 Strong breeze
Aug 8.4 Gentle breeze 14.8 Significant breeze
Sep 9.2 Gentle breeze 16.6 Strong breeze
Oct 9.7 Gentle breeze 18.2 Strong breeze
Nov 11.2 Significant breeze 20.5 Strong breeze
Dec 10.7 Gentle breeze 19.1 Strong breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 92.2%
Feb 88.3%
Mar 87%
Apr 83.5%
May 83.5%
Jun 85.1%
Jul 87%
Aug 89.2%
Sep 90.1%
Oct 91.5%
Nov 88.3%
Dec 88.9%


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The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Vancouver Island, BC, Canada is June, followed by July and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Vancouver Island in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 48.5 in December means 48.5% of the tourists vs. June.



Overall Vancouver Island Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 58.1°F (14.5°C) and 47.2°F (8.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 8 to 14 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the least precipitation with 3 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Vancouver Island, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 63.3°F (17.4°C) and 47.5°F (8.6°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 9 to 19 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Vancouver Island to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 48.1°F (8.9°C) and 45°F (7.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a very great amount: 13 to 16 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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