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Best time to visit Vancouver Island, Canada

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The best time to visit Vancouver Island is June-September

Are you looking for the best time to visit Vancouver Island? Well, you’re in the right place! Although Vancouver Island is a great destination to visit almost all year round, June-September is the best time to go due to its perfect climate conditions. Around this time of year, flights and accommodation can also be cheaper as it is outside of key peak holiday seasons if you book well enough in advance.

In the summer months, temperatures tend to get to a maximum of around 23℃ (73℉). The average low temperatures in winter float around 3℃ (38℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about -2℃ (29℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Vancouver Island are usually in July, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Vancouver Island in January. Head over there in August instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

Below you’ll find loads more detailed information about when to visit Vancouver Island, including a monthly climate breakdown, what to pack, and loads of tools and recommendations to help you find flights and accommodation to suit your budget.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

July

Vancouver Island seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Vancouver Island as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Vancouver Island is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Vancouver Island

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Vancouver Island for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Vancouver Island climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Vancouver Island for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Vancouver Island in January

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Vancouver Island in February

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 25mm (1") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Vancouver Island in March

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 8mm (0") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Vancouver Island in April

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 7mm (0") over 7 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in April, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Vancouver Island in May

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 8mm (0") over 6 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Vancouver Island in June

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 4mm (0") over 3 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in June, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Vancouver Island in July

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 28 days
  • Average rainfall: 2mm (0") over 3 days
28 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in July, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Vancouver Island in August

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 2 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in August, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Vancouver Island in September

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 6mm (0") over 5 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in September, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.

Vancouver Island in October

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 15mm (1") over 7 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Vancouver Island in November

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 18mm (1") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in November, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Vancouver Island in December

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Vancouver Island in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Vancouver Island is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 20℃ (68℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Vancouver Island is generally around August. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in August first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Vancouver Island is generally around January, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of January too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Vancouver Island, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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