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Where Can You Find the Best Weather on Vancouver Island

August 22, 2022 Community

British Columbia’s coastal region is well known for its great weather, and Vancouver Island is no exception. In fact, the East Coast of Vancouver Island is known to have the best weather in BC. Thanks in part to the refreshing, mild ocean winds regulating the temperature, Vancouver Island is a popular tourist destination. 

You can find mild winter temperatures in Parksville, BC, just up the East Coast. This small town is a great place to buy a home if the bustle of city life in British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, doesn’t appeal to you. In the summer, Parksville sees a high of 21°C, so you can enjoy all the outdoor activities, camping, and national parks the area has to offer without the overwhelming heat you’ll find in other parts of BC. Parksville is a great place to call home if you want the small town feeling with the beautiful weather of Victoria. 

The Nicklen Group also has great real estate listings available in Qualicum Beach, another small town just north of Parksville with a population of 9,000. They enjoy the same great weather as Parksville, with ample family-friendly activities such as the nearby Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and the eclectic village of Coombs. A home in the beautiful Qualicum Beach will certainly allow you to enjoy the weather Vancouver Island has to offer year-round. 

If you prefer mild weather and minimal snow, Vancouver Island’s East Coast’s above-zero winter temperatures are perfect for you, and with the shelter from surrounding land and mountains, you’re less likely to experience the same levels of rain and wind as other parts of BC. 

The Parksville and Qualicum Beach area is also known for its Mediterranean-like dryness, which means you’ll see significantly less rain than other parts of the BC. Because of the rain shadow effect from nearby mountains, the West Coast of the Island gets more rain than the East. 

When it comes to wind, the Parksville and Qualicum Beach area is very calm. You might experience what’s considered a “gentle breeze” in March, the windiest month for the area. This is another factor that makes it ideal for family outdoor activities. No need to worry about getting wind-bitten on the coast.

If you’re looking to live in a city, we recommend moving to the city of Nanaimo, where you can find favourable weather year-round. Nanaimo sees few snowy days in the winter, and many pleasantly warm days in the summer. 

Taking into consideration factors like wind, rain, and temperature, the East Coast of Vancouver Island has the best weather year-round compared to nearby areas.

The bottom line

Why not enjoy living on the East Coast of Vancouver Island all year long? The Nicklen Group can help you find your Vancouver Island home so you can start enjoying the weather right away.