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Vancouver Island benefits greatly from being detached to the rest of the continent as it sees a much more temperate climate. The ocean air brings more humidity to the island, keeping it warmer, but this also brings rain. Because of the rain, however, Vancouver Island is truly lush and green with incredible forestland.
There is a weather division along the island because of the mountains. The west side of the island sees the snow in the winter and also the most rain. In fact, the west side of the island has the most annual rainfall of anywhere in North America. In return, the mountains protect the east side from harsh winds and weather and thus it is much warmer. Winters are mild on the east side, whereas not too far away, one can ski in the mountains!
Any time of year is truly a great time to visit this diverse island. One can engage in sports all year round, such as fishing, hiking, golfing; but for things like swimming, plan on a summer vacation, and skiing for the winter. Summer brings plenty of sun and activities and is the top tourist season. But the fall foliage is a sight unto itself and a great time to plan your vacation as well.
For official weather forecasts, current weather information, and up-to-date weather warnings, see Environment Canada's British Columbia weather page. Marine weather is also available, and weather information pages all have French and Imperial unit (Fahrenheit) versions.
For very detailed British Columbia climate information, check out Environment Canada's BC climate page and select the specific locations you're interested in.