Sunday, March 1, 2015

Come See Victoria for the Blooms!

Victoria enjoys the mildest winters in Canada and has the lowest rainfall anywhere along the province's west coast. Through the year temperatures in Victoria rarely rise above 30ºc or fall below 0ºc. The winters tend to be mild and rainy while summers are relatively dry. Snow is a somewhat uncommon occurrence, instead the city enjoys plenty of sunshine all year round.

Such an appealing climate has earned Victoria the nickname of "The Garden City." Not only do gardens bloom early and long here, they also contain many plant species rarely found elsewhere in Canada, these includes palms, eucalyptus, and even some bananas.

As you can see in this video, spring arrives early here with hundreds of thousands of blossoms and bulbs blooming by late February. Many of the golf courses in the Victoria are open all year.

If you're thinking of visiting Victoria, spring is always a wonderful time. Temperatures range from 11-15 ºC and the flowers are in full bloom throughout the city.

Summer starts from June and the warm weather continues throughout the end of September, it's typically sunny and mild.

In autumn, the temperature averages highs of 12ºc and come November, the rainy season arrives.

In winter, Victorians enjoy the most temperate winter climate in British Columbia. This allows for year-round outdoor pursuits such as cycling, hiking and golfing, even in January.

Victoria is surrounded by ocean – if you are visiting in summer, pack your bathing suit and beach shoes for wading near rocky shores. A wind jacket will also come in handy and if you're visiting in winter, a raincoat or medium-weight waterproof jacket is a must, preferably worn over a sweater; wear warm pants and consider an umbrella. No matter what the season, I will advise to bring wet-weather gear.

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