Climate & Weather

The Island’s climate is envied by the rest of Canada due to its mild winters and moderate summers.

In fact, Parksville Qualicum Beach has been called “Canada’s Riveria” by the Globe and Mail newspaper. Temperatures on the coast, even in January, are usually above 0 °C (32 °F). During the summer season, maximum temperatures average 21-24 °C (70-75 °F).

The rain shadow effect of local mountains (including Mount Arrowsmith, southwest of Parksville and Qualicum Beach), as well as the mountains of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, creates wide variation in precipitation.


“ Parksville Qualicum Beach is known as 'Canada’s Riviera.' ”

The rain shadow effect means the west coast of the Island is much wetter than the east coast. The average yearly precipitation ranges from 6,650 millimetres (260 in) at Henderson Lake on the west coast (the wettest place in North America) to only 635 millimetres (25 in) at the Saanich Peninsula in Greater Victoria. Rainfall is heaviest in the autumn and winter and snow is rare at low altitudes.

A weather feature to note is the Mediterranean-like dryness that residents and visitors alike enjoy in latitudes as high as 50°N. This is part of the reason why Parksville Qualicum Beach is known as “Canada’s Riviera”. Only in the extreme northern part of the Island near Port Hardy is the driest summer month’s rainfall as much as 20% of the wet winter months. The west coast regions of other continents at similar latitudes normally have even rainfall distribution throughout the year.

Friday, Sep 24

H: 20°   L: 10°

Weather icon Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

Saturday, Sep 25

H: 20°   L: 12°

Weather icon Possible light rain overnight.

Possible light rain overnight.

Sunday, Sep 26

H: 17°   L: 12°

Weather icon Rain throughout the day.

Rain throughout the day.

Monday, Sep 27

H: 17°   L: 11°

Weather icon Light rain throughout the day.

Light rain throughout the day.

Tuesday, Sep 28

H: 17°   L: 10°

Weather icon Light rain until afternoon, starting again overnight.

Light rain until afternoon, starting again overnight.

Wednesday, Sep 29

H: 15°   L: 9°

Weather icon Rain throughout the day.

Rain throughout the day.

Thursday, Sep 30

H: 16°   L: 11°

Weather icon Rain in the morning and afternoon.

Rain in the morning and afternoon.

Friday, Oct 01

H: 17°   L: 10°

Weather icon Partly cloudy throughout the day.

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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