I guess it depends on how you look at it–many people might see it as the end of summer – but even though my favorite time of the year is summer – I see September as a time for new beginnings. When we were young, it was an exciting time when you went back to school and saw all your old friends and showed off your new clothes and that great summer tan. But it was also a stressful time when you started a new grade, perhaps went to a new school, had new teachers and had to meet all the new kids in your class. I must say as an adult – I don’t miss those first few weeks in September. (what I do miss however, is the previous 2 months of summer vacation!). (more…)
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Victoria gets less than half as much rain as Vancouver!!
According to the Weather Network, the total annual precipitation (for 2009) is just 557 mm in Victoria, compared to Vancouver with 1,272 mm of rainfall. That’s a pretty significant difference! The reason for the dryer conditions is because of the rain shadow effect of the nearby Olympic Mountains in Washington State. This also means that our Victoria hotel gets more sunshine than surrounding areas. With 2,223 hours of sun annually, Victoria is one of the sunniest places in British Columbia, and gets more sunshine than most other cities in Canada except those in the southern Prairies.
As an avid golfer (and wannabe weather gal), I can vouch for the numbers above. I live about 30 minutes up Island and many times I’ve been ready to call off the golf game because it’s raining at my place. But more often than not, it’s dry in Victoria.
So attention Vancouverites – the next time you get tired of all the dreary, rainy winter days – take a quick getaway to Victoria. Chances are, you’ll be able to leisurely stroll the quaint streets of Victoria, sip on a latte and soak up the atmosphere – all without your brolly!