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!