Thinking about planning a visit to Sointula, but not sure when to do so? While every season on our island is beautiful, some are better suited to visitors looking to take in our most popular attractions and activities than others.
For instance, getting here can sometimes be tough during the cold winter months. Although, if you’re up for the challenge, you can enjoy snow sports like skiing and snowboarding on nearby Vancouver Island. Fall, while chilly, is a wonderful time for seeing the changing leaves and their vibrant colors. Spring brings its own color in the form of flowers and flowering trees. This is a fun time to be in the area, as businesses begin opening back up in preparation for summertime.
The summer tourist season begins in June and lasts well into September each year. This is by far the most popular time to visit Sointula. Warmer weather means you’ll have the chance to go fishing, spot wildlife, practice your photography on our stunning landscapes, and more.
If you’ve never visited British Columbia during the summer months, you might be wondering what to expect, and which month is the best for your visit. Keep reading to learn a little more about the weather during each of the summer months.
June in British Columbia
Many people who have never had the chance to visit Canada wrongly assume that the entire country has winters that last long into what should be summer months. But while northern parts of Canada, and particularly those higher elevations, can experience snowy winter conditions into the middle of the year, by June, summer has usually arrived in British Columbia.
Thanks to its southern location, Vancouver Island and our nearby Malcolm Island experiences warmer weather earlier than much of the rest of the country.
That said, if you live in a warmer region, you might be surprised by the temperatures here during this time of year. Don’t expect to be comfortable in tank tops this time of year, unless, of course, you’re accustomed to this type of weather.
The daily average temperature is around 59 degrees Fahrenheit, or 15 degrees Celsius, in June. Highs reach an average of 67 degrees Fahrenheit, or 19 degrees Celsius, while lows average around 52 degrees Fahrenheit, or 11 degrees Celsius.
One important thing to remember, regardless of what time of year you choose to visit, is that temperatures in the area can change drastically throughout the day. This may be even more important to remember in June, particularly if British Columbia is having a year with mild weather.
You’ll want to layer up if you plan to go out in the morning, and especially if you’ll be going out on the water. But keep short sleeves or a moisture-wicking long sleeve shirt as a base layer, just in case the warm sunshine comes out and temperatures rise in the afternoon. This month, the region experiences about 14 days of rain on average as well, so don’t forget your rain gear!
July in British Columbia
If you’re keen on having the best possible weather during your trip, aim to visit Sointula in July. This month has the fewest days of rain and the most days of sunshine on average compared to the rest of the year. With moderate humidity and comfortable temperatures, this is the place to be for anyone that loves summer but hates weather that’s hot and sticky.
Besides being the driest and sunniest month, July is also the hottest that the region experiences. But with daily highs averaging 74 degrees Fahrenheit, or 23 degrees Celsius, it’s still incredibly comfortable, especially for enjoying an outdoor adventure.
While you’ll likely be comfortable in short sleeves or a lightweight, moisture-wicking shirt during the day, and you’ll want to pack your sunscreen, you’ll still need to pack some layers. With nighttime lows averaging about 54 degrees Fahrenheit, or 12 degrees Celsius, when the sun goes down you’ll need a jacket, fleece, or sweater to stay comfortable while relaxing or walking about town.
With all that extra sunshine, another item you’ll want to pack for a July visit, or any summer visit, is a pair of sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses will help you see past the glare of sunshine on the water while fishing or watching or whales.
August in British Columbia
Another beautiful month to visit Sointula is August. Daily average highs remain similar to that of July. You’ll enjoy highs in the 70s Fahrenheit, or 20s Celsius, with nighttime lows bottoming out around 54 degrees Fahrenheit, or 12 degrees Celsius. Much like July and June, you’ll want to dress for these daily changes, with warm top layers for warding off the chill in the morning and evening, and cooler clothes for when the sun comes out in the middle of the day.
Rainfall totals do edge up slightly in August, so don’t forget your rain gear, but don’t fret about them ruining your trip. A visit to a museum, some shopping, or a stop for lunch is perfect for waiting out a rain shower. Or, put on your rain gear and continue enjoying your day!
One thing that makes August a unique time to visit is the fog. While it can obstruct your view, it makes for some unique photos and is usually gone by noon.
September in British Columbia
September is often touted as the favorite month among the locals. It’s the ultimate ‘cozy’ season, with warm, beautiful late summer days and crisp, chilly nights perfect for cuddling up in a warm bed or relaxing by a campfire. The leaves are beginning to change as well, turning already lovely shorelines into a stunning sight. The days do get shorter, but with some incredible sunsets to enjoy, you won’t mind.
Daily highs still average around 66 degrees Fahrenheit, or 19 degrees Celsius. Daily average lows drop to around 47 degrees Fahrenheit, or 8 degrees Celsius, making for those crisp, cool nights. Rainfall totals still remain low this month, the last month before they begin edging upward for the remainder of the year.
Choosing the Best Time to Visit Sointula
While you might not find yourself wearing a tank top and shorts, the weather in coastal southern British Columbia is perfect all summer long. With warm, sunny days perfect for casting a line and cooler nights ideal for cozying up beside a campfire or relaxing in our hot tub, no matter what month you choose to visit, you’re certain to enjoy a taste of our unique and lovely weather. Even rainy days or fog are beautiful and make for unique photos that you’ll treasure. Start planning your next visit today!