Vancouver Island has the most mild climate in Canada. For those of you planning a Vancouver Island elopement or intimate wedding, don’t feel limited to only the summer months. There is truly so much to offer 365 days a year, even for those desiring an outdoor focused getaway. Just be sure to allow yourself extra days to truly soak in all of the beauty & adventures that await you.


Winter

DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY


  • Mount Washington

    • Abundant snow & adventures await on Mount Washington. Located in the Comox Valley, you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe or go tubing.
       
  • Hiking

    • There are endless hiking trails to explore across Vancouver Island and plenty of people willing to take you out for an experience amongst their favourite spots. It’s a great time to enjoy some serenity as many places are less crowded. You will also find higher water levels in the rivers which means plenty of powerful waterfalls to seek out.
       

  • Surfing

    • There is a huge surf community in Tofino, BC. Winter means bigger waves and the beaches located within the Pacific Rim National Park are gems. Take some lessons locally at Surf Sister Surf School or head out and watch the pro’s from the sand.
       

  • Storm Watching

    • Another popular option on the west coast, with many resorts offering packages. Imagine spending a weekend in a cozy cabin or hotel suite, overlooking the rugged rocks, the ocean swirling and sending waves crashing in all directions. It’s an incredible experience and one every person should enjoy. 
       

  • Diving

    • Vancouver Island offers some of the most diverse marine life in North America! The winter time offers ideal water clarity when visibility can exceed 30m/100ft.


Spring

MARCH THROUGH APRIL


  • Pacific Rim Whale Festival

    • In March, the communities of Ucluelet, Tofino & Pacific Rim National Park host events in celebration of the annual Grey whale migration. It’s a great experience being a part of the community buzz during this time Learn More
       

  • Kayaking

    • An option all year round, but definitely a treat in the spring & summer months when temperatures rise as you will most likely get wet. Kayak rentals are available from many beaches across the island, allowing you to venture in the nearby harbours or around the smaller surrounding islands. One of my favourites is SeaLegs Kayaking at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith, BC. Learn More
       

  • Mountain Climbing

    • Most of the snow will have melted except at much higher elevations.  You will come across gorgeous wildflower fields on many treks and be treated to spectacular views of Vancouver Island and surrounding mountain ranges from above. You can easily spend a full day hiking and peak daytime temperatures are comfortable for harder hikes and elevation climbs.


Summer

JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER


The summertime is dreamy. Simply put, endless adventures.

  • Beaches

    • Locals and tourists will flock to beaches daily for sunshine & swimming. For free spirited, adventurous souls, I recommend spending time exploring the white sand across the Pacific Rim National Park out on the west coast or alternatively heading out to the Juan de Fuca Provincial Parks located on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island. The beaches in Parksville & Qualicum Beach are lovely as well for those who are locating themselves more centrally on Vancouver Island.
       

  • Cowichan River

    • One of the most popular activities is to rent a tube from The Tube Shack on the Cowichan River and spend a few hours on a summers afternoon floating downstream with friends. There are many other stunning river locations, particularly in Parksville & Qualicum Beach, that are perfect for hiking, reading a book on the rocky rivers edge, or for swimming in crystal clear water at the base of a waterfall. Take your pick!
       

  • Whale Watching

    • One of my all-time favourite summertime activities. Ocean Ecoventures in Cowichan Bay is my go-to company for this. Not only is Captain Simon extremely knowledgable about all things whales & wildlife, but the company has great respect for the animals, ocean & natural surroundings. Learn More
       

  • Surfing

    • The waves may not be as big as in the winter, but you can’t beat being out amongst the waves in the Pacific Rim National Park surfing on a hot summers day. Alternatively, boogie boarding is also a fantastic time.
       

  • Hiking

    • Vancouver Island is the type of place that even after living here for 10 years, the list of places to explore is pages long. There is no way to see it all on one trip, let alone in one summer, but wherever you are staying during your time here, get out and explore some trails. 
       

  • Picnicking

    • Go to the local farmers market or grocery store and pick up some snacks. From there, Little Mountain in Parksville is my favourite place to lay out a blanket and soak up the view & warmth of the sun from above the trees. 
       

  • Camping

    • One of the greatest things is cozying up under the stars on a beach or rivers edge, or amongst towering mossy trees. There are many incredible fully equipped campsites on Vancouver Island and many hidden gems off the beaten path, too. Whatever your camping style, you will not be disappointed.
       

  • Downhill/Mountain Biking

    • A very popular sport on the island, there are endless trails to explore by bike all with varying adventure levels.
       

  • Gulf Islands

    • There are a few to choose from, but you can guarantee that each one has incredible artisans, restaurants, and outdoor adventures. The Salt Spring Island Saturday market is lovely followed by a drive up Mount Maxwell, Gabriola Island is full of magical swimming holes & hidden beaches, and others are perfect for hiking along ocean front trails and camping. You can also use the ferry to island hop. Don’t forget to watch for whales!


Autumn

OCTOBER THROUGH NOVEMBER


  • Salmon Run

    • Starting late October, Goldstream Park on southern Vancouver Island has a world-class salmon spawning stream with thousands of Chum Salmon returning each year. It is an incredible experience. 
       

  • Provincial Parks

    • The Provincial Parks on Vancouver Island are breathtaking 365 days of the year, but autumn makes for a spectacular sight. The colourful mountainsides & forests are simply magical. 
       

  • Camping

    • Autumn is a wonderful time to go camping as rain is limited and temperatures mild. It’s wonderful to set up camp for a few days of enjoyment in the wilderness at your favourite Provincial Park or at a more rustic location.
       

  • Beach Fires

    • Where permitted, beach fires are a highlight of summer for many locals. Keep warm by the fire while enjoying the sounds of the ocean and taking in the fresh west coast air.