Victoria, capital of British Columbia, Canada, has a Marine west coast climate. Victoria is also considered to have a Mediterranean climate, with rainy and mild winters and relatively mild and dry summers.
Victoria has the mildest winter in Canada with 7.4 degrees C (45 F). Victoria also has the lowest snowfall in the country, with an average of 26 cm (10 in) of snow per year. Victoria get large snowfalls every few decades and locals remember the more than 100 cm (39 in) of snow fell in December 1996.
Victoria is popular for dump winters, however, total annual precipitations is only 608 mm (24 in). On Vancouver Island Victoria has less rainfall than Port Renfrew, located just 80 km away on the southwest coast, with 3,671 mm (145 in) of rainfall. The Victoria International Airport is only 25 km north of Victoria and receives 45 per cent more precipitations than the capital. Other main cities located in the region has higher precipitations too. Vancouver receives 1,219 mm (48 in) of rainfall, and Seattle US, 970 mm (38 in).
Regarding sunshine, with 2,223 hours of sun per year, Victoria is among the sunniest cities in British Columbia. Apart from other cities located in the southern Prairies, Victoria gets more sunshine than most of other cities in Canada.
Victoria is known as the City of Gardens. Mild weather conditions, enthusiastic residents spending time in their gardens and municipalities in the area looking after public spaces, make the Greater Victoria area one of the most beautiful places in Canada.