Not always Cold in Canada
(Granger, IN, USA)
I live in northern Indiana and went fishing up to Vancouver Island in June and found the weather to be very pleasant. Later I visited in January and while expecting cold and ice etc I was pleasantly surprised to find a very mild climate.
Comparing the winter of Northern Indiana to Vancouver island B.C. I was shocked to find it much warmer and less cold than I had previously thought. Barry's Response
- Yes, the Vancouver Island is the mildest place in Canada
in winter. In addition, it has a pleasant, cool summer, making it one of the best places to live. Here's a graph that compares the high and low temperatures
for the two regions year-round so you know what to expect. Check to see whether it displays in Fahrenheit or Celsius on your device. Gary, about an hour southeast of Chicago, and Port Hardy, on the Queen Charlotte Strait, are the two places it presents.Search
this site for more information now.
The differences in climate between Vancouver Island and Indiana
Compared to Indiana's inland continental climate, Vancouver Island's climate is milder because of its coastal location and the moderating effects of the Pacific Ocean. Here's a comparison:
- On Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada,
you'll find a mild coastal climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Vancouver Island benefits from its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which moderates temperatures and brings plenty of moisture. Winters are mild, and summers are cool. Rainfall is heavy throughout the year, especially during the winter. Coastal areas are prone to fog and marine influences. Water temperatures in this region don't vary much, staying within a few degrees of 10°C (50°F).
- Indiana is located in the Midwest region of the United States and has a humid continental climate. Indiana has four distinct seasons, with hot summers and cold winters. There's a wide range of temperatures
in the state, with summer highs reaching into the 80s to 90s Fahrenheit (around 27 to 35 degrees Celsius) and winter lows below zero. They get a mix of rain and snow during the seasons. Water temperatures in southern Lake Michigan, which affect Indiana's climate, fluctuate wildly from nearly freezing in February to warm enough for swimming in August.
Vancouver Island's coastal location and influence from the Pacific Ocean results in milder temperatures and more precipitation than Indiana. As a result of the oceanic influence, Vancouver Island has relatively cool summers and mild winters, while Indiana has hot summers and cold winters. In Indiana, hot, muggy conditions
can happen anytime from June to September; on the BC coast, it rarely happens. There's usually a frost-free growing season starting early April at the northern coasts of both places and lasting six months or slightly longer on Vancouver Island.
For rainfall patterns the Pacific moisture gives Vancouver Island a lot more rain, while Indiana has a more evenly distributed pattern of rain and snow. There is considerably less wind on the Island than anywhere in the US Midwest at all times of the year, making the climate there quite pleasant.