Near the southeast tip of Vancouver Island, Sunsail’s new Preferred Partner location offers superb access to many Pacific Northwest locales – one of the world’s top-rated sailing areas with a varied climate that allows outdoor pursuits year-round – even fishing, hiking and golfing in the south coastal areas through January!
From here, you can visit the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, the San Juan Islands, and of course the Sunshine Coast, which stretches along the Strait of Georgia from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound and is home to many communities.
The following Historical Weather and Sailing Conditions apply to these areas.
In these cruising grounds, the primary sailing season is from May through September. However, depending on the conditions you prefer, a great mix of sailing conditions prevails throughout the year.
Throughout the cruising grounds along the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the average weather conditions do vary for precipitation, as well as high and low temperatures.
|Month||Avg Temps Hi-Lo||Avg Precipitation||Avg Water Temp||Avg Min/Max Wind|
|January||7-1◦C||5.5 in (140 mm)||17-21◦C||5 - 15 knots|
|Feruary||8-2◦C||4 in (100 mm)||17-21◦C||5 - 15 knots|
|March||10-2◦C||3.1 in (80 mm)||17-21◦C||5 - 15 knots|
|April||13-4◦C||2 in (50 mm)||17-21◦C||5 - 15 knots|
|May||16-7◦C||1.1 in (30 mm)||17-21◦C||5 - 15 knots|
|June||19-9◦C||1.1 in (30 mm)||17-21◦C||8 - 12 knots|
|July||22-11◦C||0.4 in (10 mm)||17-21◦C||8 - 12 knots|
|August||22-11◦C||0.8 in (20 mm)||17-21◦C||8 - 12 knots|
|September||19-8◦C||1.1 in (30 mm)||17-21◦C||5 - 15 knots|
|October||14-5◦C||3.1 in (80 mm)||17-21◦C||5 - 15 knots|
|November||9-3◦C||6 in (150 mm)||17-21◦C||5 - 15 knots|
|December||7-1◦C||6 in (150 mm)||17-21◦C||5 - 15 knots|
There are significant tidal ranges in this cruising region. Tidal range is between minus 2ft to +18ft with the majority of anchorages having plenty of water at all states of tide. Seas throughout the cruising area are generally sheltered and calm.
The average water temperature is consistently 17-21◦C, and only varies about 2 degrees all year.
Generally, the winds blow west/northwest or east/northeast year round at 5-15 knots (8-12 knots in the summer).
Sources: Victoria International Airport and BC Tourist Authority