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  •  Thank you for the beautiful diary. (7+ / 0-)

    My daughter lived in Seattle for a couple of years, and it was always my hope that on one of our visits we'd manage to get up that way.  Unfortunately, that never occurred.  I still want to visit and would love to think about retirement there.  Hubby wants only someplace warm and that means southern U.S.  Ugh.....  What are the winters like there?  I'm so curious and would love to visit.  It looks so beautiful and Canadian people seem so calm and sane to me right now.  I'm from WI.  

    •  Winters are changing, like everywhere (5+ / 0-)
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      We had a week of freezing temperatures and a snow storm or two. It wasn't too bad. Now we are having a cold spring. But I lived in Montreal for most of my adult life and, it's nothing like Montreal.

      Not all Canadians are sane, just look at our parliament. But I'm trying not to be political.

      This above all: to thine own self be true...-WS

      by Agathena on Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 08:45:11 AM PDT

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    •  Winters (8+ / 0-)

      I am 3 hours north of Victoria but my husband commutes there to work during the week so I spend a lot of time there in his apartment and my kids have all relocated there as well for school and work.

      The weather on Victoria island is fairly moderate in all seasons. Our summers are warm and sunny with a couple of what we consider to be sweltering weeks thrown in for good measure, however the ocean keeps thing on a pretty even keel and on the water it is considerably cooler, and can occasionally even get a tiny bit brisk in the evenings or during a cooler snap. I LOVE the summers on the island. My house has no air conditioning and does not need it as we are surrounded by large pine trees offering copious amounts of shade. (I live in a small rural town mid island, Victoria is a bit warmer) My windows (all of them) are open pretty much from late spring to early fall much to the delight of my cats and the sounds and smells of nature flood the house ... I have a lot of honeysuckle and fragrant roses about as do my neighbours but there is also a local dairy farm not too far distant, so ....

      We RARELY get thunderstorms even though we are known for our rains ... I come from the east and surprisingly MISS thunderstorms .. but we can get furious windstorms and frequently do, with mild near hurricane force winds. Worst things that generally causes, are downed trees, power outages and perhaps a few boats dragging their moorings.

      Winters are another story. If overcast skies and rain bother you, Vancouver island in the winter could get on your nerves. Sometime in late fall the clouds move in and the rainy season starts ... it doesn't stop until spring (march/april) The good news is the temperature rarely dips below freezing during the day, it usually hovers in the 0/+5 range most days (30-40F) ... may dip below at night however so tender plants need to be protected. I find the rain to be bothersome at times but we have a large covered veranda surrounding the house and the sound of the rain pattering on the roof is somehow comforting to me. Only time it bugs me is when I have to go shopping or drive any distance :)

      We get snow once or twice a season but it is the thick REALLY heavy water laden sort, very slippery, and we usually get a LOT of it all at once (in a matter of hours) Driving during that time can be treacherous. It rarely lasts long however and can totally disappear as early as the next day, but it usually never lasts longer than a week or so at the most, even after the worst of storms.

      I generally shovel my driveway once a season, but only cause it's steep and hard to get in the garage after a snowfall. If it was flat, I'd probably just wait for the snow to melt on it's own.

      I usually am compelled to wear a jacket in the winter (but have been known to go out with just a sweater) but I no longer own a winter coat. I always have a sweater handy for summer evenings especially when we are out on the boat.

      So there you have it ... Vancouver Island's weather from my perspective :) Hope you find it useful!

      "Not all who wander are lost"

      by mysticl on Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 09:18:06 AM PDT

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      •  Right on mysticl, no air conditioners (3+ / 0-)
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        very few people use them here. Many houses to not have double windows like back east or screens. Imagine we have no screens on our windows in the city.

        I also miss the thunderstorms. Lucky for me, the most spectacular thunderstorm on the coast happened while I lived on Kits Point, English Bay Vancouver. (We had three kinds of lightning and the whole bay lit up.)

        Thanks for your "weather report" !!

        Today is a beautiful Spring Day and I'm off.

        This above all: to thine own self be true...-WS

        by Agathena on Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 09:53:06 AM PDT

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        •  Thank you mystici and Agathena. (2+ / 0-)
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          Eddie C, Agathena

          Sounds like just the place I'd like to be -seasons, but not bitterly cold.  We are getting snow today in WI.  I appreciate the information.  Sounds like a beautiful place.  At the very least, I hope to visit sometime.


          •  The best of all worlds (3+ / 0-)
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            Agathena, churchlady, Eddie C

            Where I live there is a WONDERFUL ski resort ... in the winter it is theoretically possible to ski in the morning .. come down off the mountain and play a round of golf and/or even go sailing .. hehe .. for the most part our snow stays where it is supposed to .. on the mountain ... but it's there if you want it. In the summer the mountain is converted to mountain bike trails and is very popular with the kids.

            It really is a wonderful place to live/retire ... but shhh don't let anyone know ... it might get crowded :)

            Like many people who live here I am not native to the island ... most people I meet came from elsewhere and decided to put down roots. I may have been born and raised in Ontario but as soon as I came to BC I was home .. hope you get to come some day, I can guarantee it will be worth the trip :)

            "Not all who wander are lost"

            by mysticl on Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 11:46:12 PM PDT

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