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What to Wear
Vancouver Island weather is generally mild year-round, but conditions can change at a moment's notice. For summer, light, comfortable clothing will do. If you plan to go out on the water (sailing, whale watching), pack warm clothes and a windbreaker. In spring and fall, Vancouver Island gets rainy; be prepared by having access to an umbrella and a lightweight, water repellant jacket of some kind. Inland and north island areas may be somewhat cooler, so do prepare for temperature differences. Note for evening wear: Most people dress up for going out, and some places have dress codes.
Canada uses the Metric System (International Systems of Weights
and Measures). Weather is given in degrees Celsius, gasoline
is sold by the liter, grocery items are in grams and kilograms, fabric
is sold by the meter, and road speeds are posted in kilometers.
The standard 120v/60c voltage electricity is used.
British Columbia is on Pacific Daylight Time from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in October. This is the same time zone as California state. The clocks are advanced 1 hour from Pacific Standard Time. There are five time zones in Canada. Remember that the rest of the country is ahead of BC. If travelling from eastern cities such as Toronto, Montreal, or New York City, please remember to set your watch back three hours.
New Years Day - January 1