Wettest Places in Canada
Prince Rupert's average of 3111 millimetres (mm) (over ten feet) of precipitation a year earns it the reputation as Canada's wettest city. Nearly all the moisture landing in the ocean port city of northern British Columbia falls as rain.
But several towns on BC's rainy west coast receive much more precipitation than Prince Rupert. Hartley Bay measures an incredible 4549 mm, or nearly 15 feet, of water pelting down each year. The Gitga'at village of 180 year-round residents sits at the confluence of Grenville and Douglas Channels, about 140 km south of Prince Rupert.
Rainier yet are some of the weather stations located at fish hatcheries and lighthouses scattered along coastal BC. Among these, Henderson Lake, located between Port Alberni and Ucluelet on western Vancouver Island ranks as the wettest. The fish hatchery there received 9082 mm (nearly 30 feet) of precipitation in 1997.
Because so many places in British Columbia excel at rain, the rainiest places in the rest of Canada are ranked in a separate table below. That is followed by a list of the biggest downpours ever recorded for a single day in Canada. All of those rainstorms, of course, took place in British Columbia.
Rest of Canada
The Atlantic coast gets nowhere near the amount of precipitation that deluges Canada's Pacific coast.
|Wreck Cove Brook, Nova Scotia||1945|
|Pools Cove - Fortune Bay, Newfoundland||1829|
|Louisbourg, Nova Scotia||1599|
|Sydney, Nova Scotia||1505|
|Cameron Falls, Alberta||1103|
A few places on BC's west coast have received more than 254 mm (10 inches) of rain in a single day, more than some areas of Canada get in a year.
|Seymour Falls, BC||314||Jan 14, 1961|
|Seymour Falls, BC||300||Nov 10, 1990|
|Port Renfrew, BC||293||Feb 23, 1986|
|Hartley Bay, BC||276||Oct 8, 1991|
|Nitinat River Hatchery, BC||257||Nov 7, 1995|
|Seymour River Hatchery, BC||255||Nov 10, 1990|