Average Sunshine a Year in British Columbia

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The tables below list yearly averages for the number of sunny days and hours of sunshine at cities and towns in British Columbia.

The places are grouped into a separate table for each region of the province: Southwest Mainland, Vancouver Island, Central BC, Southeast BC and Northern BC.

Each place has three measures of sunshine. The number for % Sun is the usual percentage of daylight hours with bright sunshine. Hours gives the total hours of bright sunshine that's normal during a year. Days statistics are for the typical number of days annually with any amount of measurable sunshine. All the data are averages for the years 1981 to 2010.

Southwest BC Mainland

Total annual sunshine
% Sun Place Hours Days
40 Abbotsford 1887 285
38 Powell River 1824 281
41 Vancouver - Richmond 1938 289
35 Whistler 1684 281

Vancouver Island

Average amount of sunshine yearly
% Sun Place Hours Days
40 Courtenay - Comox 1926 287
41 Nanaimo 1940 295
33 Port Alberni 1611 273
31 Port Hardy 1462 283
35 Tofino 1668 273
44 Victoria - Sidney 2109 308

Central British Columbia

Annual average sun
% Sun Place Hours Days
29 Bella Coola 1471 268
43 Kamloops 2080 316
40 Kelowna 1949 304
40 Penticton 1923 304
42 Vernon 2027 301
41 Williams Lake 1986 308

Southeast BC

Number of sunny hours and days a year on average
% Sun Place Hours Days
38 Castlegar 1854 292
46 Cranbrook 2191 315
30 Golden 1493 275
32 Revelstoke 1583 272

Northern British Columbia

Average total sunshine yearly
% Sun Place Hours Days
42 Fort Nelson 2028 292
44 Fort St John 2095 304
39 Prince George 1918 299
26 Prince Rupert 1242 251
31 Sandspit 1493 292
33 Smithers 1621 289
Reference

Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. 1981-2010 Climate Normals & Averages.

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