The standard of living is high in B.C. and Canada. The United Nations Human Development Index consistently ranks Canada as one of the world's best countries to live in. The people of B.C., like the rest of Canada, are friendly and welcoming. People from many cultures call B.C. their home, creating a diverse and vibrant society that welcomes international students.
Vancouver Island, the coastal regions of B.C. and Vancouver have a mild climate with pleasant warm, dry summers and mild, wet conditions in spring, fall and winter. It rarely snows in the lower areas of this region and if it does snow it usually doesn\'t stay around long.
Thompson-Okanagan and the Cariboo region enjoy pleasant temperatures during spring. Summers are some of the hottest in B.C. with temperatures often in the high 30\'s (degrees Celsius). By late October the temperature drops and brings a cooler fall with temperatures continuing to drop through to winter.
Kootenay region is in the southeast corner of the province. The climate in this region is known to fluctuate and change suddenly. Temperatures range from mild to cold in spring, fall and winter, and warm to hot in summer accompanied by high winds and dramatic lightning storms.
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast stretches from the Cariboo and Columbia mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, with a vast plateau area in between. The climate will vary dramatically as you travel across this region. The Cariboo and Chilcotin areas typically enjoy warm and dry summers while winters are cold but not damp. The coastal parts of this region are mild all year-round with October-February being the wettest months and May-August being the driest.
Northern B.C. encompasses more than half the province. Temperatures in this region are typically cooler than in the southern regions of B.C. for all seasons. Northern B.C. has high rainfall levels for spring, summer and fall, and cold winters.
Wherever you decide to do your studies in B.C. you should make sure to pack good wet-weather gear that includes a rain jacket, boots, waterproof shoes and an umbrella. For the winter months you should bring a nice warm jacket, gloves, and a warm hat. During summer, B.C. is pleasantly warm and shorts, t-shirts, skirts, dresses, and sandals are ideal for our summer temperatures.