Victoria has the mildest climate in Canada, but we do have four seasons! A famous "saying" that you will learn on Canada's west coast is that we can "have four seasons in one day." This means that our weather can change quickly and you need to be prepared!
June – August: weather is generally sunny and dry. Bring lighter summer clothes and a warm jacket to wear in the evening.
September – May: bring warm shoes/boots, a warm jacket, a raincoat, gloves, a hat and a scarf.
All Year Optional: our English Language Centre programs have a farewell lunch or dinner at the end of the program. This is a special event and many students choose to wear semi-formal clothing such as a skirt, dress, dress shirt or a suit.
Cultural Tip: In Canada, we remove our shoes upon entering the home, so you are encouraged to bring slippers or thick socks to keep you warm during the cooler months.
If you forget to pack any of these items, don’t worry! You can buy them in Victoria at reasonable prices. Cultural Assistants, teachers, host family and/or classmates can give you tips on where to shop.
- A voltage converter and plug adaptor if needed. Canada’s electricity is 110 volts, 60 Hz.
- A laptop computer - one is required for all academic-stream courses and strongly recommended for all general-stream courses.
- A four-month supply of any medications you require (in the original packaging and with a prescription from your doctor).
- Cultural items (including traditional clothing if you want) to remind you of home, show to your host family and for cultural presentations that are part of many of our programs.
- Towels if you are living in the UVic dormitories
- An umbrella