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About The Region - Weather

Winter snowfall in the Kootenay Columbia averages between 171 cm (67 inches) in the south and 206 cm (81 inches) in the north. The region, often referred to as 'the warm side of the Rockies', has winter highs in the valleys averaging 5 degrees celsius (40 degrees fahrenheit).

Spring sunshine releases vast quantities of clean fresh water from the winter snowpack, creating tumbling creeks that feed both the Columbia and Kootenay River systems. Spring flowers bloom in the valleys in April and you can expect warm days and cool nights through May and June. However, winter conditions may remain in the high elevation mountain terrain until July.

In July, August and September, slap on the sunscreen and be ready for the high temperatures. Climate can vary from one valley to the next and indeed within very short distances. Local conditions are affected by altitude, proximity to large lakes, wind flows through valleys and the rain shadow effect on high mountains.



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