Courtenay Climate?

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  1. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The following was sent in via email:

    I need to know the last frost date for Courtenay BC. I have just moved from Alberta.

    Jane
     
  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    You would think this info would be standard on city municipal websites, but I can't find it. Courtenay is apparently zone 7b - 8b, so it will be milder than you were used to in Alberta. Any gardeners in Courtenay with advice for Jane?
     
  3. Brent A. Hine

    Brent A. Hine Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi Jane. I grew up in Parksville, very similar climate, just down the road from Courtenay.
    My best guess is sometime around the first week of April ~ quite soon!
     
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    woodschmoe Active Member 10 Years

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    The Courtenay climate is generally zone 8: some 8b's to be had, and in some choice pockets, pushing a zone 9. That being said, the Comox valley has enough geographic variation to make site matter a great deal: I'm 2 weeks behind my neighbour, on the other side of the ridge: in the winter, I've lost plants, while my friend mere kilometers away continues to grow the same species without a problem. My average date of last killing frost? Generally the second week of april.
     
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    It depends on where in the comox valley you are. I live a mile up hill from Royston towards Cumberland, and I have seen frost up too mid April. This year is extremely warm, but who can predict what Mother will do. Mid to late April would be a safe bet.
     

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