Victoria residents in 1916 would have likely been thrilled with today’s weather.
Despite Environment Canada warning of gusting winds and 5 to 10 cm of snow today, on Feb. 8 1916 there was at least twice as much.
According to historical data from Environment Canada, 7.6 cm of snow landed on Victoria on this day 103 years ago. Unfortunately for those residents who weren’t fans of snow, that was one of the smaller dumps of the that month.
— Oak Bay Archives (@OakBayArchives) February 8, 2019
Almost 120 cm fell on Victoria during the first 10 days of February that year. That whole winter is remembered as one of the worst on record for Victoria.
The Oak Bay Archives has a collection of photos from that storm. Although people had cars back then you won’t many in the photos. Residents relied on horse plows for snow clearing, and old fashioned manual labour.