Our schedule is kind of flexible -- we could come up in early August, or mid, or even late -- we would like to avoid the heaviest part of the mosquito season (not to mention the tourist season!). When do the bugs start to ease up? (I know that it must vary from year to year, depending on the weather -- but maybe there is a typical date by which the mosquitoes have settled down.)
Our goal is to spend about a month, wandering from one remote area to another. My guess is that we will have to leave by the end of September, due to the snow -- we are hoping to work our way back south via either the Rockies or the Cascades.
The bug season ends?? I thought they just moved inside with you for the winter.
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It usually depends on when the first cold nights/frost hits. The little critters don't seem to like the cold. So, that could be anywhere between July and October.
I find that by mid August, things can be pretty good, assuming that it hasn't been a wet summer.
Above is a fairly accurate description of mozzies in north central BC. They start hatching in may and July can be bad. The bug season in alpine areas start later and finish earlier because of cool/frost conditions but make no mistake, if you are in the high country during this hatching season, if there is little wind ,they will drive you crazy.
September can be a great time to explore the north of BC as often they get an Indian summer where days are warm and sunny, nights have frost so no bugs.
We have found that even if you really never get used to biting bugs, they are part of the
I think Aug/Sept is your best bet. Its usually dryer and therefore better for less bugs. Have had bug free summers here and absolute nightmares. YMMV. Lots to see here, off the beaten path. October is a little chilly at night and you could see winter.