British Columbia

Vancouver mired in pea soup as fog blankets South Coast

Dense fog on the West Coast is causing cancellations and delays for regional flights across B.C. for the second day in a row.

Travellers are advised to check their flight status before heading to B.C. airports

In was sunny high up, but most of Vancouver was covered up with fog 1:59

Dense fog on the West Coast is causing cancellations and delays for regional flights across B.C. for the second day in a row.

Air Canada cancelled several morning flights to Vancouver from Victoria, Nanaimo, Prince George, Terrace, Smithers, Castlegar and Seattle, and some afternoon flights from Prince Rupert and from Calgary. A number of Air Canada regional departures from Vancouver for the morning and afternoon have also been cancelled.

Central Mountain Air and Hawkair have cancelled scheduled morning flights from Vancouver to Terrace, and evening flights scheduled for the trip back.

Flights between Victoria and Seattle, which was also fogged-in Saturday morning, have also been cancelled into the early afternoon Saturday.

Fog persists over South Coast

Environment Canada said Friday that the large fog bank sitting over the southwest coast would persist over the weekend.

The view from the highest point in Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park, is obscured by thick fog Saturday morning. A number of regional flights to and from Vancouver and other B.C. destinations have been cancelled due to low visibility for the second day in a row. (Tim Weekes/CBC)

On Saturday morning, a special weather statement advised that low-level moisture is being trapped in the Georgia Basin by a ridge of high pressure that is expected to persist into next week.

"As a result, extensive fog and low cloud is expected through the weekend for regions of the inner South Coast. The weak October sun may burn through some of the fog and cloud allowing for some brief sunny breaks in the afternoons," Environment Canada said.

The weather service said that the primary areas affected are Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria, Fraser Valley west (including Abbotsford), the Sunshine Coast, the Southern Gulf Islands and East Vancouver Island.

Environment Canada predicts that wind patterns could change early into the work week, pushing the fog out of some areas.


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