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The pollen forecast for your area

The weather forecast for your area

Discover our hay fever advice and more information about pollen in your area.

Pollen Count in Victoria

What is the pollen count in Victoria today?

Check the pollen count today in Victoria with Your Pollen Pal. Enter your postal code above to find the daily levels in your street or at your planned destination to help minimize the impact of hay fever.

Pollen forecast for Victoria

Keep tabs on the Victoria pollen count over the next few days. Use the tracker for an accurate pollen forecast in any area – get the green light for a day out at Craigdarroch Castle, picnic in Beacon Hill Park or walk around Inner Harbour.

Pollen Month-by-Month in Victoria

Pollen Count by Month Victoria

  1. January

  2. With snow covering most of Canada, this month has a low pollen count. Certain types of tree pollen are beginning to wake up in Victoria – specifically cedar, hazel, and alder trees. If you’re struggling to distinguish the difference between hay fever and a winter cold, check out our guide to learn the differences.

  3. February

  4. Victoria will begin to feel the effects of tree pollen season as birch, oak, elm, maple and willow tree pollen are added to the mix.

  5. March

  6. In March, ash, poplar, and plane pollen make an appearance. Hay fever in March increases due to elm, willow, and hazel pollen, all of which are reaching their peak production.

  7. April

  8. April showers introduce grass pollen with Kentucky grass being the first representative of the upcoming season. Mulberry and walnut trees come to life again this month.

  9. May

  10. Sycamore trees begin pollenating in May, while grass pollen spreads pollen evenly across Victoria. Grasses prevalent are Kentucky, Bermuda, Johnson, orchard, and Timothy.

  11. June

  12. By June, pines, birch and oaks are the dominate producers of tree pollen in Victoria. Sweet vernal adds its pollen to the other grasses, joining the party.

  13. July

  14. In July, grass pollen is peaking in Victoria, while the majority of tree pollen production is coming to an end for another year.

  15. August

  16. The good news is that tree pollen production has peaked with the exception of a few late bloomers, and for Victoria that means allergy season is coming to a close.

  17. September

  18. Grass pollen is finally on the decline, signaling that hay fever is winding down for the season. Enjoy a deep breath of fresh air without the runny noses or itchy eyes – and hope that the sun stays out to make the most of it!

  19. October

  20. As the temperature falls, so does pollen production. Wet weather can also diminish whatever pollen is left in the air.

  21. November

  22. Enjoy the changing leaf colours without your eyes watering: November’s pollen count tends to be low.

  23. December

  24. December brings the first official day of winter in Victoria, which means traditionally low levels of pollen throughout the month.

Top Causes of Pollen in Victoria

Trees produce pollen in Victoria predominantly from February until July. Victoria’s top tree allergens are Alder, Pine, Poplar, and Birch trees1. An unusual additional pollinator on Vancouver Island is Hemlock. In April grass adds its pollen to the air, which will last through July. Luckily, weed pollen has little presence here so while hay fever symptoms begin early, they will also hopefully dissipate soonest.

Pollen count by Pollen Category Victoria

How to Stay Prepared for Victoria’s Allergy Seasons

  • Have a package of Kleenex® Ultra On-the-Go 3-Ply Pocket Facial Tissues by your side to comfort your stuffy nose for whenever seasonal allergies may arise.
  • Wear sunglasses to prevent pollen from reaching your eyes potentially causing watering or irritation.
  • Frequently wash your hands while out to remove pollen.
  • Use a petroleum jelly around your nostrils and upper lip to cut off pollen.2
  • Have a highly protective comfortable mask ready to filter pollen and allergens in the air.3
  • Once indoors, change your clothes and shower to wash off and remove pollen.
  • For those using standard nasal sprays try nasal breathing exercises to naturally assist.4

Pollen Hotspots in Victoria

The lush greenery that surrounds Victoria can unfortunately bring tears to the eyes of those of us with allergies, and not the good kind either. The manicured lawns of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, gardens of Craigdarroch Castle, and many trees of Beacon Hill Park can aggravate hay fever symptoms. As beautiful as it is, Abkhazi Garden can also pose a significant pollen risk. Check Your Pollen Pal before making plans!

Allergy Friendly Activities in Victoria

Springtime in Victoria – beginning as early as February but generally between March and May - is when the tree pollen count is at its peak. Pollen from trees and grass are prominent at different times so it’s a good idea to use the tracker to plan your trips and avoid being caught out. When going to the city’s green spaces is not in the cards, there are still plenty of other things to do.

Indoor Activities

Pollen count too high? Stay inside and explore!

  • Royal BC Museum
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • Miniature World
  • The Bateman Gallery
  • Craigdarroch Castle

Food and Drink

Experience a traditional British High Tea with a West Coast twist.

  • Government House Tea Room
  • Pendray Tea House
  • Fairmont Empress
  • White Heather Tea Room
  • Tea at The Empress

Getting Outdoors

Stick to the sea when hay fever symptoms arise.

  • Scenic marine route
  • Ogden Point Terminal and Breakwater
  • Whale watching
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Wildplay Elements Park



Pollen Levels

The following table shows the risk level for each type of pollen derived by applying NAB guidelines to our data and taking percentile values from the extended season for each type of pollen. 

Severity of pollen is dictated by the PPM number, which stands for Pollen Grains Per Cubic Metre. The weather and time of day can also be a big factor when it comes to how the pollen count can affect you. As pollen falls to the ground when the heat dissipates during the evening, this can mean your seasonal allergy symptoms get worse and is why many allergy sufferers have worse symptoms in the night. On rainy days, you’ll find your allergy symptoms are easier to manage as rain tends to wash pollen away.

  • Low
  • Moderate
  • High
  • Critical

Tree Pollen

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  • 0-95
  • 96-207
  • 208-703
  • 704+

Weed Pollen

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  • 0-20
  • 21-77
  • 78-266
  • 267+

Grass Pollen

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  • 0-29
  • 30-60
  • 61-341
  • 342+

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Pollen Faq

Frequently Asked Questions

The pollen tracker pools data from various sources including but not limited to
  1. Local Pollen traps, where available.
  2. Weather data and other anthropogenic factors.
  3. Vegetation related data around your region.
“With such levels of accuracy, we can predict the pollen count on your street for up to five days ahead.” Madhusudhan Anand, Co-Founder & CTO of Ambee

Pollen is a light airborne dust that acts as a fertilizing agent for various plants. Trees, flowers, grass, and weeds all produce pollen, especially during the spring and summer months.

Similar to how the Air Quality Health Index measures pollution in the air, the pollen count is the measure of how much pollen is in the air on a given day. This information is gathered from reporting stations across the country to provide accurate local pollen readings.

It’s not uncommon to think you’ve caught a cold or flu when you actually have allergies. Sometimes referred as hay fever, tree pollen allergies may cause these symptomsnasal congestion; sinus pressure; runny nose; itchy, watery, red eyes; coughing; scratchy throat; postnasal drip; and fatigue1.

In a word, yes. A study presented at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) reported that a pair of air pollutants linked to climate change interact with certain pollens resulting in a change at a chemical level which increases the pollen’s potency. This in turn provokes a more powerful immune response from allergy sufferers.3

Pollen counts are highest on dry, windy days and lower after rainfall or at night – and usually peak between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and again at dusk, so avoid these times if you plan to be outdoors. If you plan to exercise outside during allergy season, consider wearing a face mask designed to filter out pollens. As soon as you get home, rinse out your nose with saline or ask your doctor about nose sprays to provide relief.

A tree pollen level above 50 is considered high, while one to 10 is considered low. Be sure to check your local pollen count before venturing outside and plan accordingly.