2-m temperatures, 10-m wind speeds and precipitation modelled by ERA-Interim, the Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR), the 55-year Japanese Reanalysis (JRA-55), and the latest Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA-2), are evaluated at monthly and daily time scales over the complex terrain of British Columbia for the period 1980–2010. We provide an intercomparison of these reanalyses at grid points across the province. Additionally, temperature, wind speeds and precipitation from the reanalyses are compared with observations at three meteorological stations in disparate climatological zones. Namely, these stations were chosen because they are geographically dispersed around British Columbia and represent a mixture of coastal, intermountain and continental locations. Standard deviation, skewness, and kurtosis of the observed temperatures, wind speeds, and precipitation are compared to that of the reanalysis datasets. Additionally, minima and maxima values of the observations are evaluated with respect to that of the reanalyses. Finally, performance of the reanalyses are tested for case studies of extreme temperature, wind speeds, and precipitation events across British Columbia.