Hi there! I'm a current 3L at UVic Law. I really like it! I think that people are generally friendly, and that goes a long way whether school is online or in person. I think the competition-aspect of law school is more moderated, since we are not ranked against our classmates (we don't see a ranking). It feels like a smaller community, because each class is smaller compared to other law schools in Canada. The lower tuition is good, but that is moderated by a smaller selection of classes. The registration is a MAD rush and very intense, and often you don't get classes you want and the admin doesn't really care. That said, I've always been able to find things I wanted to take. I like the focus on indigenous law, and I think the indigenous law taught at UVic is the best in Canada. I like the social justice nature of the school, despite my focus on big law for my career. The co-op program is unique, and there are a lot of opportunities.
I saw you mention the weather, I think the wind is intense if you live by the ocean, but otherwise it's a more moderate climate than you've find at any other Canadian law school. I'm originally from Vancouver, so that's where my perspective is informed from. But I know that students from all across Canada who have come here, and they find it enjoyable. I'm really happy about my decision to attend UVic Law, and I feel the community is really strong here.