The weather between the East and West Canada can be quite different, the wide-ranging country offers many climate conditions. With freezing winters, colorful autumns, humid summers, and beautiful springs – Canada has the variety for the weather, outdoor activities and endless events to choose from. Depending on your reason for traveling – leisure, winter sports, camping or summer festivals Canada has the weather and season for everything. There are no bad months to visit although some are preferred more than others.
Winter in Canada
January and February are the coldest and the cheapest months of the year to visit Canada. During these months the ski season is at its peak and the prices are the lowest. In the months of January and February, you can get the best deals on hotels and other bookings.
Make sure you check out the Niagara Falls Winter Festival in January with a stunning light show and the Festival du Voyageur in February with many ice and snow sculptures, warm drinks and skating.
Canada in winter is the perfect place for those who love winter sports. There are endless opportunities when it comes to skiing, skating, and hockey. We recommend visiting Banff and Lake Louise for the best ski destinations and experiences.
We suggest packing your bulkiest coat, winter boots, scarfs and gloves as the temperature will be well below 0 degrees.
Autumn in Canada
Autumn – the most colorful and stunning season of the year in Canada. In September when the temperatures are starting to lower Canada transforms into shades of reds, oranges, and yellows. Autumn is a good time to travel as the weather is still warm, but the prices have lowered. Autumn is the best season for hiking not only because of the perfect weather but also the beautiful scenery that can be admired along the way. If you are up for an adventure visit Lake Louise and join the Tea House adventure for a six-hour uphill hike.
Make sure not to miss The Salmon Run when salmon returns from the ocean and swims up the river while being hunted by bears and eagles. For Salmon Run watching, head to Capilano River Hatchery – North Vancouver or Bell Irving Hatchery at Kanaka Creek – Maple Ridge.
Spring in Canada
Spring in Canada can be quite unpredictable, one day you can enjoy a sunny day in the park and the other be surprised by a snowstorm. In April you can still go skiing in the mountain regions and experience heavy rainfall in others.
The Spring season is the most difficult to pack for as the weather changes daily, you might need a winter coat one day and rain boots the other. We recommend bringing a warm raincoat and a couple of light jackets for sunny days.
Don’t miss the Hot Docs International Documentary Film festival in April which celebrates more than 100 North American documentaries. You can also join the Vancouver Sun Run – Canada’s largest 10-kilometer race.
Keep an eye out for the cherry blossom season from April to May at High Park of Toronto.
Summer in Canada
The summer peak months are July and August, for these, you might want to plan in advance. June is usually warm and you will notice the increased number of tourists in national parks and other tourist destinations. During the month of July, you will see the prices as well as the number of tourists rapidly increasing, the weather is mostly hot and humid.
Don’t miss the Canada day on July 1st. On July 1st Canada celebrates the anniversary of the Constitution act, expect a lot of fireworks, parades, and concerts.
August will be filled with music festivals with an extensive line-up and all night long parties. Summer days in Canada are warm, sunny and long so you can enjoy the outdoor activities and stunning Canadian landscape.