When to go to Vancouver

Vancouver's weather, climate, festivals, events and public holidays

By Rebecca Tay

Winters are mild in the city but Vancouver's close proximity to Grouse Mountain (20 minutes from downtown) makes it an ideal base from which to enjoy winter sports. Whistler is only 100km (60 miles) further north. For those who enjoy the sunshine, the summer months will give you ample opportunity to get a tan on one of the many beaches that line the Vancouver shoreline.

Weather & climate

In contrast to most of the rest of Canada, Vancouver enjoys a temperate climate not unlike that of the UK. Owing to the ameliorating effect of the surrounding sea, winters are never that cold and summers are rarely oppressively hot. The only climatic drawback to the city is the rainfall, particularly in the winter months. From October through February the average monthly rainfall ranges from 115mm/4.5 inches to 167mm/6.5 inches and it's been known to rain for 29 days without respite.

Average temperatures

January – 2-5ºC
February – 4-7ºC
March – 6-10ºC
April – 9-14ºC
May – 12-18ºC
June – 15-21ºC
July – 17-23ºC
August – 16-18ºC
September – 12-23ºC
October – 8-20ºC
November – 4-14ºC
December – 3-7ºC

Festivals & events

Vancouver's established festivals are impressive international affairs, but locals are just as enthusiastic about celebrating their city's cultural diversity – and they do so at any given opportunity, any time of the year. Summer is a particularly event-heavy season, which includes the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Canada Day, the Vancouver Pride Parade.

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Public holidays

New Year's Day 1 Jan (if it falls on Sun, then the holiday is the following Mon)
Good Friday Mar/Apr
Easter Monday Mar/Apr
Victoria Day 3rd Mon in May
Canada Day 1 July
BC Day 1st Mon in Aug
Labour Day 1st Mon in Sept
Thanksgiving 2nd Mon in Oct
Remembrance Day 11 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec

Our listings

While every effort and care has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this guide, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors it may contain. Before you go out of your way, we strongly advise you to phone ahead and check the particulars.

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