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Best Times to Visit Vancouver

  • March-May

Spring comes early in Vancouver, making this season one of the best times to travel. As temperatures begin to rise (averaging in the 50s and 60s), the city starts to bloom. Residents like to kayak in English Bay, stroll through flower beds in Stanley Park and take part in the numerous special events held throughout town. Plus, this is the time to nab deals on hotel rooms before the summer tourists start flooding in.

  • Key Events:
  • International Dance Festival (March)
  • Vancouver Sun Run (April)
  • Vancouver International Children's Festival (May-June)


  • June-August    

Summer marks the high season, with travelers flocking to the city from all over North America to enjoy the exciting outdoor activities and numerous special events. And although temperatures only reach the low 70s on average, Vancouverites don their swimsuits and head to Kitsilano Beach at English Bay. The only real downside to a summer visit: hotel prices. To accommodate the number of tourists and cruisers (Vancouver is a busy cruise port), hotels tend to significantly up their rates. Book at least several weeks early to ensure both availability and a reasonable price.


  • Key Events:
  • Bard on the Beach (June-September)
  • Vancouver International Storytelling Festival (June)
  • International Jazz Festival (June-July)
  • Canada Day (July)
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July)
  • Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival (August)

  • September-November

Autumn is another pleasant period for Vancouver tourism. Although the hordes of summer travelers have already headed back home and temperatures have fallen into the 60s and 50s (sometimes even the 40s), the city has yet to go into hibernation. Vancouverites continue to frequent Stanley Park's walking paths (now littered with red and orange leaves), and the beaches of Kitsilano and Point Grey. Hotel rates also start to plummet around this time — a definite perk for bargain-hunters.


  • Key Events:
  • Bard on the Beach (June-September)
  • International Fringe Festival (September)
  • International Film Festival (September-October)
  • Vancouver Writers Fest (October)
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo (October)

  • December-February    

If winter sports are your main motivation, Vancouver makes a great home base. Colder weather draws thousands of powder hounds to the nearby slopes. But for those of you looking to see the city, now is probably not the best time. Although hotel prices are at their lowest during the winter, temperatures in the 30s and 40s, as well as frequent rain showers, can put a damper on your trip.


  • Key Events:
  • Rogers Santa Claus Parade (December)
  • Festival of Lights (December-January)
  • Polar Bear Swim (January)
  • PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (January-February)
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival (January-February)
  • Vancouver International Wine Festival (February-March)


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