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Experience the diversity in every season

When is the best time to travel to Canada?

Canada is a beautifully diverse country that distinctly experiences the four seasons. Generally, the best time to travel to Canada is between April to June, and September to November. In these periods, the temperatures are perfect for exploring and it's less busy, making prices more affordable. But it also depends on what you want to do in Canada, of course!

Take advantage of our local knowledge

Feel free to contact one of our travel specialists. They would be more than happy to discuss Canada’s climate and seasons in detail, as well as the best time to visit each region based on your specific interests. Or, feel free to attend one of our live and informative presentations for more inspiration on the best travel time.

Discover the seasons of Canada

Surround yourself by pure nature in the summer
Experience a snowy wonderland in the winter
© Tourism Whistler/ Justa Jeskova

"September is a great time to visit British Columbia, this region tends to have late summers and the crowds are gone, so it is also less busy."

Michael, Travel specialist

Spring

The spring months from March to May are beautiful as nature blooms into its full potential. Maple syrup seeps from the trees, wildflowers colour the landscape, and melting snow creates cascading waterfalls. Spring also attracts whales to the shoreline, which can be seen in the provinces of British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

This period is considered a 'shoulder season', where travelling is generally quieter, prices are more affordable, and temperatures are mild. Most sea-level hiking trails are free of snow throughout British Columbia and Nova Scotia. In the Okanagan Valley wine region of British Columbia however, temperatures can already reach 28 degrees Celsius in May!

Discover the colours of Canada in spring
© Karen Best
Canada is a hiker's paradise
© Northern BC Tourism/Abby Cooper

Summer

From white mountain peaks to turquoise lakes, the contrasts in Canada are breathtaking during the summer months of June to August. An outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, you’ll be able to camp, road trip, hike, mountain bike, kayak and more! This is also an excellent time of year to spot wildlife from grizzly bears, to caribou, and orcas. Banff and Jasper National Park in particular are known for the many wild animals that live there.

Temperatures in the Canadian Rockies fluctuate between 13 and 20 degrees Celsius in the summer. In the evening, it can still be quite cold!

Go mountain biking through the peaks of Canada
© Nick Rickert
Enjoy spectacular views at Banff National Park
© Paul Zizka

Autumn

As the Canadian maple leaves change to vibrant colours of orange, red and yellow, the autumn months from September to November are a sight to be seen. The eastern provinces in particular are known for the mesmerizing crimson shades that colour every tree.

During this time, you can expect light rain and an occasional dusting of snow in some areas of the country. The national parks are less busy and there are plenty of opportunities to hike. If hiking isn’t for you, enjoy a scenic road trip through the Rocky Mountains. The Icefields Parkway won't disappoint either!

Autumn in the Kootenaay Rockies is postcard-picture perfect
© Destination BC/Ben Westerik
Jasper National Park is also particularly beautiful in autumn
© Dave Lieske @davey_gravy

Winter

The Canadian winter months between December and February can seem harsh, but that doesn’t mean you should rule out a visit - especially if you like winter sports and dazzling white landscapes.

For prominent ski destinations, such as Whistler, Banff and Lake Louise, this time of year is when they come to life. Hit the slopes, learn to snowboard, try tobogganing, and then warm up in a cosy chalet with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace to finish your day.

Conquer the peaks at Banff National Park in the winter
© Paul Zizka
A beautiful glacier in Canada
Explore Fraser Valley during the winter in Chilliwack
© Destination BC/Shayd Johnson
British Columbia winters are generally more mild than the rest of the country, but you'll still get snow!

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