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Best time to visit Canada with friends

The best time to travel to Canada is between mid-April to June, and September to early November. In this period, the temperatures are perfect for exploring and it's less busy, making prices more affordable.

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Feel free to contact one of our travel specialists, they would be more than happy to tell you more about Canada’s climate and seasons, and the best time to visit each region. Or feel free to attend one of our live and informative presentations for more inspiration on the best travel time. Based on your wishes, we can create an itinerary that ensures you travel to Canada at the best possible time.

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Canada is astounding at anytime of the year
© David Hamilton

"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

When should you travel to Canada?


Between the months of March and June is considered the 'shoulder season'. During this period, travelling is generally quieter and cheaper. Maple syrup seeps from the trees, wildflowers colour the landscape, and melting snow creates raging waterfalls. In the Okanagan Valley wine region in British Columbia, it is a wonderful time to visit with temperatures that can already reach up to 28 degrees Celcius in May.

Most sea-level hiking trails are free of snow. British Columbia is the best province for spring walks and Nova Scotia is a close second. Both provinces have mild temperatures. Spring also attracts whales to the shoreline. Whale watching is lovely in Nova Scotia, as well as Tofino in British Columbia.

Marvel at Canada's unique flora and fauna
© Karen Best
Canada is a hiker's paradise
© Paul Zizka


Summer in Canada is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Temperatures in the Canadian Rockies fluctuate between 13 and degrees Celcius. You can hike (the last mountain passes open), mountain bike, and kayak. In the evening, it can sometimes be quite cold.

From white mountain peaks to turquoise lakes, the contrasts are great during the summer. It is an excellent time to spot wildlife such as grizzly bears, caribou, and orcas. Banff and Jasper National Park in particular are known for the many wild animals that live there. It is also an excellent time for camping and road trips.

Soak up the summer vibes in Canada
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Cool off in one of Canada's beautiful lakes
© Tourism Whistler/ Mike Crane


During Autumn, the national parks are not so busy. Filled with every shade of orange, yellow and brown, it is truly a beautiful time of the year. Especially the eastern provinces and the Atlantic coast, which are renowned for their stunning autumn colours. Here, autumn is also called 'Indian Summer'.

In the late autumn months, you can expect rain and light snow in several places, including parts of Alberta. If hiking is not your thing, enjoy a scenic road trip through the Rocky Mountains. The Icefields Parkway will not disappoint either!

Conquer Waterton Lake in autumn
Marvel at the palette of autumn colours in Canada
© Tourism Nova Scotia/ Tom Cochrane


Between December and the end of March, it gets pretty cold in many parts of the country. The winters in Canada may seem very harsh. But that does not mean you should rule out a winter visit. Especially if you like winter sports and beautiful winter landscapes.

One of the most prominent ski destinations is Whistler. Even in early spring and sometimes May, there is a thick layer of snow here. Other ski destinations, such as Banff and Lake Louise along the Rockies, also come to life. For winter sports, it is high season, but in other parts of Canada, travelling is much more affordable.

Are you searching for adventure? Canada is sure to impress
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Canada was made for winter sports enthusiasts
© Tourism Whistler/ Scott Serfas
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You probably already have ideas for your holiday to the United States and Canada. Nature tours through the Rocky Mountains, spotting orcas near the San Juan Islands, or exploring the streets of San Francisco on the iconic cable car?

For the best local tips and advice, visit one of our online presentations. Meet our travel specialists and have all of your questions answered.