The Best Time of Year to Visit Canada
As an Englishman who many years ago adopted a new home country, I have more than a few thoughts about the cooler months in Canada. Looking back on my early years here, I have to admit that I first approached winter—Canadian winter!—with trepidation.
But now, with a number of Canadian winters under my belt, I now appreciate it and even look forward to the winter season each year. And so should you, as winter is the very best time of year to visit. Here are some major reasons why everyone should experience the true wonder of winter in Canada’s Great White North—from the majestic Rocky Mountains to old-world Quebec, and the rugged east coast along Newfoundland.
Month-by-month guide to travelling in Canada
April is not the best time for travel in Canada. It is too warm for winter sports (no more snow) and too early in the season for summer activities, as many tourist attractions do not open until later in the year.
The best type of vacation in April is one that lets you explore some of the big cities, such as our “Wonders of the North” road trip.
Early May to the end of June
Mid-May to late June is a great time to visit Canada! There are not a lot of tourists so prices are reasonable. The summer tourist season has officially begun, although the first two weeks of May are generally quiet (and many attractions are still closed). There are new leaves in the trees; nature is in full bloom.
July and August
July-August is peak tourist season right across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver, especially from mid-July to mid-August. For the most popular attractions and locations, you may need to book 6 to 9 months in advance to be sure of availability (and for better prices, as it is always more expensive to book at the last minute).
Cities and national parks are teeming with tourists from around the world. And naturally, prices at their highest.
Days can be very hot (see weather stats tables below).
September and October
This is what we call Indian summer, when the forests don their brilliant hues of red and gold and nature is in full splendour.
The weather is still very pleasant, especially in September, although evenings can be quite chilly. You might enjoy reading our “What to wear in summer in Canada?” section, which will help you plan what clothing to pack.
There are fewer tourists and prices are generally lower. In short, it’s the ideal time to take a Canadian vacation!
Like April, November is not the best time for travel in Canada. It can be cold and rainy, and there are no more leaves in the trees.
The best type of vacation in November is one that lets you explore some of the big cities, such as our “Wonders of the North” road trip.