Seasonal Canada – weather, what to wear and when to go
When is the best time to visit Canada?
To break it down, peak season across most of the country begins with Victoria Day (the third Monday in May) and finishes on Labour Day (the first Monday of September). In the Rockies, there's a shorter peak season, from Canada Day (July 1st) until Labour Day.
When to go depends on your availability, budget and idea of a good time.
While prices are lower and crowds are smaller during spring and autumn, be aware that some attractions will be closed during these months. Peak season means prices are generally higher, but it’s an open slather on fun.
Visiting Canada for ski and snow holidays
If you’re heading over to Canada to see the snow, then winter and early spring are your best bet for the ski season. The temperature will drop well below zero so, as expected, you’ll need to prepare your wardrobe accordingly for the weather in Canada.
What to wear in winter
If you’re not decked out with snow gear, an idea is to start with the basics like thermals and a coat, and wait until you arrive to get the rest. Not only will warm clothing be cheaper and more readily available in Canada, you’ll have the option of renting if you’re only staying for a short visit.
There’s a lot more to a Canadian winter than snow sports
While not all regions offer snow sports during winter, the larger cities have brilliant indoor facilities to keep you entertained. Vancouver and Toronto are home to many noteworthy art galleries, theatres, museums and shops.
The average winter temperatures across Canada are varied
Where to go in Canada in summer
The Far North of Canada is ideal for visiting over the summer months. During July and August you can experience a huge array of outdoor sports the region is famed for, such as trekking, kayaking and mountain biking.
Not the sporty type? Don’t fret. Summer is officially festival season in Canada! Be sure to embrace your inner muso and check out the likes of Wayhome music festival, the Ottawa Bluesfest, the Vancouver Folk Festival and many more.
And with temperatures reaching highs of 25 - 30C across the country during summer, it’s the perfect time to break out your favourite shorts, t-shirts and beer stubbie.
Fancy a Canadian road trip?
The country’s most populated area, southern Canada, is the ideal place to turn up the tunes and cruise from sight to sight over spring, summer or autumn.
However, if you want to see the Rocky Mountains, wait until the first week of June. The lakes only thaw towards the end of May or early June, and their stunning turquoise colour is best caught during this small window of time.