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Despite Canada's size, weather patterns are largely the same across the country, with defined seasons similar to those in Europe. While there are variations - coastal regions are usually more temperate than prairie provinces and mountain ranges attract higher rainfall and snow in some areas than others – it’s cold everywhere in winter and warm in most locations in summer. The summer months are most popular, offering sunny days and pleasant temperatures. Springtime starts in late April through to early June and can be a delightful time of year to visit, with gradual snow melt revealing forests and wildflowers and a re-emergence of Canadian wildlife from the long winter hibernation. September’s considered the peak of the salmon run, attracting large numbers of bears. It also marks the start of autumn, with spectacular fall foliage lasting into October.

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Month-by-month guide to travelling in Canada

Visiting Canada in January - March

The weather is unquestionably cold at the start of the year, but if you're prepared and have packed appropriately you can enjoy the many activities and festivals that take place during the Canadian winter. There are popular cultural and sporting events and some incredible wildlife experiences, but perhaps best of all is the amazing phenomenon illuminating the dark winter skies known of course as the Northern Lights.

Polar bears play fighting out on the tundra near Churchill, Canada

Events & Festivals

  • Quebec Winter Festival (last weekend of January to February) Lasting 14 nights, this is the world’s largest winter carnival, notable for incredible ice and snow sculptures. Visit Québec »


Canada Climate Guide

Place Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Banff -6°C 41mm -1°C 29mm 2°C 25mm 7°C 39mm 14°C 59mm 18°C 74mm 22°C 54mm 21°C 53mm 15°C 47mm 10°C 32mm 0°C 32mm -4°C 38mm
Calgary -5°C 17mm -1°C 16mm 2°C 19mm 10°C 32mm 16°C 51mm 20°C 82mm 23°C 64mm 22°C 56mm 17°C 44mm 12°C 18mm 3°C 14mm -1°C 17mm
Jasper -7°C 39mm -1°C 23mm 3°C 20mm 10°C 25mm 15°C 37mm 19°C 60mm 22°C 63mm 21°C 60mm 16°C 46mm 10°C 34mm 1°C 32mm -4°C 33mm
Churchill and Northern Manitoba -24°C 16mm -22°C 15mm -15°C 17mm -5°C 25mm 3°C 33mm 11°C 44mm 17°C 50mm 16°C 61mm 9°C 53mm 1°C 45mm -9°C 36mm -19°C 21mm
Montréal -5°C 69mm -3°C 64mm 2°C 72mm 11°C 74mm 19°C 72mm 24°C 86mm 27°C 90mm 25°C 98mm 20°C 89mm 14°C 76mm 6°C 90mm -2°C 92mm
Halifax -1°C 144mm -1°C 117mm 3°C 121mm 8°C 113mm 14°C 104mm 19°C 96mm 23°C 96mm 23°C 105mm 19°C 92mm 13°C 122mm 8°C 148mm 2°C 156mm
Ottawa -6°C 57mm -4°C 54mm 2°C 59mm 11°C 65mm 19°C 72mm 24°C 82mm 26°C 82mm 25°C 84mm 20°C 82mm 13°C 73mm 5°C 79mm -3°C 77mm
Québec City -6°C 84mm -5°C 71mm 1°C 71mm 9°C 72mm 17°C 80mm 22°C 115mm 26°C 118mm 24°C 108mm 18°C 105mm 12°C 82mm 4°C 94mm -4°C 108mm
Toronto -2°C 55mm -1°C 52mm 4°C 58mm 12°C 64mm 18°C 67mm 24°C 68mm 27°C 71mm 25°C 82mm 21°C 73mm 15°C 61mm 7°C 72mm 1°C 67mm
Vancouver 5°C 176mm 7°C 134mm 10°C 115mm 14°C 74mm 17°C 61mm 20°C 52mm 23°C 36mm 22°C 42mm 19°C 67mm 14°C 136mm 9°C 178mm 6°C 196mm
Whistler -1°C 156mm 2°C 104mm 5°C 84mm 10°C 58mm 15°C 53mm 18°C 52mm 22°C 39mm 21°C 44mm 17°C 57mm 11°C 122mm 3°C 154mm 0°C 166mm
Whitehorse -15°C 20mm -8°C 15mm -1°C 13mm 6°C 9mm 13°C 14mm 19°C 29mm 21°C 37mm 19°C 37mm 13°C 33mm 5°C 24mm -5°C 21mm -11°C 20mm
Yellowknife -24°C 14mm -20°C 13mm -13°C 13mm -1°C 11mm 10°C 17mm 17°C 23mm 21°C 37mm 18°C 41mm 10°C 32mm 1°C 34mm -10°C 26mm -20°C 18mm

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Canada

The road to Moraine Lake, Canada
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Self-drive holidays in Canada

Jump behind the wheel and experience this magnificent country at your own pace with a fly drive in Canada. With its quiet roads, spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife, this is one of the best countries in the world for self-drive holidays.

Grizzly bear
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Bear watching in Canada

Canada is arguably the best country in the world to see black, grizzly and polar bears, and British Columbia is particularly renowned for black and grizzly viewing in their natural environment. We can advise on where and when to see these fascinating animals.

Helen cycling in Ottawa, Canada

The majority of people travel to Canada in the main summer months, although one of our favourite times to visit is during the autumn when there are fewer crowds and a stunning backdrop of colours in the forested parks and valleys with the spread of red and golden fall foliage. September is particularly special as salmon arrive from the Pacific Ocean and hundreds of bears wait patiently to meet them.

Helen, Canada Specialist
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