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Best time of year to visit Vancouver

The best time to visit Vancouver is mild spring and pleasant autumn. During balmy spring months, the city starts to bloom, and you can get suitable accommodation for a song! Spring is also for numerous events like Vancouver Sun Run or Cloverdale Rodeo. June to August in Vancouver is the busiest time but perfect for swimming, tanning, and sightseeing. Hotel prices go up so book your accommodation in advance.
September is the most outstanding month to stay in Vancouver when a lot of activities like boating, whale watching and rafting are available. Being gloomy and cold, snowy winter can nevertheless offer you an unforgettable experience of snowboarding or skiing on endless slopes of Whistler or Grouse Mount.

23 THINGS TO DO IN VANCOUVER (JULY 01 - JULY 10)

Grizzly Bear Watching

Grizzly Bear Watching

mid-May–October • nature

Take a close look at grizzly black bears in the mountains

Rocky Mountaineer Train

Rocky Mountaineer Train

April–October • activity

This is more than just a train!

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

March–October • activity

A truly unforgettable marine experience is guaranteed with the many varieties of whales to be found

Night Markets

Night Markets

May–September • activity

During the summer period, you can spend Friday evenings at the night market. This is not only for shopping but also lots of fun and great food!

Hiking around Vancouver

Hiking around Vancouver

May–late October • activity

Vancouver's amazing variety of landscapes, gorgeous views, and wildlife provide some of the best hiking opportunities for everyone!

Kayaking

Kayaking

April–October • activity

Enjoy a perfect day or two on kayak, surrounded by gorgeous nature and an amazing variety of wildlife

Boating

Boating

March–October • activity

Enjoy Vancouver's coastline and other waterways! Don't miss the beauty of nature, wildlife watching, fishing opportunities, and adventurous boating. It's easy to find the perfect water activity for everyone here!

Canada Day

Canada Day

July 01 • event

Become a part of the largest celebration in Vancouver

Rafting

Rafting

April–October • activity

Some of North America's best rafting opportunities, thrilling moments, and stunning nature can be found near Vancouver

Car Free Day Vancouver

Car Free Day Vancouver

June 15–16, 2019 | July 07, 2019 • event

Promote a sustainable environment, active ways of transportation, and enjoy loud parties on the city's main streets

Seal Pups

Seal Pups

May–August • nature

If you have never seen seals before, British Columbia is a great viewing spot. Come in summer for the adorable pups!

Fishing

Fishing

January–mid-November • activity

Salmon is just one of many reasons to try fishing in British Columbia. Come and enjoy world class deep sea fishing together with river fishing

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

June–September • event

With a huge love of Shakespeare and the art of theatre in general, thousands of locals and people from all over the world come to enjoy summer night plays at the Bard Village

Beach Season

Beach Season

June–August • activity

Choose the perfect beach for you and enjoy the sun and water with no worries

Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

May–mid-September • activity

Catch the wind and enjoy the sun on an active summer vacation

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Cycling & Mountain Biking

April–October • activity

For those who adore cycling and biking, Vancouver has lots to offer—from peaceful city cycling to adventurous mountain trails and amazing bike parks

Othello Tunnels, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

Othello Tunnels, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

April–October • activity

See the legendary cliffs from 'First Blood', where Rambo was hanging above a raging river

Seafood Season

Seafood Season

May–September • food

If you are a seafood fan, late spring is the right time to visit the B.C. and Vancouver restaurants and enjoy a variety of sea fish dishes

Summer Fruits and Veggies

Summer Fruits and Veggies

July–September • food

Fresh local food is ready for you! Come and enjoy various food festivals and fresh farmers' markets

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

all year round • activity

Relish the birding experience in southern British Columbia

Golf

Golf

April–October • activity

Stunning views and plenty of gorgeous, pristine courses await you

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

June 21–July 01, 2019 • event

The largest music festival in British Columbia with 1800 artists and over half a million jazz fans

Mount Cheam

Mount Cheam

July–October • activity

A beautiful hike in Canadian Cascades with blooming wildflowers along the way

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Celebration of Light

Celebration of Light

July 27, 2019 | July 31, 2019 | August 03, 2019 • event

Don't miss one of the most spectacular sound and light events in the world!

Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights

November 22 2018–January 27 2019 • event

Want to have a magical Christmas evening? Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is the place to be!

Illuminares Lantern Festival

Illuminares Lantern Festival

July 27, 2019 • event

Enter the space of magical summer evenings. Check out the amazing lanterns of various shapes, parades, and performances awaiting you on the last Saturday of July

Grouse Mountain Light Walk

Grouse Mountain Light Walk

late November–late March • nature

Magical lights, figures, and various holiday installations adorn this special walk. Go straight to Blue Grouse Lake and marvel at the beauty and holiday spirit!

Vancouver Marathon

Vancouver Marathon

May 05, 2019 • event

Join one of the largest running events in Canada

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

October 14, 2019 • event

Being mainly a family holiday, Thanksgiving is a great time to taste traditional dishes and observe different customs

Shambhala Music Festival

Shambhala Music Festival

August 09–12, 2019 • event

Come and enjoy one of the largest electronic music festivals in Canada

Polar Bear Swim

Polar Bear Swim

January 01 • event

Want to try something extraordinary on the first day of the New Year?

Bald Eagle Count

Bald Eagle Count

early January | 3rd weekend of November • activity

Thousands of bald eagles can be observed near the lakesides. You can even volunteer and take part in the huge counting expedition

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)

September 26–October 11, 2019 • event

One of the biggest film festivals in North America

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

July 19–21, 2019 • event

Dive into the world of music and relaxation in Jericho Beach Park

Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

May 17–20, 2019 • event

This huge Country Fair with its amazing Rodeo shows attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year

Carol Ships Parade of Lights

Carol Ships Parade of Lights

December 01–23, 2018 • event

Charming lights captivate the city during the festive season. The waterways around Vancouver also have attractions to show

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

April 04–27, 2019 • event

A festival of natural beauty, arts, crafts, and cultural diversity. Enjoy the fragrances and views of amazing cherry trees blooming and lots of various events

Vancouver Fashion Week

Vancouver Fashion Week

March 18–24, 2019 • event

Sensational selection of designers is awaiting you at the second largest fashion week across North America

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

June 21–23, 2019 • event

Enjoy this traditional Chinese celebration of the summer solstice with dragon boat racing

Alaskan King Crab Season

Alaskan King Crab Season

March • food

Once a year you can try some of the biggest and tastiest crab around! Don't miss your chance

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

December–February • activity

Spend a nice winter evening having fun at the skating rink

Blooming Season

Blooming Season

late March–May • nature

Come and enjoy blooming season at Vancouver's parks and gardens

UBC Apple Festival

UBC Apple Festival

October 19–20, 2019 • event

Check out the huge variety of tasty, fresh apples, cider, and apple pies that await you at this festival!

Vancouver Sun Run

Vancouver Sun Run

April 20, 2019 • event

Take part in one of the largest runs in the world

Diving

Diving

mid-November–February • activity

Diving in cold waters offers no fewer attractions than in the tropics. You can find lots of marine life, beautiful corals, and a real adventure finding treasure among the shipwrecks

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing & Snowboarding

November–late April • activity

Charming nature, jaw-dropping views, and world class slopes and trails can be found skiing around Vancouver

Game Meats, Pacific Oysters and Sea Urchin

Game Meats, Pacific Oysters and Sea Urchin

October–February • food

Late autumn and winter bring game meats and tasty seafood on the table. Choose your favourite!

Gastown Grand Prix

Gastown Grand Prix

July 10, 2019 • event

Witness one of the most popular single day races and its long and rich history

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

December–March • activity

Enjoy nature in winter and explore unbeaten paths

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

November 21–December 24, 2018 • event

An Old World tradition that has become a favourite for locals

Seasons Festival

Seasons Festival

March 28–April 01, 2018 • event

A mix of music, technology and new media art

Fright Nights

Fright Nights

October 05–31, 2018 • event

Western Canada’s scariest haunt at Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)

VanDusen Festival of Lights

VanDusen Festival of Lights

December 01 2018–January 06 2019 • event

One of Vancouver's best holiday lights displays

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

February 01–March 31, 2019 • event

An attraction to brighten up cold and dark winter months

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

December 02, 2018 • event

The largest Christmas Parade in Western Canada

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

April 09–May 11, 2018 • event

Breathtaking display of millions of flowers

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

late November–early January • event

Millions of twinkling lights bring a festive atmosphere to the city

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 08–10, 2019 • event

One of the biggest celebration in Canada

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

December–March • nature

With a bit of luck you can watch aurora borealis in Vancouver