Best time to visit Vancouver

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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.


Grizzly Bear Watching

mid-May–October • nature

Take a close look at grizzly black bears in the mountains

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!

Whale Watching

March–October • activity

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

Rocky Mountaineer Train

April–October • activity

This is more than just a train!

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!


April–October • activity

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


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!

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!


April–October • activity

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

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


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

Othello Tunnels, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

April–October • activity

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

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

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

Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

May–mid-September • activity

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

Beach Season

June–August • activity

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

Summer Fruits and Veggies

July–September • food

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


April–October • activity

Stunning views and plenty of gorgeous, pristine courses await you


all year round • activity

Relish the birding experience in southern British Columbia


Celebration of Light

August 04, 2018 • event

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

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

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

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

May 05, 2019 • event

Join one of the largest running events in Canada


October 14, 2019 • event

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

Canada Day

July 01 • event

Become a part of the largest celebration in Vancouver

Polar Bear Swim

January 01 • event

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

Shambhala Music Festival

August 10–13, 2018 • event

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

Car Free Day Vancouver

July 08, 2018 • event

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

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 Cherry Blossom Festival

April 05–29, 2018 • 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 International Film Festival (VIFF)

September 27–October 12, 2018 • event

One of the biggest film festivals in North America

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

July 12–14, 2019 • event

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

Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

May 18–21, 2018 • event

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

Vancouver Fashion Week

September 17–23, 2018 • event

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

Carol Ships Parade of Lights

every evening December 02–December 23 • event

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

Dragon Boat Festival

June 22–24, 2018 • event

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

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

Vancouver Sun Run

April 20, 2019 • event

Take part in one of the largest runs in the world

Blooming Season

late March–May • nature

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

UBC Apple Festival

October 13–14, 2018 • event

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

Ice Skating

December–February • activity

Spend a nice winter evening having fun at the skating rink

Gastown Grand Prix

July 10, 2019 • event

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


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


December–March • activity

Enjoy nature in winter and explore unbeaten paths

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!

Skiing & Snowboarding

November–late April • activity

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