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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.

25 THINGS TO DO IN VANCOUVER (JULY 20 - JULY 29)

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

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!

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!

Rafting

Rafting

April–October • activity

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

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

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

Beach Season

Beach Season

June–August • activity

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

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

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

Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

May–mid-September • activity

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

Golf

Golf

April–October • activity

Stunning views and plenty of gorgeous, pristine courses await you

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

all year round • activity

Relish the birding experience in southern British Columbia

Landslide Lake

Landslide Lake

June–September • nature

One of the best hikes on Vancouver Island

Skookumchuck Narrows

Skookumchuck Narrows

all year round • nature

Enjoy one of the greatest natural spectacles of British Columbia

Lake Lovely Water

Lake Lovely Water

mid-July–October (could be mid-June–November) • nature

A stunning alpine lake surrounded by the Tantalus Mountain Range

Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

late April–early October • nature

Hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking destination

Mount Cheam

Mount Cheam

July–October • activity

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

Mt Albert Edward

Mt Albert Edward

late June–early October • activity

Discover beautiful mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island

45 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Celebration of Light

Celebration of Light

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 2019–January 26 2020 • event

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

Illuminares Lantern Festival

Illuminares Lantern Festival

July 28, 2018 • 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

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

April 02–26, 2020 • 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

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!

Polar Bear Swim

Polar Bear Swim

January 01 • event

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

Canada Day

Canada Day

July 01 • event

Become a part of the largest celebration in Vancouver

Vancouver Marathon

Vancouver Marathon

May 03, 2020 • 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

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

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

Shambhala Music Festival

Shambhala Music Festival

August 09–12, 2019 • event

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

Carol Ships Parade of Lights

Carol Ships Parade of Lights

December 04–23, 2019 • event

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

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

Car Free Day Vancouver

Car Free Day Vancouver

June 20–21, 2020 | July 12, 2020 • event

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

Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

May 15–18, 2020 • event

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

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

December–March • nature

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

Carnaval Del Sol

Carnaval Del Sol

July 06–07, 2019 • event

The biggest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest

Vancouver Fashion Week

Vancouver Fashion Week

October 07–13, 2019 • event

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

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

June 19–July 01, 2020 • event

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

Crankworx Whistler

Crankworx Whistler

August 09–18, 2019 • event

A massive celebration of elite-level mountain biking

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

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

June 19–21, 2020 • event

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

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

February 01–March 31, 2019 • event

An attraction to brighten up cold and dark winter months

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

Blooming Season

Blooming Season

late March–May • nature

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

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

November 20–December 24, 2019 • event

An Old World tradition that has become a favourite for locals

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

April 09–May 11, 2018 • event

Breathtaking display of millions of flowers

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

December–February • activity

Spend a nice winter evening having fun at the skating rink

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!

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 18, 2020 • event

Take part in one of the largest runs in the world

Gastown Grand Prix

Gastown Grand Prix

July 15, 2020 • event

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

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

Seasons Festival

Seasons Festival

March 28–April 01, 2018 • event

A mix of music, technology and new media art

Fright Nights

Fright Nights

October 04–31, 2019 • event

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

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

December 01, 2019 • event

The largest Christmas Parade in Western Canada

St. Patrick's Day Week

St. Patrick's Day Week

March 09–17, 2019 • event

Visit Western Canada's biggest Irish Festival

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

December–March • activity

Enjoy nature in winter and explore unbeaten paths

VanDusen Festival of Lights

VanDusen Festival of Lights

November 29 2019–January 05 2020 • event

One of Vancouver's best holiday lights displays

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 celebrations in Canada

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

May 03–05, 2019 • event

Early May is all about tacos, churros, and colorful Mexican traditions

Halloween in Vancouver

Halloween in Vancouver

late September–early November • event

October is filled with fun and fright in Greater Vancouver