What is the best time of year to visit Vancouver?

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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.



Celebration of LightUNCONFIRMEDlate July 2023 • Event

Don’t miss one of the most spectacular sound and light events in the world!Rocky Mountaineer TrainApril–October • Activity

This is more than just a train!Grizzly Bear Watchingmid-May–October • Nature

Take a close look at grizzly black bears in the mountainsWhale WatchingMarch–October • Activity

A truly unforgettable marine experience is guaranteed with the many varieties of whales to be foundNight MarketsMay–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!Hawaii CruisesApril–August • Activity

Be prepared for adventures when cruising the PacificCrankworx WhistlerJuly 21–30, 2023 • Event

A massive celebration of elite-level mountain bikingSeal PupsMay–August • Nature

If you have never seen seals before, British Columbia is a great viewing spot. Come in summer for the adorable pups!Hiking around VancouverMay–late October • Activity

Vancouver’s amazing variety of landscapes, gorgeous views, and wildlife provide some of the best hiking opportunities for everyone!KayakingApril–October • Activity

Enjoy a perfect day or two on kayak, surrounded by gorgeous nature and an amazing variety of wildlifePanorama Ridge HikeJuly–October • Activity

The perfect outlook on amazing Garibaldi Provincial ParkRaftingApril–October • Activity

Some of North America’s best rafting opportunities, thrilling moments, and stunning nature can be found near VancouverBoatingMarch–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!Othello Tunnels, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial ParkApril–October • Activity

See the legendary cliffs from ‘First Blood’, where Rambo was hanging above a raging riverBeach SeasonJune–August • Activity

Choose the perfect beach for you and enjoy the sun and water with no worriesBard on the Beach Shakespeare FestivalJune–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 VillageSkookumchuck Narrowsall year round • Nature

Enjoy one of the greatest natural spectacles of British ColumbiaSeafood SeasonMay–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 dishesCambie climbing treeall year round • Activity

Are you fit enough to climb a towering Canadian evergreen?Landslide LakeJune–September • Nature

One of the best hikes on Vancouver IslandFishingJanuary–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 fishingSummer Fruits and VeggiesJuly–September • Food

Fresh local food is ready for you! Come and enjoy various food festivals and fresh farmers’ marketsChilliwack Lake Provincial Parklate April–early October • Nature

Hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking destinationGolfApril–October • Activity

Stunning views and plenty of gorgeous, pristine courses await youWindsurfing & KiteboardingMay–mid-September • Activity

Catch the wind and enjoy the sun on an active summer vacationBirdwatchingall year round • Activity

Relish the birding experience in southern British ColumbiaLake Lovely Watermid-July–October (could be mid-June–November) • Nature

A stunning alpine lake surrounded by the Tantalus Mountain RangeCycling & Mountain BikingApril–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 parksSea Lion Pupsmid-May–July • Nature

Spy out amusing sea lions playing with pups at the coastal areas and islands of British ColumbiaMount CheamJuly–October • Activity

A beautiful hike in Canadian Cascades with blooming wildflowers along the wayMt Albert Edwardlate June–early October • Activity

Discover beautiful mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island


Northern LightsOUT OF RANGEDecember–March • Nature

With a bit of luck, you can watch aurora borealis in VancouverSalmon RunOUT OF RANGEearly to mid-October (the next dominant year is 2022) • Nature

Every four years, sometime in October, millions of migrating sockeye salmon paint the Adams River scarlet-redVancouver International Jazz FestivalOUT OF RANGEJune 23–July 2, 2023 • Event

The largest music festival in British Columbia with 1800 artists and over half a million jazz fansIlluminares Lantern FestivalOVERJuly 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 JulyVancouver Cherry Blossom FestivalOUT OF RANGEMarch 31–April 23, 2023 • 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 eventsCarol Ships Parade of LightsOUT OF RANGEDecember 3, 2022 • Event

Charming lights captivate the city during the festive season. The waterways around Vancouver also have attractions to showCanada DayOUT OF RANGEJuly 1 • Event

Become a part of the largest celebration in VancouverUBC Apple FestivalOUT OF RANGEOctober 18–19, 2023 • Event

Check out the huge variety of tasty, fresh apples, cider, and apple pies that await you at this festival!Cranberry HarvestOUT OF RANGElate September–early November • Activity

In the middle of fall, plain low-growing cranberry vines transform into exuberant red bogsCanyon LightsOUT OF RANGENovember 19, 2022–January 22, 2023 • Event

Want to have a magical Christmas evening? Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is the place to be!Vancouver Santa Claus ParadeON HOLDDecember 1, 2019 • Event

The largest Christmas Parade in Western CanadaShambhala Music FestivalOUT OF RANGEJuly 21–24, 2023 • Event

Come and enjoy one of the largest electronic music festivals in CanadaBald Eagle CountOUT OF RANGEearly 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 expeditionConcord’s New Year’s EveOUT OF RANGEDecember 31  • Event

Ring in the new year with numerous festive events in Vancouver city centerGrouse Mountain Light WalkOUT OF RANGENovember 25, 2022–January 2, 2023 • Event

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!Cloverdale Rodeo and Country FairUNCONFIRMEDmid-May 2023 • Event

This huge Country Fair with its amazing Rodeo shows attracts hundreds of thousands of people every yearVancouver MarathonOUT OF RANGEMay 7, 2023 • Event

Join one of the largest running events in CanadaVancouver Fashion WeekOUT OF RANGEApril 12–16, 2023 | October 16–22, 2023 • Event

Sensational selection of designers is awaiting you at the second largest fashion week across North AmericaVanDusen Festival of LightsOUT OF RANGENovember 25, 2022–January 2, 2023 • Event

One of Vancouver’s best holiday lights displaysPolar Bear SwimOUT OF RANGEJanuary 1 • Event

Want to try something extraordinary on the first day of the New Year?Vancouver Christmas MarketOUT OF RANGENovember 12–December 24, 2022 • Event

An Old World tradition that has become a favorite for localsVancouver Folk Music FestivalUNCONFIRMEDmid-July 2023 • Event

Dive into the world of music and relaxation in Jericho Beach ParkVancouver Folk Music FestivalUNCONFIRMEDmid-July 2023 • Event

Dive into the world of music and relaxation in Jericho Beach ParkDragon Boat FestivalOUT OF RANGEJune 23–25, 2023 • Event

Enjoy this traditional Chinese celebration of the summer solstice with dragon boat racingChristmas LightsOUT OF RANGEmid-November 2022–late January 2023 • Event

Millions of twinkling lights bring a festive atmosphere to the cityChinese New YearOUT OF RANGEJanuary 22, 2023 • Event

One of the biggest celebrations in CanadaSt. Patrick’s Day WeekOUT OF RANGEMarch 11–18, 2023 • Event

Visit Western Canada’s biggest Irish FestivalCarnaval Del SolOUT OF RANGEJuly 7–9, 2023 • Event

The biggest Latin festival in the Pacific NorthwestVancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)OUT OF RANGESeptember 28–October 8, 2023 • Event

One of the biggest film festivals in North AmericaVancouver Sun RunOUT OF RANGEApril 16, 2023 • Event

Take part in one of the largest runs in the worldAbbotsford AirshowOUT OF RANGEAugust 11–13, 2023 • Event

This three-day event will make you fall head over heals with air shows in generalBlooming SeasonOUT OF RANGElate March–May • Nature

Come and enjoy blooming season at Vancouver’s parks and gardensAlaskan King Crab SeasonOUT OF RANGEMarch • Food

Once a year you can try some of the biggest and tastiest crab around! Don’t miss your chanceCar Free Day VancouverOUT OF RANGESeptember 10, 18, 25, 2022 • Event

Promote a sustainable environment, active ways of transportation, and enjoy loud parties on the city’s main streetsThanksgivingOUT OF RANGEOctober 9, 2023 • Event

Being mainly a family holiday, Thanksgiving is a great time to taste traditional dishes and observe different customsVancouver Chinese Lantern FestivalON HOLDFebruary 1–March 31, 2019 • Event

An attraction to brighten up cold and dark winter monthsFAN EXPO VancouverOUT OF RANGEFebruary 18–20, 2023 • Event

A colorful cosplay event for all fans of pop culture entertainmentFright Nights at PlaylandOUT OF RANGEOctober 7–31, 2022 (on selected dates) • Event

Western Canada’s scariest haunt at Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)Boundary Bay AirshowOUT OF RANGEJuly 22, 2023 • Event

With free admission, the event still showcases some of the country’s finest aircraft aerobatics and static displaysGastown Grand PrixOUT OF RANGEJuly 12, 2023 • Event

Witness one of the most popular single day races and its long and rich historyHalloween in VancouverOUT OF RANGElate September–early November 2022 • Event

October is filled with fun and fright in Greater VancouverSkiing & SnowboardingOUT OF RANGENovember–late April • Activity

Charming nature, jaw-dropping views, and world class slopes and trails can be found skiing around VancouverAbbotsford Tulip FestivalOUT OF RANGE2020 (cancelled) • Event

Breathtaking display of millions of flowersGame Meats, Pacific Oysters, and Sea UrchinOUT OF RANGEOctober–February • Food

Late autumn and winter bring game meats and tasty seafood on the table. Choose your favourite!Ice SkatingOUT OF RANGEDecember–February • Activity

Spend a nice winter evening having fun at the skating rinkDivingOUT OF RANGEmid-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 shipwrecksCinco de MayoUNCONFIRMEDMay 5, 2023 • Event

Early May is all about tacos, churros, and colorful Mexican traditionsFall Colors in VancouverOUT OF RANGEmid-September–mid-November (best late October) • Event

The bustling seaport in the Lower Mainland is famous for its vibrant foliageSnowshoeingOUT OF RANGEDecember–March • Activity

Enjoy nature in winter and explore unbeaten pathsSeasons FestivalON HOLD2020 (postponed) • Event

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