Canada’s weather patterns are fairly consistent across the country with cold winters and warm summers pretty much everywhere. There are some regional variations however, for example you’re likely to find more rain and snow in mountainous areas, whilst coastal regions are generally more temperate than the prairies. In terms of the best time to visit, Canada really is a year-round country.
The sunny, warm days of the summer months are perennially popular with visitors. You can really take advantage of the great outdoors with fabulous opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing and wildlife viewing. Previously inaccessible due to the snow, northerly regions like Yukon also open up for travellers in the summer.
Springtime, from April until June, is a great time to see the country with the return of wildflowers and wildlife from winter hibernation. The ski season in the Rockies is at its best in during this period, whilst whale watching on the Atlantic coast is superb with the opportunity to spot humpbacks, minkes and belugas. Autumn sees Canada at its most scenic with gorgeous fall colours and temperatures that aren’t too cold. For those looking to witness the drama of the salmon run this exciting natural event starts in September.
November through March is marked by very cold weather, especially in the first few months of the New Year. That said, if you can handle the cold, Canada’s winter season is a lively time with numerous festivals and sporting events to enjoy, including the famous Quebec Winter Carnival. This is also your opportunity to observe the mesmerising Northern Lights.