Canada is a place that transforms with the seasons. In Toronto, for example, temperatures in the winter months can go as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius (and lower), while temperatures also reach staggering 35 degrees Celsius highs every summer. In between, there are beautiful spring months where leaves start to grow, and the country is immersed in greenery. Meanwhile, the autumn months bring stunning changes in the leaves' colours, transforming the same greenery into a burnt orange haven. You will find a more temperate climate in the coastal regions of Canada, with more precipitation in areas next to mountains or large bodies of water, like the Great Lakes.
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December 21st marks the beginning of winter in Canada and lasts until March 19th. Winter is cold across the country. You will find milder temperatures in coastal cities like Vancouver (winter lows of approximately 4 degrees Celsius), and blistering cold in Northern territories and flatlands (lows of around -20 degrees Celsius). However, if you would like to enjoy sports like skating and skiing, you will want to visit Canada in the wintertime. You can also witness the beauty of the Northern Lights, a multi-coloured phenomenon that is worth bearing the cold for! Just because it's cold, doesn't mean that winter isn't the best time to visit Canada. If you are well prepared and bundled up, you can find a multitude of festivals and activities to fill your time during winter in Canada.
Significance: It is the holiday season for Canadians. Winterlude festival in Ottawa is worth a trip to the nation’s capital.
Temperature: Temperatures across the country vary due to its vast size and ranging latitude, but you can expect sub-zero temperatures across the country. In Vancouver (temperate zone), you can find temperatures as high as 4 degrees Celsius during the winter. In other areas like Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa, temperatures can drop below minus 25 degrees Celsius.
Weather: The weather is cold across Canada during this time.
Why you should visit now: Winter is the preferred time to visit Canada to experience the best in winter sports and festivals. Enjoy skating in scenic outdoor rinks across the country and visit our vast mountain ranges for the best in skiing. If you’ve never witnessed Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, you will have to check this natural phenomenon during the winter season in Canada. Winter is a great time to visit family and friends, as many Canadians take time off work for the holiday season.
Tips: Winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Canada. To get the most out of your winter experience, bundle up with the right outerwear and plan your trip well in advance.
Similarly, springtime (March 20th to June 20th) can be a bit chilly if you are visiting from a warmer country like India. April is known for its precipitation, so prepare for different types of weather to get the most from your Canadian spring vacation. In May, you will notice the warming weather along with beautiful flowers, leaves, and greenery blossoming in the environment. May is one of the best times to visit Canada because of warming weather coupled with lower prices relative to the popular summer season. June is similar, as it's still before peak season, and its days are the longest in the year. You can also access the northern parts of Canada during June to embark on the exploration of a lifetime through mountains, valleys, glaciers, and lakes.
Significance: It is a time of growth and new life in the environment. Celebrate spring with Canadians through festivals including the Canadian Tulip Festival (Ottawa), Cherry Blossom Festival (Vancouver), and the Annapolis Apple Blossom Festival (Nova Scotia). Take advantage of the season with the live events happening at these blossoming spectacles.
Temperature: Temperatures vary across the country due to its vast size and ranging latitude, but you can expect above zero temperatures across the country. In Vancouver (temperate zone), you can find temperatures as high as 12 degrees Celsius during the spring. In other areas like Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa, temperatures can drop below 0 degrees Celsius.
Weather: The weather begins cold and continues warming during spring.
Why you should visit now: Early spring is an off-season for Canadian tourism, so you will find great deals and lower prices for travel and accommodation. Festival season begins in spring with the blossoming of flowers, and the full transformation is complete by the end of the season.
Tips: Spring is often cold and wet in Canada. Be sure to layer up and grab an umbrella and sturdy rain boots to get the most out of your time in Canada.
Peak season in Canada is the summer months of July and August, and for a good reason. Travel across the country with relative ease to enjoy a wide-spanning array of activities. Unleash your inner cowboy at the Calgary Stampede in July, and then head to the Festival de Jazz de Montreal (Montreal Jazz Festival in July) in Quebec to hear the world's leading jazz musicians. For nature lovers, there are countless sites to visit and explore in the summer, with many activities to partake in and enjoy.
Significance: Canada's peak season is summer, and the entire country is bustling with festivals including Carnivale, Canadian National Exhibition, and Pride parade. All in Toronto, these grand celebrations are held throughout peak season, and they all offer great food too. Other notable festivals include the Pacific National Exhibition (Vancouver), Calgary Stampede (Calgary), Just for Laughs (Montreal) and the Celebration of Light (Vancouver).
Temperature: Temperatures vary across Canada due to its size and ranging latitude, but you can expect the warmest temperatures of the year throughout the country. Toronto sees temperatures ranging from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius, while more temperate zones like Vancouver will see smaller ranges and lower average temperatures around 18 to 27 degrees Celsius.
Weather: Across the country, it’s the warmest time of the year.
Why you should visit now: With the warmest weather, you will find all year, summer is the best time to visit Canada. You will find all the best attractions, national parks, hiking trails open to visitors, and you can explore to your heart’s content.
Tips: Canada’s peak season is summer. So if you are looking to avoid crowds, pick alternative destinations and smaller cities and towns. That way, you will save money, time, and get to create your own unique, Canadian experience.
Autumn in Canada (September to December) is a truly spectacular site; whether you are walking around a local town looking at its historic sites and buildings, or taking a stroll through a nearby forest, the leaves' colours will leave you breathless. From a luscious green, the foliage in the country goes through a complete transformation adding yellows, oranges, and reds you will not want to miss. Enjoy most outdoor activities with fewer crowds than in the summer and take in the beautiful scenery for a truly spectacular visit to Canada.
Significance: With the leaves changing colour, you can join Canadians and celebrate the changing seasons at a number of festivals and events. Visit the Tremblant Symphony of Colours (Quebec), Kitchener/Waterloo Oktoberfest, Niagara Grape & Wine Festival (St. Catherines) and the Celtics Colours International Festival (Nova Scotia).
Temperature: Temperatures vary across Canada due to its size and ranging latitude, but you can expect cooling temperatures throughout the season. In Toronto, temperatures average around 16 degrees in September 10 degrees in October, and 4 degrees in November. Other cities across the country see a similar pattern of cooling with varying ranges.
Weather: The weather is gradually cooling over the course of this season.
Why you should visit now: Early autumn is a great time to visit Canada for many reasons from its fall festivals to the fewer number of tourists at popular destinations. It's still warm enough to stop by the Niagara Falls, and you can explore the changing surrounding area at the Niagara gorge.
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