The best time to visit canada
The best time to visit Canada is during the fall months, from September through November. The weather has cooled down but is still comfortable, the summer crowds have left, prices drop, and changing fall foliage provides a beautiful backdrop for a vacation. Also, fall celebrations such as pumpkin, apple, and wine festivals are in full swing and give visitors a chance to visit slightly out of the way farms and orchards.
Generally, the summer months are the most popular time to visit, but no matter when you choose to travel to Canada there will be some advantages (perhaps cheaper flights and hotels, fewer crowds) and some disadvantages (cold weather, fewer hotel options).
The Weather in Canada
Don’t assume all of Canada has the same weather. For example, Vancouver in winter rarely gets a lot of snow or sub-zero temperatures, whereas Montreal is freezing cold beginning in December, with multiple massive snowstorms throughout the winter season.
Winter usually spans December through February but can last well into April in some parts. Winters are cold and long through much of the country, except for the coastline of British Columbia. Elsewhere, such as Eastern Canada, below-zero temperatures and snowstorms with snowfall greater than 8 inches are not uncommon.
- Winter usually spans December through February but can last well into April in some parts. Winters are cold and long through much of the country, except for the coastline of British Columbia.
- spring arrives by the end of February, ringing in the last of the freezing temperatures. Snowfall can continue at the higher elevations, especially at ski resorts like Banff or Whistler, through May.
- By June, summer’s arrived, bringing with it high humidity and hot weather, especially in the central and eastern parts of the country.
Fall weather throughout Canada showcases cooler temperatures and less humidity than the hotter days of the summer months.
Key Events and Festivals
- Canada’s sheer size and diversity mean that the country hosts unique and lively holidays and festivals throughout the year.
- Some popular events include the Québec Winter Carnival, a two-and-a-half-week long celebration of winter; Winterlude, held in Ottawa, where guests can skate along the world’s largest ice skating rink; and Calgary Stampede, a rodeo that got its start as a quaint agricultural fair and now draws in competitors from around the world.
- On the West Coast, don’t miss the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, a celebration of the more than 20,000 whales that migrate along Canada’s coastline each year.
Events to check out:
- Each year, Toronto hosts Winterlicious, a restaurant festival where some of the city’s best chefs serve affordable prix-fixe menus(JANUARY)
- Québec’s Winter Carnival runs for 17 days through February. Since 1894, locals and visitors alike have flocked to celebrate the area’s cold, snowy winters.
- Spring arrives earlier along the West Coast, and Vancouver holds its annual cherry blossom festival each year in March.
- Every April, Toronto hosts Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival. The celebration of more than 100 documentaries is North America’s largest festival of its kind.
From the source: trip savvy
Published by- Antika