What’s the best time of year to travel to Vancouver? According to travel experts, Vancouver offers something for everyone at any time of the year. Book Vancouver flights for the winter if you’re a snowbird, or plan a Vancouver vacation during the summer months when the city is booming with festivals and outdoor carnivals. Some say Vancouver has the best Canadian weather, with warm summers and mild winters. The city rarely sees snow, rarely gets oppressively hot, but gets lots of rain. The mountains and ski resorts are so close to the city that you really can golf and ski on the same day.January is the coolest month with temperatures ranging from the low 30s (Fahrenheit) to low 40s. July and August are the warmest months with temperatures reaching the low 70s. Spring and fall temperatures are in the 60s.
Best Time to Fly to Vancouver
One of the best things about Vancouver is its year-round appeal to tourists. Whether you’re heading for the mountains, relaxing in the park or enjoying the city nightlife, there are plenty of things to do in Vancouver anytime of the year. Book Vancouver flights and hotel accommodations early in the season for the best rates.
Vancouver has two peak seasons. If you’re traveling to Vancouver during the summer months or mid-winter, make sure to plan your Vancouver flights and hotel accommodations early.
July through August is Vancouver’s peak season. Visitors start arriving in April and stay into the fall. If you’re planning your Vancouver trip for the peak season, book airline tickets to Vancouver early to get the best rates. Summer in the city means film, jazz, and folk festivals, the Molson Indy Vancouver, and the HSBC PowerSmart Celebration of Light fireworks competition so you can be sure the city will be bustling with things to do for tourists.
Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts arrive in mid-December, and the mountain’s peak season peak is January and February. Vancouver hotels and resorts book up fast so when booking your Vancouver flights, make sure to confirm your hotel rooms and ski passes.
Vancouver is particularly enjoyable during May and June and September and October. The weather is mild and there are few crowds. Cheap flights to Vancouver are commonly found during this time so travelers on a budget can get good rates on flights and accommodations. Early spring and late fall are also great times for whale watching.
Except for the ski areas, hotels in the winter are quiet and Vancouver's cultural scene is in full swing.
Getting around Vancouver
Vancouver’s public transportation system, TransLink, consists of an efficient and reliable network of electric trolley buses, SeaBus passenger ferries, buses, the SkyTrain elevated light-rail and West Coast Express trains. Save some money by buying a FareSaver book of ten tickets, which you can find at newsagents. You can also get a day pass for unlimited travel on buses, SkyTrains and SeaBuses. Don’t rent a car and save yourself the hassle of dealing with congested traffic. You can hail a taxi on the street if you need one, or you can pedal yourself around the city one of the 16 cycling routes covering 80 miles of Vancouver’s neighborhoods.