When is the best time to go to Canada?

When is the best time to go to Canada? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Canada, the weather is good everywhere in July and August
  • The best months to go to Ottawa are May, June, July, August and September
  • On average, the warmest months in Ottawa are July and August, and the coldest months are January and February
  • The rainiest months in this city are January, April, May, June, July, August, October and December
  • Niagara Falls (Ontario) is the city with the best climate, with good weather 6 months a year
  • August is the best month for swimming in Halifax

Annual weather in Canada

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Canada for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January -20°F to 47°F
0 to 17 days*
February -22°F to 45°F
0 to 13 days*
March -18°F to 49°F
0 to 17 days*
April -4°F to 54°F
0 to 14 days*
May 16°F to 65°F
1 to 12 days*
June 32°F to 74°F
1 to 12 days*
July 40°F to 83°F
0 to 11 days*
August 36°F to 81°F
1 to 13 days*
September 27°F to 74°F
2 to 14 days*
October 13°F to 61°F
1 to 16 days*
November -5°F to 50°F
1 to 18 days*
December -14°F to 47°F
0 to 15 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Canada by cities

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The best months to go to Ottawa are may, june, july, august and september.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park

No month is ideal for visiting Banff National Park



The best months to go to Calgary are july and august.

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Temperatures and rainfall in Canada

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Canada and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Ottawa, Banff National Park, Calgary, Halifax and Jasper National Park, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Canada

Find out when Canada has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Canada

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December. The number of visitors to Canada is high in: June, July, August and September.

  • Very low season in Canada: February, March and November.
  • Low season in Canada: January, April, May, October and December.
  • High season in Canada: June and September.
  • Peak season in Canada: July and August.

Figure: Visitor index for Canada month by month

Average price for flights to Canada

A return flight between New York City and Toronto (Ontario) is generally cheaper if you go in october ($ 212 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 42 more for your airline ticket to Toronto (Ontario) if you go in august.

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Where to go in Canada?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Banff National Park20°F18°F25°F31°F43°F54°F61°F61°F50°F34°F23°F16°F
Jasper National Park20°F20°F32°F41°F54°F59°F67°F67°F58°F41°F25°F16°F
Quebec City18°F22°F31°F43°F61°F70°F76°F74°F67°F52°F38°F25°F
Thunder Bay18°F18°F31°F41°F56°F65°F72°F72°F63°F49°F36°F23°F
Toronto (Ontario)31°F31°F40°F50°F61°F72°F79°F79°F74°F59°F47°F36°F
Vancouver (British Columbia)43°F43°F47°F52°F59°F65°F72°F72°F67°F56°F47°F41°F
Whitehorse (Yukon)14°F18°F25°F38°F56°F65°F68°F63°F52°F38°F20°F14°F
Winnipeg (Manitoba)14°F14°F31°F47°F63°F74°F79°F79°F70°F52°F34°F18°F
Lake Louise22°F22°F29°F34°F49°F58°F65°F65°F54°F38°F25°F18°F
Niagara Falls (Ontario)31°F32°F41°F52°F65°F74°F79°F79°F74°F61°F49°F38°F


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Is this weather information for Canada reliable?

Climate data for Canada has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Canada allows us to determine the average for each month in Ottawa, Banff National Park, Calgary, Halifax, Jasper National Park, Quebec City, Thunder Bay, Toronto (Ontario), and 89 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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