While conditions vary significantly, snow typically begins in October/November and stays until March/April. Temperatures can range from 50°F (10°C) to -13°F (-25°C) or -31°F (-35°C), and dip even lower in the north. The west coast predominantly experiences rain throughout the winter, with only some periods of snow.
A time of tulips and cherry blossoms, traveling in the spring can be a great way to avoid the crowds. Keep in mind that light snow or rain can continue into May or June, so while temperatures typically sit around 50–68°F (10–20°C) you should pack accordingly.
From June to August, Canadian summers mean outdoor fun. With varying levels of humidity, temperatures range between 59–95°F (15–35°C). The far north is a bit cooler, but also boasts exceptionally long days at the height of summer.
Beloved across the country, fall offers refreshingly cool weather, around 41–59°F (5–15°C), and spectacular autumn foliage throughout September and October.
Can’t pick between summer and winter travel? Unless you have specific winter sports or activities in mind, Canada’s summer – with its long daylight hours and endless adventures – is an ideal time to visit.
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