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Climate and the best time to travel to Canada

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The best travel time For Canada depends on which region you want to visit. Canada is that second largest country in the world. Therefore, you have to look carefully if you want to find out the ideal travel time for your trip. Several climates in the country prompt me to take a closer look.

But when is the best time to visit Canada? If you don't feel like reading the whole article in a nutshell:

When is the best time to travel to Canada?

  • As the best travel time for Canada, the summer months are from June to September to October.
  • For the north of Canada, the optimal travel time is in the summer months of July and August. Summer is very short.
  • To the To ski you can find ideal conditions from November to March, in some regions of the Rocky Mountains even until May ("Spring Ski").
  • For polar bears in Churchill (Manoitoba) the season starts at the end of October. You can see the northern lights here all year round. But the months from September to March are ideal when it gets dark quite early.

Note: During the summer, popular spots in British Columbia and Alberta are completely crowded. Not only locals, but also Americans, Germans and other tourists populate the Icefields Parkway and the routes to Vancouver.

Hence my tip: Avoid the main travel season in July and August and travel to Canada in April or May. If you like skiing, you can still ski in the Rockies until May. Perfect for a road trip, right?

I was even in the March in Canada and took over a winter road trip from Calgary via Banff, the Icefields Parkway to Jasper to Edmonton. In Calgary it was mild that locals even walked around in shorts at temperatures of 13 degrees!

Weather by seasons in Canada

spring

Spring is ideal for nature lovers who love to observe wildlife. Perhaps by now you will see a grizzly bear that has ended its hibernation.

The days are long and unfortunately quite humid. It rains a lot.

summer

The most popular months for Canada are Summer months. Especially in the July and August are the Canadian Rockies an ideal travel destination to hike, Mountain biking and a lot of time in the nature to spend. Therefore, this region is extremely popular not only with locals, but also with tourists from all over the world.

The prices are high, the sights and hotspots are completely overcrowded (Peyto Lake, national parks in Banff and Jasper, Icefield Parkway)

The Canadian summer runs from June to October. The temperatures are then pleasant, the days quite dry. The months of July and August are the best time for a summer road trip. Only then are there a lot of tourists and you have to book rental cars and accommodation or mobile homes in good time. The prices for all that including flights are then also higher.

On the Icefields Parkway, it is now the case that this region is still very crowded until September and October.

  • The months of May and June are ideal for black bears and grizzly bears, when everything is in bloom and the bears wake up from their hibernation.
  • Months June to September ideal to be in Churchill (Hudson Bay) numerous white Beluga whales to sift. You will also come across one or the other polar bear chilling out in the flowery meadows. One or the other Grizzly you will surely meet here too.

autumn

Who doesn't dream of having once in a lifetime Indian summer to experience with the bright colors of the changing leaves of the trees? I like to travel to Canada in the fall. September and October are the days in the Canadian capital Ottawa still quite pleasant.

You can also use the Great Trail, who runs across Canada, go on great hikes. I was in the south of the Canadian Rockies to hike or ride a mountain bike.

Read my report here: Great Trail in British Columbia and Ottawa

It's already cold in the north. The first snow falls and polar bears gather on the coast in Churchill, waiting for Hudson Bay to freeze over.

  • The peak season for polar bears lasts about a month. Of Mid October to Mid November Most polar bears gather along Hudson Bay. Ideal place for this: Churchill in Manitoba. I was here in October. Every night we could see the northern lights. A special place and an unforgettable trip.

winter

The winter months in Canada are quite cold and dry. The thermometer sinks in British Columbia and Albertawhere the Rocky mountains are not infrequently at -30 ° C. However, I have to say that it is dry and cold. It doesn't feel as cold as it sounds, but a lot more pleasant and "warmer". Only when the wind comes up is the wind chill (felt cold) really at -30 ° C (or even below).

Winter in Canada is every skier's dream. The champagne powder is terrific. That fluffy snow is a real treat. I've already been to the Rockies twice and was able to experience this feeling under the board (in my case a snowboard).

Winter is also ideal for dog sledding, ice climbing or snowshoeing. The time is already set to summer time in March, it only gets dark after 8 p.m. So the days are quite long to experience a lot. I love the winters in Canada.

  • The ideal months are February and Marchif you want to experience the champagne powder. Starting points are then Calgary or Edmonton (There are direct flights to Edmonton via Amsterdam).
  • Generally the season goes from November to May. The months January and December are bitterly cold (too cold for me) to ski.

My articles about the winter Canada trips:

Climate by region

Western Canada

In western Canada, temperatures in July and August are between 15 and 22 degrees. Ideal for one or the other hike.

The best months are before or after the main tourist season in May, June, September and October. Unfortunately, from September it can also get very rainy. So pack clothes for all eventualities.

Vancouver

Vancouver is located in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. Due to the location on the Pacific Ocean, pleasant temperatures of around 22 degrees prevail here in summer. Even in winter it remains quite mild. Temperatures rarely drop below zero.

Eastern Canada

It is warmer in the east than on the west coast. The thermometer can also exceed the 30 degree mark.

Toronto, Montreal and Quebec

Summers in the big cities on the east coast are pleasantly warm. With temperatures around 20-30 degrees, the months of July and August are very popular with tourists. A heat wave can even bring up to 35 degrees with it. I too was in these cities during such a hot spell.

Since Montreal has an underground network of shopping streets due to the cold winters, you can also dive underground here in the hot summer.

It gets damp in spring and autumn. It rains often and the temperatures are milder and generally cooler.

moist and warm with temperatures between 20 and 29 ° C. In some cases, hot phases of up to 35 ° C are possible. Nevertheless, you have to expect rain all year round, whereby the precipitation in summer often patters down through violent and short thunderstorms.

Central Canada: Manitoba

The heart of Canada beats in the center in Manitoba. This is located along the Trans Canada Highway about 30 km east of Winnipeg "Center of Canada".

The province is divided into two sections: The Northern, which belongs to the subarctic climate zone with permafrost, and Southern Manitoba, with a humid continental climate zone.

  • Northern Manitoba: Long and extreme winters. Short and warm summers with little rainfall. At night, on winter days, temperatures can reach -40 ° C.
  • South Manitoba:

Would you like to spend the summer in Churchill and Winnipeg, experiencing the great outdoors? See beluga whales? Then the months June to September are ideal. The highest average temperatures are in July at 26 ° C, the coldest in January at -11 ° C.

However, it is often stormy in autumn and winter (I speak from experience). As soon as the wind comes up, the perceived cold is well below zero.

Note: According to Environment Canada, Manitoba has the clearest skies all year round. In the summer, Manitoba ranks second. Manitoba is the sunniest province in spring and winter. Would you have thought that

Alaska and Yukon

The days in summer are long. It gets dark very late and you can enjoy daylight activities for longer - if you want. The main season here is also in July and August. Lots of people are out and about and accommodations are often full. Booking in good time is necessary.

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