Are you planning a trip to Canada but you’re left wondering when is the best time to go? If so, the truth is that every season has something to offer, so it depends on what you would like to do when you are there, whether you prefer crowds or solitude, your budget, and which part of the country you’d like to visit. While the climate is very varied, the areas near the coast and the Great Lakes have much milder winters and cooler summers, making them an ideal choice for any time of year.
If you find this info useful, keep reading to find out more about the best time to visit Canada.
Avoid the crowds in the spring
If you visit Canada in the spring you’ll get the benefit of reduced rates, as spring is considered to be off-peak season. Furthermore, you won’t have to battle with hoards of other tourists at popular destinations and attractions, plus getting on tours such as the Niagara Falls Tour, a must-do activity for all visitors to Niagara, will prove to be much easier. So, if you’ve got a limited budget and you prefer to avoid the crowds, spring could prove to be a very good time to visit.
Join in the summer festivals
In Canada, the summer months of June to August are regarded as the peak tourist season. Warm days and cool nights make sightseeing and outdoor activities pleasurable, especially if you’re visiting Canada to sample some of its amazing hiking trails, or Rocky Mountain tours. Of course, during the peak season the prices go up accordingly to cope with the demand, and you may find it more difficult to get the accommodation you want unless you book in advance.
You’ll also find that summer in Canada means festival time, with many cities putting on spectacular shows, such as the Calgary Stampede, the Montreal Jazz Festival and Quebec’s Amnesia Rockfest. If you do decide to visit Canada in the summer, don’t forget your insect repellent, especially if you’re planning to go hiking or camping, or take part in any outdoor activities.
Take advantage of warm days and fall colors
Canada is stunning during the autumn, particularly if you love to admire the different colors of the fall foliage. What’s more, temperatures are still very pleasant for sightseeing and outdoor activities, and you’ll avoid much of the summer rush.
Some people would say that the fall is the best time to visit Canada, as the weather remains nice, and it’s also a great time to improve your photography skills due to the quality of the light and the stunning fall colors on show.
Enjoy the snow in winter
Winter in Canada means freezing cold temperatures over much of the country. From November to March the thermometer can drop as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius, with most of country experiencing snow. If you’re looking for an adrenaline packed winter holiday, with skiing, snowboarding and other snow-filled fun, then this is the ideal time to visit.
However, be aware that some tourist facilities are closed during the winter months, with the tourist infrastructure in Newfoundland and the Maritime Provinces shutting down completely between October and May.