The best times to visit British Columbia for ideal weather are

July 2nd to September 23rd

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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Weather in British Columbia

Temperature

Average temperatures in British Columbia vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 25th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit British Columbia, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid August where highs are regularly around 67.1°F (19.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 50.1°F (10.1°C) at night.

British Columbia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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British Columbia Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

British Columbia Perceived Temperature (F)

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British Columbia Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average British Columbia Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 40.2 34.9 29.8
Feb 42 35.6 29.9
Mar 44.4 37.8 31.3
Apr 49.3 42.1 35.1
May 56.3 48.3 40.6
Jun 60.2 52.5 45
Jul 64.8 56.6 48.8
Aug 65.4 57 49.5
Sep 61.9 53.7 46.5
Oct 53.4 46.9 41.2
Nov 44.7 39.2 34
Dec 39 33.9 29

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 4.6 1.6 -1.2
Feb 5.6 2 -1.2
Mar 6.9 3.2 -0.4
Apr 9.6 5.6 1.7
May 13.5 9.1 4.8
Jun 15.7 11.4 7.2
Jul 18.2 13.7 9.3
Aug 18.6 13.9 9.7
Sep 16.6 12.1 8.1
Oct 11.9 8.3 5.1
Nov 7.1 4 1.1
Dec 3.9 1.1 -1.7

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Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in British Columbia are July, May, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early June. For example, on the week of June 4th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid October with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of October 15th.

When can you find snow in British Columbia? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early to mid May. The best time to ski (if at all) in British Columbia is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in British Columbia.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in British Columbia (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 18% 9.1 2.2
Feb 16% 11.9 1.8
Mar 14% 11.8 1.5
Apr 13% 5.8 1.2
May 11% 7.8 1.2
Jun 11% 0 1.2
Jul 10% 0.6 1.4
Aug 12% 0.4 1.4
Sep 15% 0.4 1.8
Oct 20% 1.6 2.8
Nov 19% 2.1 2.3
Dec 17% 6.2 2.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 18 23.1 5.6
Feb 16 30.2 4.6
Mar 14 30 3.8
Apr 13 14.7 3
May 11 19.8 3
Jun 11 0 3
Jul 10 1.5 3.6
Aug 12 1 3.6
Sep 15 1 4.6
Oct 20 4.1 7.1
Nov 19 5.3 5.8
Dec 17 15.7 5.6

 

Humidity and Wind

British Columbia has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is April (70.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (84.5%).

Wind in British Columbia is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by November and March. January’s average wind speed of around 10 knots (11.5 MPH or 18.5 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid November where average top sustained speeds reach 19.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in British Columbia.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 10 Gentle breeze 16 Significant breeze
Feb 9.7 Gentle breeze 15.7 Significant breeze
Mar 9.8 Gentle breeze 16.9 Significant breeze
Apr 9.4 Gentle breeze 16 Significant breeze
May 8 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze
Jun 7.7 Gentle breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Jul 7.9 Gentle breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Aug 7.4 Gentle breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Sep 8 Gentle breeze 14.1 Significant breeze
Oct 9.2 Gentle breeze 15.8 Significant breeze
Nov 9.9 Gentle breeze 16.9 Significant breeze
Dec 9.7 Gentle breeze 15.9 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 84.5%
Feb 78.2%
Mar 74.1%
Apr 70.4%
May 71.5%
Jun 74.9%
Jul 77.2%
Aug 79.1%
Sep 78.7%
Oct 81%
Nov 81.7%
Dec 81.9%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to British Columbia?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 22, 2018 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Canada; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in British Columbia, Canada is July, followed by May and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit British Columbia in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 36.3 in December means 36.3% of the tourists vs. July.


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Overall British Columbia Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 59.5°F (15.3°C) and 41.3°F (5.2°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 3 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the least precipitation with 3 to 4 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in British Columbia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 64.5°F (18.1°C) and 41.9°F (5.5°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in British Columbia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 43.5°F (6.4°C) and 37.9°F (3.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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