The best times to visit Canada for ideal weather are

June 25th to September 9th

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 Canada

Temperature

Average temperatures in Canada vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 44th 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 Canada, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 72.1°F (22.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 51.8°F (11°C) at night.

Canada Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Canada 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.

Canada Perceived Temperature (F)

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Canada Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Canada 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 19.2 10.8 3.2
Feb 20.5 11.4 3.2
Mar 29.7 19.9 11
Apr 43.1 32.9 23.6
May 56.2 45.5 35.4
Jun 65.2 54.9 45.3
Jul 71.6 61.1 51.2
Aug 70 59.3 49.8
Sep 62.3 51.6 42.5
Oct 48.8 40.1 32.6
Nov 33.6 25.9 19
Dec 21.2 13.8 6.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -7.1 -11.8 -16
Feb -6.4 -11.4 -16
Mar -1.3 -6.7 -11.7
Apr 6.2 0.5 -4.7
May 13.4 7.5 1.9
Jun 18.4 12.7 7.4
Jul 22 16.2 10.7
Aug 21.1 15.2 9.9
Sep 16.8 10.9 5.8
Oct 9.3 4.5 0.3
Nov 0.9 -3.4 -7.2
Dec -6 -10.1 -13.9


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Canada are February, March, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early February. For example, on the week of February 5th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid June with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of June 18th.

When can you find snow in Canada? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Canada is often around around February 12th 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 Canada.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Canada (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 9% 9.6 1.3
Feb 8% 11.8 1
Mar 9% 12.3 1.2
Apr 10% 8.8 1.3
May 11% 4.3 1.5
Jun 15% 3.1 2
Jul 13% 3.5 1.9
Aug 12% 2.7 1.8
Sep 11% 2.4 1.6
Oct 12% 2.6 1.7
Nov 11% 3.3 1.6
Dec 11% 6.5 1.7

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 9 24.4 3.3
Feb 8 30 2.5
Mar 9 31.2 3
Apr 10 22.4 3.3
May 11 10.9 3.8
Jun 15 7.9 5.1
Jul 13 8.9 4.8
Aug 12 6.9 4.6
Sep 11 6.1 4.1
Oct 12 6.6 4.3
Nov 11 8.4 4.1
Dec 11 16.5 4.3

 

Humidity and Wind

Canada has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is May (56.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (72.4%).

Wind in Canada is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by November and April. January’s average wind speed of around 7.7 knots (8.8 MPH or 14.2 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 early to mid March where average top sustained speeds reach 14.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 7.7 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Feb 7.2 Gentle breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Mar 7.5 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Apr 7.6 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze
May 7.1 Gentle breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Jun 6.6 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Jul 6.2 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Aug 6.2 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Sep 6.9 Light breeze 12.9 Significant breeze
Oct 7.4 Gentle breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Nov 7.7 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Dec 7.4 Gentle breeze 13.4 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 68.6%
Feb 66.3%
Mar 61.8%
Apr 58%
May 56.9%
Jun 62.4%
Jul 63.8%
Aug 66.2%
Sep 66.3%
Oct 69.7%
Nov 71.9%
Dec 72.4%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Canada?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 14, 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 Canada is July, followed by August 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 Canada in November. 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 very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 49.7 in November means 49.7% of the tourists vs. July.



Overall Canada Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 60.9°F (16.1°C) and 21.6°F (-5.8°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 3 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

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

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 65°F (18.3°C) and 27.2°F (-2.7°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 3 to 4 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Canada to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 23°F (-5°C) and 17.6°F (-8°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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