When to visit British Columbia

by SmarterTravel Staff

Although summer is still considered the true high season, winter is becoming popular among those who enjoy snow activities. This rise in tourism has made the shoulder seasons even more attractive to those looking to avoid crowds and save money.

  • high season: July to September, December to March
  • low season: November
  • shoulder season: April to June, October

Weather Information

July and August experience the warmest weather of the year, especially in the southern interior areas where temperatures often exceed 86 degrees. Coastal areas remain mild and pleasant, with an average high of 83 degrees in the summer. During the winter, snow is rare in Victoria and Vancouver. However, the interior areas typically experience freezing temperatures and regular snow during the ski season from December through March. Cold weather and rain throughout the province is common in November.

Crowd Information

Most tourists visit in July and August. July 1 through 4 is especially busy, as is Labor Day.

Closure Information

Seasonal destinations, such as a few smaller towns on Vancouver Island, only offer services from May to October.

When to Save

Visiting during the high seasons of summer or winter will greatly increase expenses. Visiting outside of these times will help save money.

When to Book

Book two or three months before the desired date of travel.

Information provided by Tourism British Columbia.

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