What’s the best time to visit Vancouver?

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Hayley Bosch

As one of the most mild cities in Canada, Vancouver is amazing year round. With snowcapped mountains in the distance and the Strait of George at its feet, Hollywood North — the city is just behind Los Angeles and New York City in the film industry — is bursting at the seams with activities no matter what month you visit. Considering it’s latitude and connection to the Pacific Ocean, the water is absolutely frigid just about all the time, but that’s not to say it’s not gorgeous to admire from the seashore where, in the summer, the sun doesn’t set until about 9 p.m.

We love a good spring trip to Vancouver because the city really does have the best of both worlds. With the moderate climate in the bustling city and some of the best skiing known to mankind just a short drive away, the world is your oyster — well at least Vancouver and its outskirts. As you stroll through the blooming gardens of Stanley Park during a beautiful spring day, you’ll be more than comfortable with the days staying between 50 and 65 degrees, though March can be quite rainy. And if you venture up to Whistler Mountain (just an hour and a half north of the city), you’ll be more than pleased as you ski the slopes with the warm spring sun shining down on you making the 30-degree day much nicer.

Though spring in Vancouver is absolutely picturesque, the autumn months have plenty to offer as the waters are brimming with migrating whales. Whether you’re adventurous enough to embark on a kayak tour of the City of Glass or set out on a boat to search for whales, the city is filled with activities in the fall. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the weather tends to be similar to that of the springtime.

Sure, Vancouver is one of the warmest Canadian cities; but it has also been described as a city with the best climate and worst weather. Much like its southern neighbor, Seattle, the fall in Vancouver can be sunny and beautifully warm one week and the next, show off its dull and grey side. That being said, the winter tends to be pretty rainy. While it does snow a bit, it doesn’t stick around too long. If you’re looking for a snowy winter wonderland, head up to the mountains where the base depth is at least two feet and the average snowfall is more than 400 inches.

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