When to Go in Canada

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When planning your trip to Canada, when to go should be the first decision you make. While there really isn't a bad time to go, different types of travelers prefer certain seasons for specific reasons.


Because Canada is so far north of the equator, its winters are generally fairly harsh, so spring isn't as warm as it is in parts of the United States. You should expect occasional flirtations with cold weather and light snow lingering in March and even into April, particularly the further north you go. Lows across the country in spring can average somewhere around 15 degrees Fahrenheit in the earlier months, and highs are around 65 degrees Fahrenheit in the later months. The further south you are and the closer you are to the oceans, the warmer it should be. However, grass can be muddy and flora can still be unattractive until the later half of April. Dress in layers, with an emphasis on sweaters and sweatshirts.


Summer is the most popular time for tourists to go sightseeing and participate in many activities Canada has to offer, so if you travel during the summer months, expect crowds. If you enjoy outdoor activities, summer is an optimal time, as the weather is rarely uncomfortably hot, yet it's warm enough to feel comfortable with t-shirts, shorts and just a light jacket on hand for the cooler nights. The further north you visit, the cooler it will be, but you can expect lows around 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit in early June and highs to be upwards of 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle of summer, but the temperatures are usually in the mid-70s. August is actually a cooler month than July on average. Rainfall is highest during the summer, so pack rain gear as well.


Canada begins to cool down during autumn, but outdoor activities like fishing, boating and hunting are still pleasant early on in the season, and the country's beautiful autumn foliage makes for an impressive sight. The tourist crowds die down at possibly their lowest levels, making it less of a hassle to visit tourist locations. Rainfall is higher during autumn than spring, so dressing in layers and packing a rain coat can help you be best prepared. Expect temperatures to be in the 50s to 60s during the earlier months and as low as the 20s and teens in November in many places.


Canadian winters are harsh, as bad as or worse than northern US states. However, this makes Canada a popular destination for winter sports activities, such as skiing and snowboarding. The further south you are, the less harsh the weather will be and the tourist spots may be less crowded than usual. Temperatures range from -20 degrees Fahrenheit to 30 degrees Fahrenheit on average, although locations like Vancouver may have temperatures in the 40s. Average snowfall across the country ranges from about 78 inches to well over 300 inches. Dress warmly, bring snow gear and pack long underwear to keep your body warm.

April 14, 2010 new by amymc
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