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Best Time to Visit Western Canada

Categories: Canadian Travel


Western Canada, known for its beautiful four seasons, has plenty to offer for visitors year round. The natural beauty and countless activities make it the perfect destination to visit at any time of the year. From hiking in beautiful British Columbia, to sightseeing in Banff and ice-skating in Edmonton, there’s always something fun to do year round. It then comes as no surprise that Canada was rated as the #1 travel destination for 2017.

Whether you’re planning to visit Western Canada during the warm sunny days of the season or during the brisk cool months, this destination has many sights and activities to make your trip worthwhile!

If you’re considering visiting, but aren’t sure which season suits your lifestyle and travel needs, read our guide below.

Summer

A popular time to visit Western Canada is during the summer months, with the various outdoor activities calling your name. Whether you’re a casual explorer or an adrenaline junkie, summer in Western Canada is prime time for outdoor adventure. The wide range of popular outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family include hiking, camping and water sports. For thrill seeking adventures, consider white water rafting in Kicking Horse River or mountain biking in Whistler. For a more relaxed approach to water adventures, take a kayak and make your way through Yoko National Park and Lake Louise, or rent a houseboat in Shuswap Lake.

For some relaxing summer activities on land, head to Kelowna to tour gorgeous local wineries including Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Mission Hill and Quails Gate, or escape to Tofino for a quiet getaway. With so much to do, you’ll want to make sure you book your tours and activities well ahead, especially since the summer months are a high tourist season.

Fall

The rich orange and gold foliage during the fall season is a splendid time of year in Western Canada. For touring the sights, this season offers mild but slightly cool temperatures with fewer tourists, perfect for visiting otherwise crowded places. During this season, you can’t help but fall in love with the autumn beauty that surrounds you while you take part in fall inspired activities.

With fall colours in the air, you can see the changing leaves in action at Butchart Gardens in Victoria or go on a brisk hike on Grouse Mountain to see Vancouver’s breathtaking landscape. For additional breathtaking views, visit the Rocky Mountains, where you’ll see the glowing fall colours from every vantage point. As for activities, this season is a great time of year to go whale watching in Victoria or visit local farmland to celebrate the arrival of fall at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Calgary.

Winter

If you’re not afraid of some cooler weather, consider visiting Western Canada during the winter months, especially if you love winter sports. A highlight of of this region is the various snow sports available to you. Imagine spending the winter months skiing in Whistler, ice-skating in Calgary or snowshoeing in Jasper National Park. The cooler air and winter excursions in Western Canada will create a winter wonderland that is so scenic it will resemble a holiday greeting card.

Aside from active adventures, the winter also brings a time for storm watching on Vancouver Island or star gazing in Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, where you might catch the Northern Lights. During this season, there may not be as many activities as in the summer, but if you love snow and mountains, and don’t want to fight off crowds, a cozy winter vacation may be your perfect getaway.

Spring

A beautiful time to visit Western Canada is the spring, when you will see fewer tourists and experience a colorful and blooming environment. Springtime weather can be unpredictable; some days you’ll be greeted by sun, while others by rain. But don’t let that stop you – there are still plenty of activities and sights to take advantage of during this time of year. Spring is a time for growth and renewal, which you will certainly feel in the air.

For Spring activities, the Tulip Festival in Abbotsford is a popular sight to visit, as it takes you through fields of rich colorful tulips. Aside from the tulips, you will also come across gorgeous cherry blossom trees that fill the streets of Vancouver. For additional natural beauty, springtime is also a good time to go hiking or biking on trails that will have fewer tourists than usual, such as the trail at Joffre Lake or in Bow Valley. During this warmer weather, you can also experience spring hiking in Whistler, which also offers great discounts on accommodation and lift tickets.

Every Season is a Great Season

Whether you’re craving summer fun, lazy fall, a cozy winter, or some spring action, any season you experience in this western region will be more than worthwhile. If you need more convincing, we have four excellent reasons why you should visit this magnificent part of the country. Before finalizing your travels for 2017, make sure to add this destination to the list. We hope you enjoy what this vast area of our country has to offer!