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When to go to Canada? Weather, climate, activities… The best period by region


From Montreal to Vancouver via Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa and the Great Plains, Canada is a vast territory and a dream playground for adventurers. Our advice for choosing the right travel dates and destination, depending on the climate and the activities you want.

Due to its latitudinal extent, Canada has a wide variety of climates.

The northern two-thirds of the country experience very cold winters and short, cool summers.

The Interior Plains region has a continental climate, marked by relatively low precipitation, while Ontario and Quebec are characterized by hot and humid summers.

With the exception of the west coast, all of Canada experiences a winter season with average temperatures below 0°C and continuous snow cover.

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When is the best time to go to Quebec and Eastern Canada?

A region renowned for its immense natural spaces, its islands and for the hospitality of its inhabitants, Quebec is best visited between May and October.

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Eastern Canada experiences wet summers and snowy winters.

Ontario and Quebec enjoy a more continental climate than the coastal regions of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Winter temperatures can drop below -20°C while the mercury rises to 28°C in summer.

The period from May to October is the best time to discover the charms of this part of Canada, especially Quebec City, dominated by the imposing Château Frontenac and its long terrace overlooking the old town and the port.

Leaving the city to the south, you will arrive in Montreal, appreciated for its cultural vivacity and its lively nightlife.

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Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is Canada's largest city.

Multi-ethnic and rich in museums, it is the ideal starting point for visiting Niagara Falls.

Canada's federal capital, Ottawa occupies a panoramic position on the south shore of the Ottawa River.

The city center unfolds among the winding canals of the river and the surroundings of the city are characterized by the rural charm of old villages.

At the eastern end of Canada is St. John's, Canada's oldest city, with its colorful wooden houses rising from the harbour, giving it a quaint charm.

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When is the best time to go to Vancouver and the Pacific coast of Canada?

Between April and October, you can see orcas and humpback whales swimming off Vancouver Island.

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British Columbia is one of the warmest regions in Canada.

Summer temperatures can exceed 30°C in inland areas of the province while winters are cold, with temperatures sometimes reaching below -20°C.

The coastal regions have a more moderate climate, with summer highs of 25°C in Vancouver, where the thermometer rarely drops below 0°C in winter.

Late spring to early fall is the perfect time to experience this vibrant city where you can stroll among the towering trees of Stanley Park and visit the nation's largest aquarium.

Be sure to take a detour to Vancouver Island, home to Victoria, the provincial capital.

Surfing enthusiasts can indulge their passion in Tofino while nature lovers will prefer to venture into some of the oldest forests in the country.

Between April and October, you can even spot killer whales and humpback whales swimming off the island.

When is the best time to go to the Great Plains of Canada?

The period from April to October is ideal for discovering the national parks of the Great Plains, in particular Jasper National Park.

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The Great Plains cover areas of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and parts of Alberta.

In this vast territory with a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna, the climate is continental with sometimes extreme seasonal temperatures.

Benefiting from the best level of sunshine of all the provinces, Alberta experiences very hot summers, with highs that can exceed 30°C, and freezing winters during which temperatures drop to -25°C.

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The period from April to October is ideal for discovering the national parks of the State, with a preference for the months of September and October, when the magic of the Indian summer operates.

Starting in Banff National Park, you'll take breathtaking scenic drives past Lake Louise and the Athabasca Glacier to the town of Jasper.

Don't miss a visit to Edmonton, the capital of Alberta and one of Canada's greenest cities.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2022-05-15

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