Most of Canada has a continental climate, although average winter and summer temperatures in Canada vary by location. Winter can be severe in many areas of the country, especially inland, which experience a continental climate. In these areas, daily average temperatures may be around -15 degrees Celsius, but may even drop below -40 degrees Celsius in strong winds. In offshore areas, snow can cover the land for almost six months of the year. Coastal British Columbia has a mild climate with a mild and rainy winter.

On the east and west coasts in summer, average temperatures are usually as low as 20 degrees Celsius, while inland, average summer temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, with occasional extreme heat in some areas exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.

The best time to visit Central and Southern Canada, where most places are located, is from late summer to early autumn (ie from late August to late September). This way you can avoid temperature extremes and you can enjoy calm and often sunny weather (so-called Indian summer, which sometimes lasts until October).

At the end of September, you can admire the spectacular colors of maple forests and other tree species. The period from late spring to early summer, ie from late May to late June, may also be fine. The warmest period (July - August) should not be completely avoided. Although sometimes it can be too hot, with occasional storms.

The worst period except winter (December to February) is possibly the period of snow melting. This may vary depending on the month of the year and area. It occurs around April in central and southern Canada: melting snow turns into mud and travel becomes difficult, at least outside the city.

In northern areas, summer is the only time when the temperature rises above the melting point, but traveling may be easier when all the land is frozen. In high latitudes, you can see white nights in June, while beyond the Arctic Circle the sun never sets longer or shorter, depending on latitude. At Easter, the vast northern territory is still frozen, but the days are long enough. In winter, especially in December, the days are very short.

Weather in Toronto

In the Great Lakes region, in the lowlands of southern Ontario and Quebec (Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec), the climate is still continental, but it is also humid and rainfall is around 1,000 mm per year, well distributed throughout the year.


Winter is cold, often freezing, characterized by dry and sunny days alternating with periods of bad weather and snowfall. Spring comes relatively late and is very cold. In summer, which is not long, rainy and cold days alternate with hot and sunny days, during which storms can break out in the afternoon.

In Toronto, the average temperature in January is -5.5 ° C, but the temperature drops below -20 ° C in a few days almost every year. Summer days in Toronto are usually warm and sometimes even hot with the possibility of storms, but it can also be cold and rainy days. July and August have an average temperature of 15-16 degrees. Near Toronto is Lake Ontario, which is very cold in winter, while in summer it is almost acceptable for swimming, at least for some people. It will reach 21 ° C in August.

Weather in Vancouver

The Pacific coast has an oceanic climate that is very different from the rest of the country. Winters are relatively mild but rainy. Usually the temperature is above freezing, although almost every year there can be several days of snow and frost. Summers are cold and quite sunny, although sometimes it can rain.


Vancouver is the only large city in Canada that does not freeze in winter. The average temperature is 4 ° C in January and 18 ° C in July. The climate is similar to London (although summer in Vancouver is sunnier). The sea in Vancouver and along the coast of British Columbia is always cold. It is warmest in July and August and it is only 14 degrees Celsius.

When to fly to Canada

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