January is midwinter in British Columbia and the coldest month of the year. It's an ideal time to hit the slopes of the Rocky Mountains and Kootenay Rockies and within easy reach of Vancouver. The provincial capital is also a great destination for travelers interested in museums, galleries, and diverse food, as the climate is relatively mild in January. Read on for more information about traveling to British Columbia this month.
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February is midwinter in British Columbia, which means it's very cold and snowy in most of the province but milder on the coast and in the south. Skiers, snowboarders, and other winter sports enthusiasts are in luck as there's no shortage of downhill and cross-country snow areas to enjoy. It's also an ideal time to head north in search of the aurora borealis. Read on to learn more about traveling to British Columbia in February.
March is the beginning of spring in British Columbia, but conditions remain cold and snowy for much of the large province. The exception is along the coast: although still quite cold, the conditions are suitable for exploring the rainforests and for wildlife-watching, including bears and whales. Skiers and other snow sports enthusiasts will still find plenty to keep them busy this month. Read on for more information on traveling to British Columbia in March.
April is spring across British Columbia. While some inland and northern areas are still cold and snowy, many coastal and southern places are milder, with pleasant temperatures and longer days. Get active with hiking, kayaking, and wildlife spotting around the coast, or ride a long-distance train between Vancouver and the Rocky Mountains. There's plenty to see and do in British Columbia in April.
May is spring in British Columbia. With the snow mostly gone and the weather warmer, visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor activities before the summer crowds arrive. Hike in the provincial parks around Squamish, admire the blossoms in the Rocky Mountains, or dial the adventure up a few notches with whitewater rafting on rivers full of snowmelt. Here are a few ideas about what you can see and do in British Columbia in May.
Though June is the start of summer in British Columbia, it's still the shoulder season as the rush of summer crowds have yet to arrive. Enjoy pleasant temperatures, long days, music and culture festivals in the cities, and fantastic outdoor adventures in some more remote parts of Canada this month. Find out more about the best things to see and do in British Columbia in June.
July is midsummer in British Columbia, but aside from a few popular locales, there's not much of a tourist rush across the vast province. Head into the more remote areas to avoid those crowds, where you can learn about First Nations people, spot wildlife, hike and kayak in provincial and national parks, or relax in luxurious accommodations. Here are a few tips for visiting British Columbia in July.
August is midsummer in British Columbia and the perfect time to get out of doors and into nature. While a few towns are buzzy with tourists in August, most of the province isn't. Whether you want to learn about First Nations culture, kayak along the coast, or embark on an epic remote hike, August is a good time to do it in British Columbia. Read on for more information on traveling to the province.
September is autumn in British Columbia, with pleasant and still-summery weather in many parts of the province. A variety of festivals in Victoria, Vancouver, and Kelowna showcase some of British Columbia's finest culture and cuisine, making September a great month to visit. Read on to learn more.
October is fall in British Columbia and a quiet shoulder season for travelers. With mild weather in southern areas, though, there's no need to stay away from the province. Take a road trip along the coast to admire the views and spot wildlife, or inland to wine country during harvest season. There's a lot to see and do in British Columbia in October.
November is the end of fall and the start of winter in British Columbia. As the snow sports season kicks into gear, visitors can hit the slopes or the trails, or opt for other shoulder-month pursuits, like bird watching and attending food festivals. Find out more about visiting British Columbia in November below.
December's cold, frosty weather brings snow sports enthusiasts back to British Columbia for the busy winter season. Hit the slopes at popular mountain resorts throughout the province, especially in the Rocky Mountains and around Vancouver. Not into skiing? Check out the big city attractions of Vancouver instead, or watch the storms roll in on Vancouver Island. Here's what you can see, do, and experience in British Columbia in December.