The high season for travel is between Victoria Day in late May and Labour Day in early September. July and August tend to be especially crowded with cruise passengers waiting to catch ships heading through the Inside Passage to Alaska. Vancouver has very little humidity in summer, and the average high temperature is 72 degrees in July. Summer traditionally starts with the Dragon Boat Festival, spread over a weekend in mid-June. It’s the largest of its kind in North America, attracting more than 180 wildly imaginative boats and 100,000 spectators to False Creek.
Vancouver has been dubbed the “Hollywood of the North” for the many films shot around town. Meet directors, screenwriters, and actors from the year’s finest independent films at the Vancouver International Film Festival, held each September. October is another favorite month, bringing the brilliant turning of the leaves in Stanley Park.
Remarkably, Vancouver rarely dips below the freezing point in winter. Venture to town in late January and you can celebrate the Chinese New Year at the annual parade before making the two-hour drive up to Whistler to carve those perfect turns. Since winter is considered low season, hotel rates are reduced. Be forewarned, though, that winter is the rainy season in Vancouver, with an average of four inches of rainfall each month. Come April, the weather is so pleasant you could very well ski and golf on the same day.