Canada, with its diverse landscapes and rich culture, offers something special in every season. Whether you’re into hiking, wildlife watching, or simply enjoying the beautiful scenery, here are the best times to visit this captivating country according to local experts, so take out your calendars and mark the time for maximum enjoyment.
Skiing and Winter Adventures
Although tourists might associate winter in Canada with the off-season, it’s the peak season for winter sports lovers. Deep snow and sunshine are greatest at this time in the Alberta Rockies, British Columbia or Quebec, making it the best season for skiing and winter adventures as well as ice skating and participating in other winter activities and winter festivals in the country.
Moreover, the aurora borealis becomes even more visible in the dark winter nights. For the best chances of seeing this splendid sight, schedule your trip sometime between late fall and late winter. The auroras are the strongest in this area and therefore one should travel further north. Book an Indigenous-led northern lights tour and get an understanding of this spectacular phenomenon.
Hiking Enthusiasts Take Note
Canada boasts the world’s longest recreational trail network, making it a haven for hiking enthusiasts. July and August offer ideal hiking conditions across the country, with no snow and warmer temperatures.
However, spring, from April to June, may bring more bugs and rainfall. If you’re keen to explore indigenous-led hikes, various organizations like Indigenous Tourism Alberta and Indigenous Tourism Quebec offer unique experiences.
A Delight for Wildlife Enthusiasts
Canada has large areas with different landscapes that support many species of wildlife. Between June and September, in northern Canada, you can see rare species such as beluga whales, narwhals, bears, and Arctic foxes. Visit the Arctic during summer and witness the vibrant activities there with plenty of daylight and food supply.
On the other hand, south Canadian wildlife is seasonally driven. Salmon swim from late August to late October attracting the black and grizzly bears, making it a spectacle worth watching.
Foliage and Autumn Splendor
Autumn in Canada is a breathtaking spectacle of vibrant foliage, bountiful harvests, and changing seasons. This is especially celebrated in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
In these provinces, you can experience the beauty of fall for up to two months during September and October. Via Rail’s journey from Quebec City to Montreal offers a picturesque ride through landscapes adorned with golden-hued trees.