As a Canadian, I’m often asked when is the best time to visit Canada.
Summer is the peak season for travel in Canada, because of the favourable weather. But Canada is a big country, so the real answer on the best time to travel to Canada depends on where you want to go and what you’d like to do.
Looking for winter adventures with pristine mountain scenery? Spring tulips as far as the eye can see? Fall foliage with some of the most brilliant colours you’ll see anywhere?
Check. Canada’s got it all. Jaw dropping natural scenery, dynamic multicultural cities and friendly people. Traveling in Canada is also good value given our lower dollar.
While I’ll admit that my favourite time for travel in Canada is the fall, there really are highlights throughout the year.
Here’s the low down on the best places in Canada to visit by month.
Ice Castle in Edmonton, Alberta
The start of the year is the best time to visit Canada if you’re ready to embrace all things winter. If you’re deciding when to go to Canada, you should know that January and February are the coldest months of the year, with temperatures in many regions, dropping at times to as low as -20 to -30 degrees Celsius.
You may also want to visit Edmonton, Alberta to see the incredible, Narnia-like ice castles, in place from early January to mid-March.
Québec Ice Hôtel
If the options above present too much winter for you, you may want to visit Toronto, Canada’s largest city. Here, you can still “do winter”, but there’s also a wide range of indoor activities. It’s not usually as cold in Toronto as the other spots. Plus, it may be the best time to visit Toronto if you’re watching your budget.
Toronto Skyline in Winter
For winter activities, head to Ontario Place on the city’s waterfront for a winter festival which includes skating, bonfires and stunning light exhibition. The most iconic place to skate in Toronto , where you can find skates to rent. with its Victorian buildings, cobblestones and cute shops.
You might be surprised that winter is one of the best times to visit Niagara Falls. Ice forms at the bottom of the falls and the mist coats everything in frost.