Maclean’s Best Communities in Canada ranks 415 cities across the country based on 10 categories: Wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities and culture. While chilly Canadian winters can be a lot of fun (think ice-skating on frozen canals, skiing down snowy mountains, or watching the Northern Lights dance in the winter sky), not everyone is willing to brave the frigid temperatures of the Great White North.
There's a clear theme to the destinations on this list: most of them are located in Canada's westernmost province, British Columbia. Although BC is home to some of the best ski areas in the world, many of its coastal communities benefit from warmer temperatures and mild climates.
If you want to escape the cold but prefer not to get caught in the rain, check out Kelowna, British Columbia. In the summer, this is a popular destination for travelers: the weather is hot, and the lake is perfect for just about every water activity you can imagine.
If you've got your heart set on visiting Canada's beautiful East Coast in the winter, the warmest city to travel to is Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. Situated on the shores of the Atlantic, Halifax experiences milder winters than the province's inland towns and cities.
A side benefit of visiting Halifax in the winter is that all of its attractions are significantly less busy than in the touristy summer months. Located farther up on the east coast of VancouverIsland, this smaller city (population: approximately 26,000) is considered by many to be a hidden gem of the island.
If you're visiting Vancouver in the winter and are desperate for a break from the gray skies and rainy weather, keep your eye on the forecast in White Rock. Then, grab a long lunch at one of the many restaurants overlooking the ocean before heading back up to Vancouver.
White Rock is the perfect way to get a much-needed dose of vitamin D in the middle of winter. When it comes to weather, St. John's, Newfoundland, is known for a few different things: it is the #1 windiest, foggiest, and cloudiest city in Canada.
When you're ready to dry off, head to downtown St. John's and check out the local shops, stopping for a coffee or tea to warm up. You can easily fill a day exploring The Rooms, a stunning museum celebrating Newfoundland's rich history and impressive artists.
However, there are plenty of incredible indoor attractions all winter long, including cultural attractions (like the Royal Ontario Museum or the Art Gallery of Ontario) and professional sports games (namely, the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs). (Weather station: Esteban Point, Canada).
Please note that the discussion was closed to any additional postings as of Nov 1, 2016 and, as such, some information contained herein may be outdated and cannot be commented on by travelers at this time. VancouverIsland benefits greatly from being detached to the rest of the continent as it sees a much more temperate climate.
In fact, the west side of the island has the most annual rainfall of anywhere in North America. In return, the mountains protect the east side from harsh winds and weather and thus it is much warmer.
One can engage in sports all year round, such as fishing, hiking, golfing; but for things like swimming, plan on a summer vacation, and skiing for the winter. Summer brings plenty of sun and activities and is the top tourist season.
If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit VancouverIsland, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. The warmest time of year is generally mid August where highs are regularly around 64.8 °F (18.2 °C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 54.1 °F (12.3 °C) at night.
Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person. If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in VancouverIsland are July, August, and then May.
Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid July.
The best time to ski (if at all) in VancouverIsland is often around December 3rd when fresh powder is deepest. November’s average wind speed of around 11.2 knots (12.9 MPH or 20.8 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid November where average top sustained speeds reach 22.8 knots, which is considered a strong breeze.
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The busiest month for tourism in VancouverIsland, BC, Canada is June, followed by July and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance.
Most Popular Months to Visit Key Tourists Seeking Accommodations Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year.
Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 48.5 in December means 48.5% of the tourists vs. June. Spring (March through May) Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold.
Rain is very common with 8 to 14 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August) The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are brisk. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in VancouverIsland, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
It rains or snows a great amount: 9 to 19 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.