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When is the best time to travel to Canada?

A visit to Canada is fabulous at any time of the year. Whether it’s your first or your fifth time visiting this spectacular country, there is always something new and different to see. Each season has its own festivals and delights, so time your visit right to suit your interests and weather preference.
To help you plan on when best to travel to Canada, here’s a breakdown by season:

Spring (Mid-March to May)

Venture to Canada at the start of the season as the snow starts to thaw and temperatures start to rise. At this time of year, Lake Louise is usually frozen, but still magical to see against the crisp white snow. End of April to May is the perfect time to spot wildlife, with bears and their cubs coming out of hibernation, whilst flowers are starting to bloom.

Head to the breathtaking Butchart Gardens for the spectacular tulip and floral displays. Be sure to bring layers including a hat and gloves as it can be chilly.  
Admire the tulips in Butchart Gardens, Canada

Summer (June to August)

Visit Canada in summer for the spectacular aqua blue and turquoise colour lakes, fabulous walks, outdoor pursuits and warmer temperatures ranging between 20-30 degrees Celsius. Go hiking in Banff National Park, enjoy a Float Trip along the Bow River or zip line over Whistler Valley.

Summer also marks festival season. Enjoy the annual Calgary Stampede held in July or Montreal’s International Jazz Festival.
Enjoy a float trip along the Bow River in Banff National Park during summer in Canada

Autumn (September to Mid-November)

A visit to Canada in autumn will reveal all the spectacular Fall colours as the leaves start to turn crimson reds and burnt oranges. This is also a great time for wildlife encounters. October and November are prime times to spot the Polar bears in Churchill, whilst grizzly and black bears can be seen hunting along the river banks as millions of Sockeye Salmon swim upriver to spawn. Temperatures are still warm, but starting to cool down, with less crowds.
Spot bears during autumn in Canada

Winter (Mid November to Mid March)

The coldest time to visit, but also one of the most magical, winter in Canada reveals festive delights. Go dogsledding, snowshoeing or ice skating on Lake Louise, and explore the Christmas markets in Banff and Vancouver. Spot the Polar Bears in Churchill, view the spectacular Aurora Borealis and enjoy the Grotto Canyon Icewalk in Banff to see the frozen waterfalls.

Of course, nothing could be more magical than spending Christmas in the Canadian Rockies. Wake up on Christmas morning in the spectacular Fairmont Banff or Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel for a sumptuous Christmas feast with all the trimmings. 
Stay at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs during winter

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