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Best Times to Visit Vancouver

The best times to visit Vancouver are from March to May and from September to November when the weather is mild and hotel rooms can be found at bargain rates. Summer is the most popular time thanks to the promise of warmer weather; however, if you're planning a trip then, make sure to reserve your hotel room at least two or three weeks in advance. If you're a winter sports fanatic, then don't let the biting temperatures deter you: This city makes a great home base for skiers and snowboarders looking to challenge the powder at Grouse Mountain or nearby Whistler.

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March-May

Spring comes early in Vancouver, making this season one of the best times to travel. As temperatures begin to rise (averaging in the 50s and 60s), the city starts to bloom. Residents like to kayak in English Bay, stroll through flower beds in Stanley Park and take part in the numerous special events held throughout town. Plus, this is the time to nab deals on hotel rooms before the summer tourists start flooding in.

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June-August

Summer marks the high season, with travelers flocking to the city from all over North America to enjoy the exciting outdoor activities and numerous special events. And although temperatures only reach the low 70s on average, Vancouverites don their swimsuits and head to Kitsilano Beach at English Bay. The only real downside to a summer visit: hotel prices. To accommodate the number of tourists and cruisers (Vancouver is a busy cruise port), hotels tend to significantly up their rates. Book at least several weeks early to ensure both availability and a reasonable price.

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September-November

Autumn is another pleasant period for Vancouver tourism. Although the hordes of summer travelers have already headed back home and temperatures have fallen into the 60s and 50s (sometimes even the 40s), the city has yet to go into hibernation. Vancouverites continue to frequent Stanley Park's walking paths (now littered with red and orange leaves), and the beaches of Kitsilano and Point Grey. Hotel rates also start to plummet around this time — a definite perk for bargain-hunters.

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December-February

If winter sports are your main motivation, Vancouver makes a great home base. Colder weather draws thousands of powder hounds to the nearby slopes. But for those of you looking to see the city, now is probably not the best time. Although hotel prices are at their lowest during the winter, temperatures in the 30s and 40s, as well as frequent rain showers, can put a damper on your trip.

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