Canada in April Weather and Event Guide

Spring Bargains and Warming Weather

Field of tulips in Ottawa with the Parliament Buildings across the water
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April is a great time to get a travel bargain in Canada. Many hotels, airlines and tour companies offer savings in spring.

By April, spring's heels are firmly dug in in Vancouver and the west coast. Nevertheless, the ski season in Whistler is still going strong. Elsewhere in the country, the chill of winter is disappearing but weather can be unpredictable—be prepared for a variety of weather.

City-Specific Weather & Event Guides

April Weather in Canada

Average Temperature, Low / High

  • Vancouver, BC: 41 / 55ºFahrenheit (5 / 13ºCelsius)
  • Edmonton, AB: 27 / 48ºF, (-3 / 9ºC)
  • Yellowknife, NWT: 9 / 30ºF, (-13 / -1ºC)
  • Iqaluit, NU: -2 / 14ºF, (-19 / -10ºC)
  • Winnipeg, MB: 28 / 48ºF, (-3 / 9ºC)
  • Ottawa, ON: 37 / 54ºF, (3 / 15ºC)
  • Toronto, ON : 34 / 53ºF, (1 / 11ºC)
  • Montréal:, QC 34 / 52ºF, (1 / 11ºC)
  • Halifax, NS: 34 / 48ºF, (1 / 9ºC)
  • St. John's, NF: 30 / 41ºF, (-1 / 5ºC)

What to Wear

What you pack depends on where you are going in Canada.

  • Toronto in April: Coolish, but could be warm, or even snow, so lots of layers.
  • Vancouver in April: Pleasant and warmish. Layers, waterproof
  • Montreal in April: Basically same as Toronto

That said, useful items to pack for most Canadian destinations in April are:

  • A winter coat for everywhere except for Vancouver or Victoria is a safe bet.
  • Warm, water-resistant outer wear
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable closed-toe shoes and boots if you're going to be outside of the city.
  • A range of clothing, including t-shirts, sweaters, light pants, heavy slacks. Dressing in layers is a good idea.

April Perks

  • Loads of travel deals and discounts on popular tourist activities
  • Warmer weather opens up the possibility of more outdoor activity

April Cons

  • Snow melting and spring showers mean wet, muddy conditions
  • Weather is unpredictable, which is why dressing in layers is so advisable

Good to Know

  • Easter in Canada falls some time between March 22 and April 25, which may mean holiday closures.
  • Newfoundland observes St George's Day on the Monday nearest April 23. Check to see that any stores or offices you plan to visit are open.

April Highlights/Events