Canada in August Weather and Event Guide

Lake Moraine in Banff National Park
••• Lake Moraine in Banff National Park. Tobias Alt/Tobi 87/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

August is a great time to visit Canada, as you may notice when you are here with all the other travelers. Luckily Canada is an enormous country with plenty of room for everyone, but reservations for hotels, restaurants, transportation, tours and tourist outings are wise to make.

It makes perfect sense that Canada, with its wide array of outdoor activities like hiking, boating, camping, and fishing would be popular to visit in the summer. In addition to guests from around the globe, Canadians themselves take to their cars or hop on planes and trains to take a vacation on home turf while their kids are out of school for the summer.

For the most part, Canada in August is warm or hot and maybe humid depending on where you are. The more north you go, the less warm it is, but the vast majority of Canada's most popular destinations are in the southern part of the country, so chances are where you're going, you'll have warm, summery conditions. Evenings can still be cool, though, so as is always the case when coming to Canada, bring layers so you can adapt to ever-changing temperatures and climates.

Lots of festivals are going on in August, especially outdoor music and other cultural festivals. Just check the tourism website for any city or town you plan to visit and there will be something going on.

In 2017, in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Parks Canada is opening up its national parks, heritage sites, and marine conservation areas for free.

Just send away for a Discovery Pass, which is good for a family of up to seven people, and present it at any one of the 46 national parks or more than 170 historic sites operated by Parks Canadas.

August in Major Canadian Cities

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Average August Temperature (Low/High)

  • Vancouver, BC: 55 / 72ºFahrenheit (13 / 22ºCelsius)
  • Edmonton, AB: 46 / 72ºF, (8 / 22ºC)
  • Yellowknife, NWT: 50 / 64ºF, (10 / 18ºC)
  • Inukjuak, NU: 43 / 54ºF, (6 / 12ºC)
  • Winnipeg, MB: 54 / 77ºF, (12 / 25ºC)
  • Ottawa, ON: 54 / 77ºF, (14 / 25ºC)
  • Toronto, ON: 55 / 79ºF, (13 / 26ºC)
  • Montréal, QC: 54 / 77ºF, (14 / 25ºC)
  • Halifax, NS: 55 / 73ºF, (13 / 23ºC)
  • St. John's, NF: 51 / 68ºF, (11 / 20ºC)

August Perks

  • Warm summer weather means visitors can enjoy more of Canada's great outdoor offerings, such as camping and fishing.
  • Some of the most popular Canadian festivals and events are under way.
  • Take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days in Canada's northern territories: the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

August Cons

  • Summertime is popular for tourists; expect higher travel prices and more travelers.
  • Canada isn't always cold! August can see temperatures in the 30s Celsius (86+ Fahrenheit) and some destinations, including Toronto, are extremely humid.

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