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.
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
Know where in Canada you're going? Check out more detailed Canadian city weather and event guides:
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)
- 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.
- 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.
Good to Know
- Average temperatures in Canadian provinces vary widely from hot, humid weather to rainy to cool. Be sure to check the weather by Canadian city and province.
- Find out about Canadian money, where to exchange currency, using ATMs, typical prices in Canada, and more.
- The first Monday of August is a civic holiday in most Canadian provinces. The August long weekend means banks and most stores will be closed. Expect crowds that weekend and use caution on the highways.
- Reservations are recommended for acccommodation, transportation (planes, trains, ferries, rental cars), and tours.
- The Stratford Festival (Theatre), May - October: Stratford, Ontario
- The Shaw Festival (Theatre), April - November: Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Canada's National Ukrainian Festival, early August: Dauphin, Manitoba
- Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, July to August: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Folkorama: Winnipeg
- Banff Summer Arts Festival, May through August: Banff, Alberta
- Afrikadey!: Calgary, Alberta
- St. Stephen Chocolate Fest: St. Stephen, New Brunswick
- Atlantic Theatre Festival: Wolfville, Nova Scotia