July in Canada
July is a great time to visit Canada, as will be apparent by the throngs of other travellers there at the same time. 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 July 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.
The complete gamut of summer festivals, including Canada's biggest birthday party - Canada Day - is in full swing and the days are warm and long.
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.
The Discovery Pass usually sells for $136 CAD, which is about $104 US.
July in Major Canadian Cities
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Average July Temperature (Low / High)
- Vancouver, BC: 55 / 72ºFahrenheit (13 / 22ºCelsius)
- Edmonton, AB: 48 / 73ºF, (9 / 23ºC)
- Yellowknife, NWT: 54 / 70ºF, (12 / 21ºC)
- Inukjuak, NU: 41 / 55ºF, (5 / 13ºC)
- Winnipeg, MB: 55 / 79ºF, (13 / 26ºC)
- Ottawa, ON: 59 / 79ºF, (15 / 26ºC)
- Toronto, ON: 57 / 81ºF, (14 / 27ºC)
- Montréal:, QC: 59 / 79ºF, (15 / 26ºC)
- 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. July 1st is Canada Day, a celebration akin to July 4th in the U.S.
- 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 travellers.
- Canada isn't always cold! July can see temperatures is the 30s Celsius (86+ Fahrenheit) and some destinations, including Toronto are extremely humid.
- Last minute planning may be difficult so be adaptable. You might not get your first choice in camping spot or hotel reservation.
- Campsites fill up fast. Booking begins five months in advance of the date. Book with Parks Canada or with provincial websites (each province has a provincial parks system).
Good to Know
- Find out about Canadian money, where to exchange currency, using ATMs, typical prices in Canada, and more.
British Columbia Highlights / Events
- Merritt Mountain Music Festival, weekend in mid-July: Merritt, BC (about 4 hours northeast of Vancouver. Camping and country music.
Alberta, Saskatchewan, & Manitoba Highlights / Events
- Edmonton's Capital EX: Edmonton, Alberta
- Calgary Stampede: Calgary, Alberta
- Winnipeg Folk Festival: Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, July to August: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Ontario & Quebec Highlights / Events -
- The Stratford Festival (Theatre), May - October: Stratford, Ontario
- The Shaw Festival (Theatre), April - November: Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Québec City Summer Festival : Québec City, Quebec
Eastern Canada Highlights / Events
- New Brunswick Highland Games & Scottish Festival: Fredericton
- International Chamber Music Festival: Dalhousie, New Brunswick
- Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo: Halifax
- Atlantic Theatre Festival, July - September: Wolfville, Nova Scotia
- Gros Morne Theatre Festival, May to September: Newfoundland and Labrador