Vancouver in August

Weather, Pros, Cons, and Event Highlights

False Creek, West End, Sunset Beach, Vancouver
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Vancouver, British Columbia, is on the Pacific Coast of Canada and surrounded by mountains and water. August is one of the most popular times to visit Vancouver. So book early. The average temperature is warm, comforting, and rarely scorching at around 63 F for the month. And it's renowned for its extremely scenic location.

Vancouver is the third largest metropolitan area in Canada, after Toronto and Montreal. It has notably different weather conditions from much of the rest of the country; that includes Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, three of the country's other popular destinations.

August Weather in Vancouver

Visiting Vancouver in August is a wonderful experience as the city with all its natural beauty quite reliably has long warm, sunny days and less rain than any other month other than July. The afternoon highs average of 74 F. Expect lows of averaging 54 F. Visitors can expect rain about 11 days out of the month.

What to Pack

Since it's summer you can count on needing the usual summer gear like shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. But, since the temperatures can dip at night, you should bring long-sleeved shirts, long pants, closed-toed shoes, and rain gear. If you plan to visit the surrounding mountain areas, you should pack a light jacket or sweater.

Accessories to remember include an umbrella, sunglasses, sun visor or hat, and sunscreen. If you head out of the city, bring bug spray to ward off the mosquitoes.

Vancouver in August: Pros and Cons

August means festivals galore and lots of waterfront activities to enjoy. Also, summertime means that you can expect an electric, hopping atmosphere bustling with people, laughter, and camaraderie. You can take full advantage of Stanley Park, Vancouver's enormous urban park—full of activities for all ages.

August is a good time to head out to one of the many beaches in Vancouver. Or, if you prefer to skip the crowds, lines, and traffic, then find a patio and lounge in the splendid temperatures.

A disadvantage to traveling to Vancouver in August is that it is high season, so that means higher travel prices, fuller than usual hotels and restaurants, and longer lines at Vancouver's tourist attractions. Be sure to book ahead for hotels, transportation (including car rentals and ferries), restaurants, and tours. Get tickets online when possible. 

Good to Know

The first Monday of August is a public holiday in British Columbia, called B.C. Day. Most Canadian provinces observe a similar holiday on this date but call it something else. Banks and most stores will be closed. Expect crowds that weekend. Expect heavy traffic on major highways on the Friday and Monday of this weekend and potentially longer than usual lines at border crossings.

August Highlights and Events

  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, May-Sept: Enjoy Shakespeare against a natural backdrop of sea, sky, and mountains.
  • Vancouver Chinatown Festival is celebrated in August by more than 50,000 festival goers with street festival activities including a day market, “Historical and Food Tasting Walking tour," fun for kids, multicultural stage performances, and a talent show.
  • Abbotsford Air Show is designated as Canada’s national airshow and aviation festival. Since 1962, millions of spectators have watched some of the finest civilian and military aerobatic performances in the world.
  • Out on Screen Queer Film and Video Festival is held for 10 days in August and showcases films that illuminate transformative moments in the lives of queer, trans, and two-spirit people.
  • Celebration of Light, sponsored by Honda, is the longest-running off-shore fireworks festival in the world with outstanding food selections and musical entertainment for three days.
  • Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival, people of all stripes take to the streets for the Pride parade and festival in their finest and shiniest.

    Good for Kids

    • Pacific National Exhibition Fair, From August to September, there are a variety of concerts with folk and country music, agricultural exhibitions, and an amusement park.
    • Kerrisdale Days includes activities for the whole family including clowns, mimes, magicians, singers, and bands.