Visiting Vancouver in August is a wonderful experience as the city with all its natural beauty is quite reliably in summer mode, with long warm, sunny days and less rain than any other month other than July. Weather is warm and comforting and rarely scorching.
Of course, you aren't the only one clued into this little slice of Vancouver climate heaven. August is one of the most popular times to visit Vancouver.
So book early and enjoy.
- Average August temperature: 17°C/63°F
- August average high: 23°C/74°F
- August average low: 12°C/54°F
- Evenings, especially in the surrounding mountains, can be cool, so it's best to pack a light jacket and sweater. Visitors can expect rain about 11 days out of 31 in August.
What to Pack
- Shorts; T-shirts; light-colored, long sleeve shirts; light, long pants; sandals; closed-toe shoes; rainwear.
- Bug spray if you're heading out of the city.
- Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Evenings, especially in the surrounding mountains, can be cool, so it's best to pack a light jacket and sweater.
- Festivals galore and lots of waterfront activities to enjoy.
- Summertime means the full throng of summer visitors has arrived; something is always going on in Vancouver in summer.
- Take full advantage of Stanley Park, Vancouver's enormous urban park.
- So many beaches in Vancouver.
- Summertime is patio season—a nice way to wile away the day or evening.
What's Not So Great
- High season means higher travel prices, fuller than usual hotels and restaurants and possibly longer lineups 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, B.C. Day. (Most Canadian provinces observe a similar holiday on this date but by a different name). Banks and most stores will be closed. Expect crowds that weekend.
- Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, May-Sept: Enjoy Shakespeare against a natural backdrop of sea, sky, and mountains.
- Vancouver Chinatown Festival
- Abbotsford Air Show
- Out on Screen Queer Film and Video Festival, 10 days in August
- Celebration of Light.
- Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival, August 6, 2017
- Festival Vancouver: A summer music festival featuring national and international artists performing orchestral, choral, world and chamber music, jazz and opera in more than 50 concerts. Various venues.
Highlights for Kids
- The Fair - Pacific National Exhibition, August-September: A variety of concerts, folk and country music, agricultural exhibitions and an amusement park highlight this family fair. Pacific National Exhibition Grounds at Hastings Park.
- Kerrisdale Days, August: Celebrate Kerrisdale Days with activities for the whole family including clowns, mimes, magicians, singers and b, nds. Noon-4pm in the Kerrisdale business area.