Given the size of Canada, it's no wonder that there are significant climate differences across the country. If you know what it's like Montreal in the winter, don't expect the same conditions in Vancouver.
Vancouver weather in February is warming up - and especially mild compared to the rest of Canada. You may even see some early blossoms. February continues to have a fair amount of precipitation, so be sure to dress for the weather.
- February average high: 7ºC / 45ºF
- February average low: 1ºC / 34ºF
Be prepared for rain on any given day in Vancouver in February; but don't let the rain discourage you - there's plenty to do in Vancouver on a rainy day.
What to Pack
- Warm, waterproof clothing; sweaters, hoodies, light jackets, heavier jacket
- Hat, scarf, mitts or gloves
- Closed-toe shoes; waterproof boots or other footwear
What's Great about Vancouver in February
You don't have to contend with snow in Vancouver. It rarely snows. Rain? Now, that's another story.
Though snow is rare in Vancouver, the surrounding region is bursting with snow. Whistler / Blackcomb is two hours away, but much closer are Grouse Mountain and Cypress Ski Resort. February ski conditions, especially in Whistler are pretty reliably great.
Towards the end of February, tulips will be poking through the ground and other signs of spring.
What's Not So Great about Vancouver in February
If you're planning to ski or hit other attractions, February can be busy, especially on Presidents' Day and Family Day, which is celebrated on different days in B.C. and in the rest of the country but means busy slopes on both weekends. In addition, Canadian universities often have their reading week break towards the end of the month.
Where To Stay in Vancouver
Hotels to suit a wide range of budgets are available by the thousands in Metro Vancouver. The downtown core offers most of the major hotel chains. February is not as busy as the summer months, but booking ahead is smart, especially on weekend of Family Day. See the 10 Most Popular Vancouver Hotels.
A great option for families is Rosellen Suites, which is beside Stanley Park and has apartment-style accommodation, with an eat-in kitchen. There is no pool but guests receive a free pass to the Vancouver Aquatic Centre.
What's Going On?
- The second Monday of February is Family Day in British Columbia.
- Ski season at Whistler / Blackcomb is underway
- Despite February rain, there's plenty of things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day.
- University students fill up ski resorts during the university / college "Reading Week."
- Dine Out Vancouver, end of January / February: Participating restaurants offer special three course dinner menus, giving visitors a chance to sample the best of local cuisine at an exceptional price.
- PuSh International Performing Arts Festival: Each January / February, the Festival showcases contemporary work that is visionary, genre-bending, and original.
- Do something for Valentine's Day
- Hot Chocolate Festival
- Ice Skate at Robson Square
- The second Monday of February is Family Day in BC
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers a host of Chinese New Year celebrations.
- Chinese New Year parade, Held on the first Sunday of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Vancouver's Chinatown.
- Talking Stick Festival, celebration of Aboriginal performance and art.
- Chutzpah Festival, International showcase of Jewish performing arts.