Vancouver in January Weather and Event Guide

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January Weather in Vancouver

Being such a large country, Canada has a wide range of climates and temperatures. One mistake travellers may make is to assume they will encounter the same kind of weather in Vancouver as they would in, say, Toronto or Montreal. 

Vancouver - like Portland or Seattle - has a moderate, oceanside climate that is dry and warm in summer and rainy between October and March.


Snowfall is rare in winter, but some Vancouver winters have seen a lot of the white stuff. Rain is more the norm. November & December are Vancouver's rainiest months, but January continues to have significant precipitation, especially when compared to Eastern Canada. 

Miss the rain in the higher elevations, such as Squamish or Whistler. 

Once packed with the right gear for the weather, you can indulge in the many events that take place in Vancouver in January. 

  • Average January temperature: 3ºC / 37ºF
  • January average high: 5ºC / 41ºF
  • January average low: -1ºC / 29ºF

Be prepared for rain on any given day in Vancouver in January; but don't let the rain discourage you - there's plenty to do in Vancouver on a rainy day.

What to Pack for Vancouver in January:

  • Warm, waterproof clothing; sweaters, hoodies, light jackets, heavier jacket
  • Hat, scarf, mitts or gloves
  • Closed-toe shoes; boots
  • Gloves, hat
  • Umbrella

    Vancouver in January Perks:

    Vancouver in January Cons:

    • Rain

    Good to Know about Vancouver in January:

    • January 1st is New Year's Day and a statutory holiday across Canada where pretty much everything is closed.

      Vancouver in January Highlights:

      • Tourism Vancouver's Dine Out Vancouver™: Participating restaurants will offer special three course dinner menus to allow visitors to sample the best of local cuisine at an exceptional value. This is a major culinary event that takes place across the city. 
      • PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, January - February: Contemporary work that is visionary, genre-bending, and original. Info: 604.605.8284
      • Vancouver TheatreSports is a hilarious and edgy improv league that has its "Massacre" annual festival in January / February.
      • Chinese New Year Festival: A celebration of the Chinese New Year at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
      • Chinese New Year parade, Held on the first Sunday of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Vancouver's Chinatown. Info: 604.732.5003
      • Join a Vancouver Photowalk, which takes place every Monday from 10 am to 12 pm at Canada Place. Professional photographer guides you through taking photos of some of the city's most famous landmarks and vistas.