Summer is the most popular time to visit Vancouver (and the rest of Canada, for that matter). Not only are people flocking by plane, train and car to this popular West Coast city, but cruise ship passengers are also settling down for a night or two. If you're planning to visit in July, the good news is the sunny, warm weather, but the downside is high travel rates and crowded hotels and tours.
Be sure to book well in advance.
July in Vancouver has the fewest rainy days, most hours of sunlight, moderate humidity and is warm and comfortable. The residents of Vancouver are in general an active bunch and in the summer, flock to the surrounding mountains and bodies of water for recreation and exercise.
July Weather in Vancouver is warm and comfortable and rarely scorching.
- Average July temperature: 17ºC / 63ºF
- July average high: 23ºC / 74ºF
- July average low: 12ºC / 54ºF
- July is the least rainy month in a city famous for its rain. Visitors can expect rain about 7 days out of 31 in July.
What to Pack for Vancouver in July
- Shorts; t-shirts; light-colored, long sleeve shirts; light, long pants; sandals; closed-toe shoes.
- Bug spray if you're heading out of the city.
- Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- A light jacket or shawl - evenings by water can be cooler than you think.
Vancouver in July Perks
- 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.
- Summertime is patio season - a nice way to wile away the day or evening. Try the Boat House in English Bay at sunset.
- Vancouver is surrounded by water. Plenty of beaches and bodies of water in which to cool off.
Vancouver in July Cons
- High season means higher travel prices, fuller than usual hotels and restaurants and possibly longer lineups at Vancouver's tourist attractions.
Good to Know about Vancouver in July
- July 1st is Canada Day - a national public holiday. In 2017, the festivities will be extra special as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. Banks and most stores will be closed.
- See more about the Public Holidays in Canada.
- Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, June - Sept: Enjoy Shakespeare against a natural backdrop of sea, sky and mountains.
- Festival Of Contemporary Dance
- Vancouver Pride Season, end of June – beginning of August
- Celebration of Light, end of July - early Aug.
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Family Friendly Highlights
- Stanley Park has much to offer kids, from kiddie driving lessons to a farmyard to a free waterpark.