Warmer weather and longer days make June a lovely time to visit Vancouver. Summer has fully settled in, flowers are in bloom, and crowds are planted on the multitude of patios across the city to enjoy the warm, sunny days and cool, summer nights.
Vancouver is known for its number of fine restaurants, especially seafood and ethnic cuisines born from its Chinese, Indian, and Filipino communities. All summer long, dine out at oyster bars, dim sum restaurants, sushi bars, coffee shops, and even cheese and charcuterie shops.
Additionally, there are a variety of cultural events to enjoy throughout the season including the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.
Vancouver Weather in June
Located on the southwestern corner of Canada, Vancouver experiences summer earlier than most cities in the country. By June, the average temperature has climbed to 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), making it a great time to explore the many outdoor attractions, public parks, and nature trails or to enjoy al fresco dining at one of the city's many restaurants.
- Average high: 67 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius)
- Average low: 52 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius)
With an average temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), Vancouver is already experiencing some of its warmest weather. Fortunately, it's also relatively dry and sunny this time of year, and visitors can expect a little bit of rain on about eight days this month and around 16 hours of daylight per day.
What to Pack
Whether you're going on a day trip or for a longer stay, bring clothing for a wide range of temperatures, especially if you're planning to be near the water where breezes can be cool. Keep jackets, sweatshirts, and shawls handy, and don't forget a pair of long pants.
Vancouver residents tend to be laid back; if there is a "uniform," it's activewear, such as water-resistant clothing, shorts, T-shirts, and long-sleeved shirts.
Pack an umbrella, sunhat, and sunscreen, but you need bug spray only if you're heading out of the city as biting insects are not common to central Vancouver.
June Events in Vancouver
The city of Vancouver celebrates the arrival of warmer weather and the summer season with a variety of unique cultural events, festivals, and parties across the city. From Vancouver Beer Week to the International Jazz Festival, you'll have plenty of chances to experience the food, culture, and people of this unique Canadian city this June.
- Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival: From June through September, enjoy Shakespeare against a natural backdrop of sea, sky, and mountains. The 2019 season features "The Taming of the Shrew," "Shakespeare in Love," "All's Well That Ends Well," and "Coriolanus."
- Dragon Boat Festival: North America's biggest dragon boat festival is a sight to behold and features three days of free music, family-friendly activities, and world-class racing events.
- Vancouver International Jazz Festival: From the end of June to the beginning of July, this annual celebration features great Canadian and international jazz musicians performing in a range of styles.
- Vancouver International Children's Festival: Over the first week in June, this annual event comes to Granville Island and features six indoor theatre venues as well as an art activity village with entertainment for kids from toddlers to tweens.
- Breakout Festival: This annual event takes place in mid-June each year and is the city's only all-hip-hop music event, celebrating a variety of local and international talent in the genre over the course of three days of music.
June Travel Tips
- This month marks the beginning of the high tourist season for Vancouver, so book your flights and accommodations well in advance to avoid surge pricing—or missing out on your ideal travel itinerary or hotel stay.
- If you want to truly experience the best food the city has to offer, try Blue Water Cafe for seafood, Forage for local cuisine, and either Chambar or Hawksworth for an upscale dining experience.
- Vancouver is one of the driest cities in the country from June through September, so despite the occasional storm, you won't have to worry about the rain nearly as much this month, especially if you visit later in June.
- Since Vancouver is a relatively small city and the weather will be nice for walking, there's no need to rent a car unless you plan to leave the city.