November Weather in Vancouver - Get Used to the Rain
Allan Fotheringham once called Vancouver the Canadian city with the best climate and the worst weather. Snowfall is rare in winter, but rain is the norm - especially in November and December, Vancouver's rainiest months.
So what's the upside to visiting Vancouver in November? Well, November is not the most popular time to visit (July and August are), so travel rates are very competitive, as are hotel and tour prices.
Though temperatures have cooled off, they will by no means prevent you from taking part in the outdoor recreation that Vancouver and the area is famous for. Head to Stanley Park to walk around the seawall or or even visit one of the many Vancouver beaches (though the water is too cold for swimming).
At the beginning of November, visitors can catch the end of the autumn colours. There are several parks that are perfect for fall foliage viewing.
Towards the end of November, you will likely catch the start of the ski season, with nearby Grouse Mountain tending to open at this and Whistler / Blackcomb - about a two hour drive away - also launching its season.
Average November temperature: 7ºC / 45ºF
- November average high: 9ºC / 48ºF
- November average low: 3ºC / 37ºF
- Expect some amount of rain 20 days out of 30 days in November.
Don't let the rain discourage you - there's plenty to do in Vancouver on a rainy day.
What to Pack for Vancouver in November
- Warm, waterproof clothing; sweaters, hoodies, light jackets, heavier jacket
- Closed-toe shoes; boots
- Gloves, hat
Vancouver in November Perks
- Fewer tourists mean travel bargains through airlines and hotels.
- Despite November rain, there's plenty of things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day.
- Whistler / Blackcomb usually opens toward the end of the month.
- Grouse Mountain usually opens in November.
Vancouver in November Cons
Good to Know about Vancouver in November
- November 11, Remembrance Day is a general holiday in Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia. Banks, government buildings and many stores will be closed. If you're planning to go to a store or restaurant on the 11th, be sure to call ahead.
Vancouver in November Highlights
- Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl : Visit the studios of a wide range of artists, including glass blowers, painters, sculptors, jewellers, potters and more.
- Whistler Cornucopia: Wine tastings, elegant gourmet food events, celebrity chef seminars and parties.
- Hopscotch Festival: Celebration of scotch, whiskey and beer, including introductory courses, food pairing dinners, brewery tours, vintage whisky tastings and more.
- Rogers Santa Clause Parade: Date TBA. Route goes through downtown Vancouver and starts at 1 pm.