Canada's West Coast, including Vancouver, enjoys a rather different climate than the rest of the country, so weather in Vancouver is hardly comparable to other popular Canadian destinations, like, say, Toronto or Montreal. Vancouver is easily the warmest of Canada's major metropolitan centres. Even in winter, Vancouver rarely gets snow or temperatures below freezing.
The downside? Rain, especially in winter. Vancouver's foggy, wet weather begins to take grip in October, peaks December through March and starts to taper off in April. From October to March, it rains twice as much as it does from April to September in Vancouver. So, there's that.
Nevertheless, Vancouver residents are a hearty group and a little rain does not dampen their lust for the outdoors. Part of the city's charm are the laid back people who live there and their resilience to crummy weather (helped in part by the proper clothing).
If you are prepared to put up with some precipitation, then October is a great month to travel to Vancouver. If you think rain would be a major blight on your ability to have a good time, then summer may be your better choice.
October Weather in Vancouver Varies from Crisp and Sunny to Cool, Damp and Grey
Allan Fotheringham once called Vancouver the Canadian city with the best climate and the worst weather.
October, much like September, has the potential to show visitors great Vancouver weather - mild and clear; however, dull and grey is another possibility.
- Average October temperature: 10ºC / 50ºF
- October average high: 14ºC / 57ºF
- October average low: 6ºC / 43ºF
- It rains about half the days in the month of October.
- Fun statistic: It rained 28 out of 31 days in October 2016.
What to Pack for Vancouver in October
- Warm, waterproof clothing; sweaters, hoodies, light jackets, heavier jacket; closed-toe shoes; boots if heading out of the city.
- Vancouver residents dress casually and weather appropriate, which often means comfortable shoes and rain resistant wear.
- Sunhat, sunglasses (be optimistic), warm hat
What To Do on a Rainy Day
If you would like to escape Vancouver's rain, here is a list of museums, libraries, and other indoor venues where you can stay dry: Top 10 Things To Do in Vancouver on a Rainy Day.
Weather conditions can be quite different even just half an hour away. Maybe you want to get out of town on a rainy day. The surrounding region is full of interest and natural beauty: The 12 Best Vancouver Day Trips.
Vancouver in October Perks
- Fall foliage.
- Autumn celebrations, such as pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more.
- Fewer tourists mean travel bargains through airlines and hotels.
Good to Know about Vancouver in October
- The second Monday of October is Thanksgiving in Canada. Banks and most stores will be closed. Expect crowds that weekend.
- All of Canada celebrates Halloween on October 31. Kids trick or treat and costume parties abound.
Vancouver in October Highlights
- Check out the Vancity Buzz for October highlights including pumpkin festivals, Halloween events, food and drink and more.
- Vancouver International Film Festival, September - October
- Okanagan Fall Wine Festival: The Okanagan Valley is 312 miles east of Vancouver (about a 4 to 5 hour drive) or 125 miles north of the U.S. border in Washington State; it is one of Canada's biggest wine-producing areas.
- Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
- West Coast Chocolate Festival, Coquitlam BC (about 30 mins from downtown Vancouver).
- Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival