Allan Fotheringham once called Vancouver the Canadian city with the best climate and the worst weather. His comment refers to the year-round moderate temperatures contrasted by dull skies, fog, and sometimes seemingly endless rains that prevails on this west coast city for much of the year.
One thing is certain though: the weather at any time in Vancouver is unpredictable. Though this may make packing difficult for tourists, consider yourself informed and bring layers and rain-resistant wear for any month, including September.
September will likely show off some of Vancouver's best weather—mild and clear; however, wet, dull, and gray is another possibility.
- Average September temperature: 14.4ºC/58ºF
- September average high: 18.3ºC/65ºF
- September average low: 10ºC/50ºF
- September is not so rainy in a city famous for its rain. Expect rain about 7 to 9 days out of 30 in September.
See more about weather in Canada.
What to Pack
Consider when you are packing that Vancouver is a laid back city, more partial to socks and sandals than high heels and stockings. Residents are generally an active bunch that dress in sportswear.
- Warm, waterproof clothing; lighter clothing; closed-toe shoes, sandals.
- Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen (be optimistic)
- Sweaters, jacket—evenings by water can be cooler than you think.
- Summer-like weather often stretches through September.
- Fewer tourists mean travel bargains through airlines and hotels.
Good to Know
- The first Monday of September is the Labor Day holiday. Banks and most stores will be closed. Expect crowds.
- Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, May/June-end of Sept: Enjoy Shakespeare against a natural backdrop of sea, sky, and mountains.
- Vancouver Fringe Festival, new and innovative theater.
- Vancouver International Film Festival, September-October
- The Word on the Street Festival: An exceptional array of current and back-listed books and magazines to browse or buy.
Highlights for Kids
- Stanley Park has much to offer kids from kiddie driving lessons to a farmyard to a free waterpark.