Vancouver in September Weather and Event Guide

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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.
  • Umbrella
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen (be optimistic)
  • Sweaters, jacket—evenings by water can be cooler than you think.

Perks

  • Summer-like weather often stretches through September.

Cons

  • 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.

    Cultural Highlights

    Highlights for Kids

    • Stanley Park has much to offer kids from kiddie driving lessons to a farmyard to a free waterpark.