Travel Tip Tuesday: Packing for Vancouver

Each Tuesday, Anywhere Anytime Journeys will bring you some useful tips for your upcoming travels. This week, our topic is packing for Vancouver.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is a clean, fresh, vibrant city on the ocean where everyone can discover something interesting to explore. Rich with culture, Vancouver’s multi-ethnic city centers — Chinatown, Little Italy and the Indo-Canadian marketplace — are just a few favorite haunts of visitors and residents alike. Walk on Sunset Beach after a stroll down Robson Street, with its fascinating shopping and cafes, or spend time on artsy Granville Island. Enjoy a pint of home-brewed ale from the local brewery. The island is easily accessible from Sunset Beach via a small foot-passenger ferry across the river. There’s lots to see and do, so you’ll want to be comfortable for sightseeing.


Vancouver’s winters are mild and wet – it rarely snows in this part of Canada except, of course, on the local ski hills. From November to February, temperatures average from 5° to 10° Celsius during the day (around 40° – 50° Fahrenheit). To stay cozy and dry, you’ll need warm clothes, a raincoat and an umbrella. Waterproof footwear is always a good idea. If you’re heading up into the mountains, make sure you bring your snow gear including hats, gloves and scarves.


The fresh spring air blows in early to our coastal city. By February or March, you’ll see early crocuses and daffodils popping up, quickly followed by an eruption of spring blossoms. Active locals suddenly emerge from hibernation, flooding the streets on bicycles, inline skates, and running shoes. Mornings and evenings can still be chilly, and there are still showers at this time of year, so pack light clothing that you can layer, along with a sweater or two, and a raincoat.


Vancouver enjoys warm, comfortable summers that are rarely scorching. June to August daytime temperatures linger just above 20° Celsius (70° Fahrenheit). Evenings, especially in the surrounding mountains, can be cool, so it’s best to pack a light jacket and sweater.


Autumn on the coast is very mild with summer-like weather often stretching into early October. Even if you enjoy a beautifully sunny day, mornings and evenings will be crisp, so make sure to pack something warmer. You’ll likely also encounter some rain, so if you’re spending time outside enjoying the fall foliage, make sure you pack a raincoat or umbrella.

[SOURCE: Tourism Vancouver]

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