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Vancouver in May Weather and Event Guide


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May Weather in Vancouver

  • Average maximum daytime temp: 17ºC / 64ºF
  • The BC coast’s climate is the most moderate in Canada, but there is rain -- lots of it. In May, Vancouver has rain about 13 days out of 31.

What to Wear in Vancouver in May:

  • Warm, water-resistant outerwear
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable closed-toe shoes and water-resistant footwear, especially if you're going to be outside of the city.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen
  • A range of clothing, including t-shirts, sweaters, light pants, heavy slacks. Dressing in layers is a good idea. Daytimes can be warm, but evenings can still be chilly.

Vancouver in May Perks:

  • Warmer weather means visitors can enjoy more of Vancouver great outdoor offerings.
  • May in Vancouver is less rainy than average.
  • Springtime means the full throng of summer visitors has not yet arrived.
  • Spring ski season runs to the end of May at Whistler and other BC ski destinations.

Vancouver in May Cons:

Good to Know about Vancouver in May:

Victoria Day is a national holiday in Canada that falls on the Monday before May 25th. Government services, schools and banks will be closed.

Victoria Day weekend is a big travel holiday in Canada (commonly referred to as "May Two-Four Weekend"). Expect crowded highways on the Friday and Monday of this weekend and long lineups at border crossings.

Vancouver in May Highlights and Events:


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