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Canada in March starts waking up from freezer-like temperatures, ushering in warmer days ahead. Though still cold, a spring-like promise hangs in the air. Those looking to try snow sports like skiing or snowboarding can still enjoy the powder rush in the Rockies. However, milder temperatures and thawing conditions make coastal British Columbia a better tourist spot. Whether it’s skiing, hiking, or whale watching, a trip to Canada in March offers a well-rounded holiday experience.

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Canada weather in March

A park bench covered in snow during early Springtime in Canadian Rockies in Canada in March.
Canada in March is waking up to warmer temperatures. However, it is still chilly and you can expect snow in places like the Rockies.

There’s little doubt Canada in March is chilly, with temperatures averaging 3°C or 37°F. You can also expect to see a lot of snow. Coastal areas such as Vancouver sees warmer temperatures in March, with average highs of 10°C (50°F) and lows of 4°C (39°F). Places in eastern Canada such as Quebec City have an average maximum of 1°C (34°F) and see minimum temperature of -7°C (19°F). Calgary, which lies in the western side of Canada, has a maximum temperature of 5°C (34°F) and minimum of 4°C (39°F). As the month progresses, early spring weather kicks in with lovely sunshine and longer daylight hours.

For a detailed overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Canada.

Weather in Canada in March - Rainfall and Temperatures

FebMarApr
Avg Daily (°C)049
Avg Nightly (°C)-5-25
Avg Daily (°F)324049
Avg Nightly (°F)232941
Avg Rainfall (mm)404050

Why Visit Canada in March

A female traveler sitting on red canoe with Northern Lights over the Spirit island on Maligne Lake in Canada.
Chase the majestic Northern Lights during your trip to Canada in March.

From exploring the largest coastal temperate rainforest in Vancouver to the vibrant town of Bella Coola, visiting Canada in March is sure to fill your itinerary with lots to do. Here are some reasons as to why you should plan a trip to Canada during this month - 

  • Fewer crowds: The crowd in March is generally smaller than during the peak season. This means you get more opportunities to enjoy Canada’s attractions and nature.
  • Winter sports: Resorts in Quebec City, Alberta and the like remain open in March, so you can enjoy a plethora of winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and more.
  • Festivals: A great tourist attraction in March is the Snowking Winter Festival that runs throughout the month in Yellowknife. The festival organizers collaborate with the Chief Drygeese Territory in the Akaitcho region to create a snow castle that rivals Disneyland.
  • Northern lights: March is one of the most ideal months to chase the mesmerizing Northern Lights in Canada. The town of Churchill in Manitoba province and Yukon Territory are two of the best places to see the Northern Lights.  

Where to go and what to do

David Lam Park with blooming Cherry Blossoms in Canada in March.
Late March in Canada is a great time to witness the start of Cherry Blossoms season.
The interior of Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa, Canada.
Take a tour to Montreal and marvel at the Notre-Dame Basilica.

From venturing toward the Great Bear Rainforest in northwest of Vancouver to enjoying delightful Bannock in Belleville or downing a spicy Caesars in Calgary, you will have a plethora of fun things to do in Canada in March.

Take a tour of Quebec City to enjoy more than three hundred years of architecture, as some buildings date back to the 17th century. Visit Château Frontenac, a designated National Historic Site and a five-star hotel for the most delicious afternoon tea. If you’re looking for all the style and sophistication of Europe in a charming and friendly way, Quebec City in particular should not be missed. Also, make sure to visit Montreal, a UNESCO City of Design and the cultural capital of Canada. Take a tour of Notre-Dame Basilica, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal Botanical Garden and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Coastal British Columbia is also perfect for visiting in March, as the climate is milder than other parts of Canada. Visit Vancouver to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of festivals and events, such as the Vancouver International Dance Festival and the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

Head toward the Great Bear Rainforest, located northwest of Vancouver, to marvel at the sheer grandeur of the world's largest coastal temperate rainforest. Notably, this remarkable region is home to the enigmatic white Kermode bear, fondly known as the "spirit bear”. Set up camp in the vibrant town of Bella Coola, offering modern facilities and guided tours that pave the way into the heart of this mesmerizing rainforest. March is also an excellent time to go on a whale watching tour in Vancouver Island, off the Pacific coast.

If you’re planning to tour Toronto, try participating in one of the many maple syrup festivals that take place in March or travel to Labrador to witness floating icebergs down the coast. Head to Ontario in the last week of March to catch the start of the cherry blossom season.

What to bring

The March weather in Canada is pleasant but still chilly in the morning and at night, so you need layers. If you’re skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing, you’ll have all the kit — it’s possible to buy goggles and a hat on the slopes if you lose yours. In town, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

From skiing in the Rockies to sightseeing and nature walks in British Columbia, Canada in March promises both winter and spring activities. As the month advances, temperatures become warmer and days longer, opening up more opportunities for tours and activities.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out our tailor-made trip to Canada for a personalized holiday experience.

Published by Swechhya S, updated on December 21, 2023

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