Vancouver Weather June Averages, Canada
What's the weather like in Vancouver in June
Even though it's six months into the year, it finally feels like Vancouver has broken from winter in June. The average temperature in Vancouver is up to 15°C, three degrees shy of the high in August. Average daytime temperatures are 19°C. The nights still cool down, falling to 11°C by early morning. Temperatures rarely fall below 9°C.
June is very similar to May with regards to rainfall totals. Average rainfall amounts in Vancouver in June are 60mm, with roughly 14 days of the month producing rain. The probability of precipitation falls to 21% by the end of the month.
Vancouver's northern latitude means the days become quite long in summer, and the longest day of the year is in mid-June. Days are 16 hours 15 minutes long at this point, and with decreasing clouds and rain that means you'll get an average of ten hours of sunshine per day in Vancouver. The chances of the clouds blocking out the sun are 48%.
The average relative humidity in Vancouver in June has bottomed out at 61% and will start climbing again going into July. The air is still quite comfortable despite all the rain thanks to the cooler temperatures.
June winds are light in Vancouver, averaging 3.7 mph during the month. Winds are mainly out of the south and west, with rare periods of winds coming out of the north and east.
Most people will still consider the average water temperature around Vancouver chilly at 13°C. Shallow beach areas may be slightly warmer during periods of sunshine.
Dress for warmer days and cooler nights while in Vancouver in June, and be prepared for periods of occasional rainstorms. You'll probably be quite comfortable in pants and a short-sleeve shirt or dress during the day, but you'll want a light jacket or sweater for night. Bring appropriate footwear if you plan on hiking. Check the Vancouver forecast before your trip for a more accurate picture of expected weather. Vancouver is a very casual city and rarely requires any dress more formal than business casual at the nicer restaurants and nightclubs.
Vancouver Hotels in June
The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Experience wonderful views of Coal Harbour at the luxurious four-star Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront. This towering Vancouver landmark has 442 spacious rooms with 36" TVs, free Wi-Fi, and comfortable bedding. What makes Pinnacle Harbourfront stand out is the amazing location. Guests are a five-minute walk from delicious harbourfront restaurants and even closer to the Convention Centre and Poole Plaza. The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront has an expansive business center with large meeting rooms, an indoor pool, jacuzzi, and fitness center. Even with all of the other amazing dining options nearby, you may want to stay in for dinner at the P2B Bistro & Bar for creative Canadian & American cuisine, or try them out for breakfast and lunch.
Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre
Recent renovations have made the Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre hotel a new visitor favorite near Shaughnessy and Granville Island. The new rooms feature modern décor, large desks, minifridges, and cozy chairs. All hotel guests have access to the business centre, indoor pool, and fitness centre. The Stages Bistro & Lounge's new menu features delicious West Coast cuisine where kids 12 and under eat free. The hotel's location gives you convenient access to Vancouver airport, the Pacific Central Train Station, and the Broadway SkyTrain station where you can launch your explorations of downtown Vancouver.
Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver
The three-star Hampton Inn Downtown Vancouver gives you one of the best deals in Vancouver. The hotel is located on Robson Street in the popular Yaletown district, home of swanky bars and restaurants. Standard rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators, and comfortable Cloud Nine beds while the suites are equipped with full kitchens. The Hampton Inn offers loaner bicycles to guests and also complimentary shuttle service to other downtown areas. Pop up to the enclosed top level in the evenings to take in the city views, dip in the jacuzzi, play some games, or workout in their gym. The Hampton Inn also features pet-friendly rooms. A hot buffet-style breakfast is provided free for guests and there is also a café and bar in the hotel.
The Cassandra Hotel is a modest, low-budget option for travelers not wishing to spend $300 a night for a downtown room. Cassandra Hotel's location in Collingwood does give you easy access to Highway 1A and is only a couple of blocks from the nearest SkyTrain station. Rooms are simple with basic furnishings but still maintain a wonderful level of comfort. Upgraded rooms feature microwaves, minifridges, and mountain views. The hotel staff will treat you with the utmost hospitality and make your stay a great one. The hotel does have a small heated pool, sauna, and a casual Korean restaurant.
Beaches in Vancouver in June
English Bay Beach
Warmer temperatures finally make the beaches bearable, and you'll have plenty to choose from in Vancouver. English Bay Beach is at the southwest side of Stanley Park and is one of the largest beaches in the Vancouver area. Lifeguards are always on duty during the summer. English Bay Beach features washrooms, umbrella and chair rentals, volleyball courts, and kayak rentals. If you're traveling with your best friend, English Bay Beach also has an off-leash area for dogs. There are also concession stands and the Cactus Club Café if you're hungry and didn't bring anything to eat with you. English Bay Beach is a part of Vancouver's historic 28-kilometer seawall.
Bars and Restaurants
There's no shortage of Asian restaurants in Vancouver and they're all delightful. That especially goes for the affordably-priced Bistro Sakana in Yaletown. This trendy sushi restaurant features both traditional and artisan rolls, which can also be made with brown rice for a healthier option. Sashimi and tempura options are also numerous. The tapas menu will give you even more variety with spicy scallop kabobs, yam tempura fries, pork gyoza, and beef tataki. It should also be mentioned that Bistro Sakana has the largest selection of sake in Vancouver. Bistro Sakana is open for lunch during the week from 11:30AM to 2:45PM and for dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5PM to 9:45PM (10:45PM on Saturday).
Another Asian restaurant definitely worthy of your consideration is Kingyo, located in the West End. This moderately-priced Japanese izakaya, or pub, has earned nothing but rave reviews from all who dine here. A crowd favorite is the stone-grilled kobe beef, served to your table while the beef is still cooking on the stone (Kingyo would like to remind you not to touch the stone). Other delectable items on the menu include chopped octopus ceviche, sashimi, sushi, noodle bowls, and sweetened balsamic beef rib. Kingyo is open for lunch daily from 11:30AM until 2:30PM and for dinner from 5:30PM until 11:30PM (midnights on weekends).
Bin 941 Tapas Parlour
The casual and always busy Bin 941 Tapas Parlour is located in Davie Village near the West End and Yaletown. Bin 941 specializes in affordable artisan tapas dishes meant for sharing with everyone. The ambience is warm and inviting though at times may seem crowded as busy as it is. The "tapatizers", as the restaurant refers to them, are all made in-house with local and sustainable ingredients that rotate seasonally. Just to give you an idea of what you'll find here, you can choose from steak & frites with maple chipotle sauce, crab cakes with pickled vegetables, grilled asparagus with poached egg, and pan seared gnocchi in a pesto sauce. Bin 941 features a small but amazing selection of hand-picked wines from around the world. Bin 941 is open every day from 5PM until 11PM.
Brix & Mortar
Yaletown is home to many chic restaurants in renovated historic buildings. Brix & Mortar is a wonderful option for dinner any night of the week. Brix & Mortar serves modern West Coast Canadian cuisine. The classic dining room will give you a feeling of luxury, or you can dine in the glass-covered courtyard. The menu has both a la carte options and set menus. All food is locally-sourced. Appetizers include prosciutto wrapped scallops, pork belly, and liver pate. For main courses you can choose from hanger steak with fingerling potatoes, wild salmon with radish salad, and pork chop with bacon & kimchi fried rice, to name a few. The knowledgeable staff will help you pick the appropriate wine pairings from their extensive wine list. Brix & Mortar is open every day at 5PM and reservations are accepted.
Things to do in Vancouver in June
Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival
If you've never been to a dragon boat festival you're in for a treat. The Vancouver Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is typically held in mid to late June and lasts for three days. It has the honor of being named North America's largest competitive racing festival. The boat races themselves are astonishing to watch, as crews race in long, colorful, ornate boats at the cadence of the drummer at the stern. There's more to the festival than the races. Opening day features live music and demonstration races. On Saturday teams from around the world compete for the International Cup. The championship races are held on Sunday. Throughout the weekend you'll find food trucks, beverage tastings, various forms of entertainment, and games for the kids. The festival is held at Creekside Park and False Creek; check the website for dates.
Gastown Shops & Restaurants
Gastown is one of Vancouver's oldest neighborhoods and still feels that way today. It was founded in the late 19th century by a sailor named Gassy Jack Deighton, who opened the first saloon in the area. Today it is a very colorful and lively neighborhood and home to one of the world's only remaining steam clocks. Gastown is known for an eclectic mix of souvenir shops, chic cafes and bars, and trendy restaurants. Art admirers will also find numerous small art galleries featuring local and world-renowned artists. Some of the more popular restaurants include The Old Spaghetti Factory, MeeT in Gastown, Steamworks, and The Flying Pig. Don't forget to find the statue of Gassy Jack to pay homage.
One of Vancouver's must-see attractions is Stanley Park, named the Best Park in the World by TripAdvisor in 2014. Stanley Park is also home of one of the largest urban great blue heron colonies in North America. Stanley Park is surrounded on three sides by Vancouver Harbour and English Bay, and in total takes up just over 1,000 acres. It is mostly forested and contains a number of historic buildings. Modern buildings and attractions include the Brockton Point Interpretive Centre, Malkin Bowl, and the Vancouver Aquarium. Other attractions include the Vancouver Seawall, miles of hiking trails through dense forest, and a few beaches.
Comox Valley Farmers Market
If you're looking for a delightful day excursion from the city of Vancouver, plan a trip to Comox Valley for their renowned farmers' markets on Vancouver Island. The summer markets are held on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You'll find an amazing selection of produce, some of which are certified organic. Meats include bison, beef, chicken, and lamb. If you don't have a kitchen to prepare these foods, you can still find a great selection of take-home meals, cheeses, pastas, and skin care products. Enjoy prepared meals from Japanese and Sri Lankan chefs. The markets feature live entertainment to spice things up a little and are one of the best-known markets in British Columbia.