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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Vancouver, Canada

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Vancouver...

Vancouver is an island in Canada. It is located in the British Columbia island group. The water temperature around Vancouver varies significantly year round. The temperature ranges from 5.9°C (42.7°F) in January up to 17°C (62.6°F) in the month of August, as shown in the graph below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 11°C (52°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Vancouver is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature near Vancouver?

The current water temperature in the month of February near Vancouver is approximately:
6°C (43°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

There are not too many surf spots in proximity to Vancouver. The next good one is Point roberts point, which is 18.9km (33.4miles) away from Vancouver. Click here for more information on Point roberts point and its current water temperature. Other fun surfspots near Vancouver are Midgets, which is ca 53.7km (33.4miles) away, and Hansons, located approximately 66.8km (41.5miles) from Vancouver.

Are there beautiful beaches close to Vancouver?

Yes, there are several other nice beaches in close proximity to Vancouver. The nearest one is Kitsilano, which is 2.3km (1.4miles) away from Vancouver. Another good beach near Vancouver is English Bay, which is approximately 2.8km (1.7miles) away.

What wetsuit is recommended for Vancouver?

The water temperature around Vancouver is relatively cold, reaching up to 17°C (63°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 3/2 wetsuit might be recommended to be in the water for several hours, but some might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving around Vancouver. Nevertheless, during December, January, and February, sea temperatures drop down to 6°C (43°F). During these months, a 4-5mm wetsuit is required to feel not too cold, but some people might even be ok with a very high-quality 4/3mm suit for short amounts of time . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to carry a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to Vancouver?

Due to relatively large temperature changes throughout the year, fishing and Scuba diving conditions change a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 6 to 11°C (43-52°F) during December, January, and February. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions typically change during summer when temperatures reach 12 to 17°C (54-63°F). Fish which love this water temperature include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Vancouver: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about Vancouver...

Do you know what the Wairarapa Arm , Newton Mearns in United Kingdom, and McGowan Seamount have in common with Vancouver? Click on the links to find out...