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Pollen Count in Vancouver, British Columbia

What is the pollen count in Vancouver today?

Venture outdoors without the worry of pollen irritating your hay fever with our pollen tracker. Enter your postal code above to find the daily pollen count across Vancouver instantly.

Pollen forecast for Vancouver

Whether you’re shopping at Granville Island Public Market or planning a trip to Stanley Park, you can enjoy the great outdoors by checking the daily and weekly pollen count in Vancouver before you leave the house.

Pollen Month-by-Month in Vancouver

  1. January

    With snow covering most of Canada, this month has a low pollen count. Certain types of tree pollen are beginning to wake up in Vancouver – specifically cedar, hazel, and alder trees. Having trouble distinguishing between hay fever and a winter cold? check out our guide to find out the differences.
  2. February

    Vancouver will begin to feel the effects of tree pollen season as birch, oak, elm, maple and willow tree pollen are added to the mix.
  3. March

    In March, ash, poplar, and plane pollen make an appearance. Hay fever in March rises due to elm, willow, and hazel pollen, which are all reaching their peak production.
  4. April

    April showers annouce grass pollen season with Kentucky grass being the first representative of the season. Mulberry and walnut trees come to life again this month.
  5. May

    May welcomes Kentucky, Bermuda, Johnson, orchard, and Timothy grasses which are evenly spreading pollen across Vancouver. Sycamore trees also begin pollenating in May.
  6. June

    By June, pines, birch and oaks dominate the production of tree pollen. Joining the other grasses is Sweet vernal adding its pollen.
  7. July

    In July, grass pollen is peaking in Vancouver, while the majority of tree pollen production is coming to an end for another year.
  8. August

    The good news is that tree pollen production has peaked with the exception of a few late bloomers, and for Vancouver that means allergy season is coming to a close.
  9. September

    Grass pollen is officially on the decline, which signals that hay fever season is finally winding down. Feel free to take a deep breath without causing any runny noses or itchy eyes – and hope that the sun stays around to enjoy the most of it!
  10. October

    As the temperature falls, so does pollen production. Wet weather can also diminish whatever pollen is left in the air.
  11. November

    Enjoy the changing leaf colours without your eyes watering: November’s pollen count tends to be low.
  12. December

    December brings the first official day of winter in Vancouver, which means traditionally low levels of pollen throughout the month.

Top Causes of Pollen in Vancouver

Trees produce pollen in Vancouver predominantly from February until July. Vancouver’s top tree allergens are Alder, Willow, Poplar, Pine, and Birch trees1. In April grass adds its pollen to the air lasting through July. Luckily, weed pollen has little presence here so while hay fever symptoms begin early, they will also hopefully dissipate soonest.

How to Stay Prepared for Vancouver’s Allergy Seasons

  • Embrace the season by having a package of Kleenex® Ultra On-the-Go 3-Ply Pocket Facial Tissues handy for whenever seasonal allergies my strike.
  • Wear sunglasses to prevent watering by pollen reaching your eyes.
  • While out and about wash your hands often to remove pollen.
  • Have petroleum jelly handy throughout the season, apply around your nostrils and upper lip to trap pollen.2
  • Use a highly protective comfortable mask to sift out pollen and allergens in the air.3
  • Upon returning indoors, change your clothes and shower to wash off and remove pollen.
  • Nasal breathing exercises are perfect for those looking natural solutions as they have been shown to help those using the standard nasal sprays.4

Pollen Hotspots in Vancouver

Pollen season starts earliest in British Columbia and Vancouver is no exception. Beginning in February, tree pollen continues to impact those of us with hay fever right through July. Keep in mind that there are a few tree outliers that pollinate later in the year, so if you’re headed to VanDusen Botanical Gardens or considering walking the Capilano Suspension Bridge, check in with Your Pollen Pal to learn the pollen levels and plan accordingly. Popular destinations like Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park will also pose a pollen problem during high season so look below for our low pollen suggestions.

Allergy Friendly Activities in Vancouver

When the pollen count in Vancouver starts to rise faster than the price of real estate, it’s time to try a hay fever-free activity! Head to one of the city’s regions with the lowest pollen levels or find fun away from the hay fever instigators.

Indoor Activities

Vancouver may be known for its outdoor lifestyle and breathtaking scenery, but it’s also home to fun indoor activities on days when seeking shelter inside (from the rain or pollen!) becomes a necessity.

  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Science World
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • Bloedel Conservatory
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • FlyOver Canada

Food, Drink and Entertainment

Vancouver has a thriving nightlife scene so don’t let the pollen count stop you from exploring the city after dark. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Dinner Cruise
  • 2Craft Beer Brewery Tours
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • Gastown
  • Granville Island Public Market

Getting Outdoors

On high pollen days, the sea will save you. Sunny beaches, boats and even the occasional sea plane are potential ways to get the most of the great outdoors without stuffing up your nose.

  • Kitsilano Beach
  • Whale Watching
  • Vancouver Sea Plane Tour
  • English Bay
  • Stanley Park
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Sources:

  1. https://www.aerobiology.ca/collection-site/vancouver-b-c/
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hay-fever/
  3. https://now.tufts.edu/articles/are-face-masks-helping-people-allergies
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3392338/

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