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Best Times to Visit Banff

The best times to visit Banff are June to August and December to March. Nature-lovers will want to get to the park when the weather is warm and welcoming (and while the hotel rates in town are at a reasonable level). The skier, however, will want to vacation in the height of winter. Depending on what you want to do, Banff can be seen as an almost year-round destination (although fall can be a bit of a gamble). Temperatures fluctuate dramatically throughout the year; average winter temperatures range from the single digits to the low 30s. During the summer, average temperatures range between around 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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December-March

Although snow falls every month, December to March is the peak period for skiing. Day temperatures will rarely surpass 32 degrees Fahrenheit until mid-March and will dive toward zero at night. Note that temperatures change quickly and vary radically on different mountains. You'll want to secure a hotel early to visit at this time; and avoid the holidays if you're on a budget.

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  • Banff Winter Festival (January)
  • Homegrown Art (March)

April-May

These shoulder months will experience anything from blizzards to warm weather. Although springtime highs can reach the mid 50s, coming to Banff in April or May is asking for a surprise.

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June-August

These are the most crowded months, with the warmest weather (average highs are in the low 70s). Booking a hotel during these months will give you access to the best hiking and biking in the Canadian Rockies.

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September-November

While September here is the height of fall, October can turn treacherously cold in a hurry. October blizzards are not uncommon and will wipe away the beautiful fall leaves. November is the quietest month in the Canadian Rockies, and for good reason: With the summer weather long gone and the ski slopes still closed, there is little reason to visit.

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