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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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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)


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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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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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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