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Best Times to Visit Calgary

The best times to visit Calgary are June through August, when most of the city's special events take place; and November through March when skiing conditions are in their prime. The winter months mark the city's low season with freezing temperatures that deter sightseers and force room rates down (at those hotels that aren't closed). Hotels re-open to greet summer visitors, but you can expect to find prices at their highest. You will find some good deals; however, if you book a few weeks in advance. If you're looking to save money without facing arctic temperatures, plan a visit for April or October when the city is free of tourists and winter's icy grip.

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Springtime in Calgary is short and sweet with high temperatures averaging in the 50s and 60s. With the skiers long gone and the summer tourists still packing, hotel rates hover near their lowest point. However, be prepared for moisture; melting snow can make the parks and trails rather muddy.

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June-August

With the warm weather come hordes of tourists, heading out in search of supreme hiking, biking and fishing conditions. Although high temperatures only make it to the upper 60s and lower 70s, they don't stop anyone from hitting the trails, trolling the rivers or picnicking in the parks. This is also Calgary's season of celebration, with festivals like the Calgary Stampede taking place. However, there are two things you should be prepared for when planning a summer trip: High prices and rain. Make sure to book your hotel at least a month in advance to ensure availability, and don't forget your umbrella.

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September-October

Like spring, Calgary's autumn shoulder season is a great time to visit if you're looking for a quieter getaway. This gap in the tourist influx allows hotels to offer better deals on room rates and you to have the city all to yourself. Just make sure to pack some warmer layers to protect you from cooling weather (high temperatures hover in the 50s and 60s).

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November-March

As temperatures plummet (average highs rest in the 20s and 30s), so does interest in visiting Calgary—that is, unless you like winter sports. With the Rocky Mountains so accessible, this city makes a great home base for powder hounds looking to challenge the slopes or simply enjoy the city in its snow globe-like state. Hotel rates are also at their lowest, so if it's bargains you seek, this is the best time to visit.

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