The weather in The Canadian Rockies is unpredictable, but as long as you carry a variety of layers, you’ll be well prepared! The sun at these alpine altitudes is strong, so bring some sunglasses and a hat for year-round protection from UV exposure.
Summer (July – September)
Banff enjoys warm, comfortable summers, but it is not uncommon to have cooler temperatures here or there. July and August daytime highs sit at an average of 18°C/64°F. Weather can change at a moment’s notice, so be sure to pack a jacket that repels rain and water, as well as a warm sweater and hat.
Fall (October – December)
Autumn in Banff sees an average high temperature of 5°C/41°F that is quickly warmed by the heat of the sun. By mid-October, the air turns crisp in the mornings and leaves start to fall. Bring warm clothing if you are visiting at this time of year, and expect to see some snow on the peaks!
Winter (January – March)
The winter air in Banff tends to be cold and dry (with average highs of 2°C/36°F), but it is warmer than similar mountainous areas because of Chinook winds. While the peaks and ski hills in the area receive a large amount of snow, the Town of Banff receives a moderate amount. To stay cozy and dry, you'll need warm clothing, a heavy jacket, hat, mitts and waterproof footwear.
Spring (April – June)
During springtime in the Rockies you may find yourself caught between seasons, enjoying summertime temperatures while a good amount of snow lingers on the ground. The average high temperature at this time of year is 10°C/50 °F. Bring some lighter-weight clothing along with a few sweaters and layers for good measure.