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Best time to visit Banff, AB, Canada

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The best time to visit Banff is November

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Banff? Look no further! November is the best time to go to Banff due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

The very hottest temperatures in Banff get to around 20℃ (68℉) in the height of summer. In the winter months, it can get down to as low as -22℃ (-7℉) at night.

The sun stays up the longest in Banff in July, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. The wet season in Banff usually falls during the months surrounding June each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Continue reading to find out loads more about when to travel to Banff, then use the handy tools below to search for the best flight and hotel options that are right for you.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

July

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Banff seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Banff as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Banff is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Banff

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Banff for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Banff climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Banff for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Banff in January

  • Average temperature: -10℃ (14℉)
  • Average high temperature: -6℃ (21℉)
  • Average low temperature: -14℃ (7℉)
  • Average humidity: 91%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 18mm (1") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 18 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Banff in February

  • Average temperature: -11℃ (12℉)
  • Average high temperature: -7℃ (20℉)
  • Average low temperature: -16℃ (4℉)
  • Average humidity: 91%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 19 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Banff in March

  • Average temperature: -7℃ (20℉)
  • Average high temperature: -2℃ (28℉)
  • Average low temperature: -11℃ (12℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 21 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Banff in April

  • Average temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average high temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average low temperature: -7℃ (19℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 56mm (2") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 17 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Banff in May

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (38℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (29℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 90mm (4") over 20 days
  • Average snow days: 7 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in May, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Banff in June

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 99mm (4") over 22 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in June, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Banff in July

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 64%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 70mm (3") over 17 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in July, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Banff in August

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 63%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 46mm (2") over 14 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in August, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Banff in September

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 69%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 13 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in September, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.

Banff in October

  • Average temperature: -1℃ (31℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (38℉)
  • Average low temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 11 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in October, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Banff in November

  • Average temperature: -8℃ (18℉)
  • Average high temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average low temperature: -11℃ (12℉)
  • Average humidity: 88%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 31mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 18 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Banff in December

  • Average temperature: -12℃ (11℉)
  • Average high temperature: -8℃ (18℉)
  • Average low temperature: -15℃ (5℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 22mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 19 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Banff in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Banff is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 17℃ (63℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Banff is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Banff is generally around June, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of June too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Banff, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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