The best times to visit Canadian Rockies for ideal weather are

October 8th to April 15th


October 8th to December 16th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Canadian Rockies Travel Info

Weather in Canadian Rockies


Average temperatures in Canadian Rockies vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 23rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Canadian Rockies, the hottest months are July, June, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid July where highs are regularly around 52.5°F (11.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 29.9°F (-1.2°C) at night.

Canadian Rockies Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Canadian Rockies Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Canadian Rockies Perceived Temperature (F)


Canadian Rockies Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Canadian Rockies Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 11.7 2.6 -4.2
Feb 14.8 4 -4.2
Mar 18.5 8.7 0.5
Apr 23.1 13.9 6
May 34.1 23.9 14.3
Jun 38.8 29.2 19.4
Jul 48.2 36.7 26.1
Aug 39.3 28.1 18.5
Sep 42.1 29.1 18.8
Oct 33.9 22.5 13.8
Nov 20.2 10.6 2.9
Dec 11.8 2.2 -5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -11.3 -16.3 -20.1
Feb -9.6 -15.6 -20.1
Mar -7.5 -12.9 -17.5
Apr -4.9 -10.1 -14.4
May 1.2 -4.5 -9.8
Jun 3.8 -1.6 -7
Jul 9 2.6 -3.3
Aug 4.1 -2.2 -7.5
Sep 5.6 -1.6 -7.3
Oct 1.1 -5.3 -10.1
Nov -6.6 -11.9 -16.2
Dec -11.2 -16.6 -20.6



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Canadian Rockies are February, March, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of June 4th.

When can you find snow in Canadian Rockies? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around January, especially close to early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Canadian Rockies is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Canadian Rockies.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Canadian Rockies (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 5% 8.3 0.5
Feb 4% 7.9 0.4
Mar 4% 6.4 0.5
Apr 9% 3.5 1
May 12% 1.1 1.5
Jun 29% 2 5.2
Jul 20% 3.6 2.8
Aug 18% 2 2.2
Sep 14% 1.2 1.5
Oct 8% 3.1 0.8
Nov 9% 3.9 0.8
Dec 5% 7.6 2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 5 21.1 1.3
Feb 4 20.1 1
Mar 4 16.3 1.3
Apr 9 8.9 2.5
May 12 2.8 3.8
Jun 29 5.1 13.2
Jul 20 9.1 7.1
Aug 18 5.1 5.6
Sep 14 3 3.8
Oct 8 7.9 2
Nov 9 9.9 2
Dec 5 19.3 5.1


Humidity and Wind

Canadian Rockies has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is May (55.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (69%).

Wind in Canadian Rockies is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by January and November. March’s average wind speed of around 4 knots (4.6 MPH or 7.5 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid March where average top sustained speeds reach 9.5 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Canadian Rockies.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 3.7 Barely noticeable 7.8 Gentle breeze
Feb 3.3 Barely noticeable 7.3 Gentle breeze
Mar 4 Light breeze 9.1 Gentle breeze
Apr 3.5 Barely noticeable 8.1 Gentle breeze
May 3.3 Barely noticeable 7.6 Gentle breeze
Jun 3.1 Barely noticeable 7.2 Gentle breeze
Jul 3.1 Barely noticeable 7.5 Gentle breeze
Aug 2.7 Barely noticeable 6.8 Light breeze
Sep 2.8 Barely noticeable 6.8 Gentle breeze
Oct 3 Barely noticeable 6.8 Light breeze
Nov 3.5 Barely noticeable 7.5 Gentle breeze
Dec 3.1 Barely noticeable 6.5 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 64.3%
Feb 62.5%
Mar 56%
Apr 58.2%
May 55.2%
Jun 63.9%
Jul 60.8%
Aug 67.4%
Sep 63.3%
Oct 60.4%
Nov 62.8%
Dec 69%


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The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Canadian Rockies, AB, Canada is July, followed by June and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Canadian Rockies in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 46.8 in December means 46.8% of the tourists vs. July.



Overall Canadian Rockies Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 36.4°F (2.4°C) and 14.7°F (-9.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have freezing weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see the most precipitation with 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Canadian Rockies, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 43.9°F (6.6°C) and 13.5°F (-10.3°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 4 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Canadian Rockies to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 18.9°F (-7.3°C) and 9.3°F (-12.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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