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.
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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)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
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.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Canadian Rockies (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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|
Is it Safe to Travel to Canadian Rockies?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Canada; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 07, 2019.
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
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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