When to Go

High Season (Jul & Aug)

  • July and August are the busiest months
  • Mainly warm weather and sunny skies, but be prepared for sudden thunderstorms
  • Trail closures and hiking restrictions during buffaloberry season (mid-July onwards)

Shoulder Season (May, Jun, Sep & Oct)

  • Spring comes late, with snow lingering until May or June
  • Many lakes are frozen and some trails remain closed until early summer
  • June is the wettest month in Banff and Jasper

Low Season (Nov-Apr)

  • Late March to May is the quietest season
  • Accommodations can be cheap, but many campgrounds, trails and activities are closed
  • Weather permitting, ski areas usually open from early December to early May