Banff & Jasper National Parks in detail

When to go and weather

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.