Banff established itself from humble beginnings as a 26 square hot springs reserve. Banff National Park now consists of 6,641 square kilometers of unparalleled Rocky Mountain scenery, nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies.
While the weather is fairy unpredictable in Banff National Park, it is possible to make some generalizations. July is the warmest month, with average highs of 22°C in the Town of Banff. January is the coldest month with average lows of -15°C, though the mercury can drop into the minus thirties. The relative dryness of the Rocky Mountain air in Banff, however, makes even extreme temperatures more bearable. In winter, visitors must be especially careful of wind chill. A temperature of -20°C on the thermometer may feel like -30°C with the wind chill. Regardless of the season in the Canadian Rockies, the temperature will fall about 1°C for every 200m of elevation gain.
The length of the day in Banff varies greatly throughout the year. Daylight can last as little as eight hours in December. At the end of June, the sun rises at 5:30 am and sets at 10:00 pm. Despite the chilly climate, nearly two million visitors still flock to Banff National Park every year, a testament to the park' great beauty and impressive view of the Rocky Mountain peaks. In the summer, most of the visitors are there for activities like hiking and rafting, but the winter in the Canadian Rockies offers its attractions as well, with skiing and snowboarding.
Spring stretches on for many weeks in Banff National Park. In late March in the Canadian Rockies, the first bears emerge from hibernation and the world's largest Golden Eagle migration begins. In mid-May, the Aspen trees begin to green up in the Rocky Mountain valley that brings about a lush and breathtaking view of the surrounding area.
Summer is peak tourist season in Banff and a great time to take advantage of specials and seasonal getaway packages offered by Castle Mountain Chalet. Wonderful weather provides opportunities to spend days outside enjoying the Canadian Rockies scenery and wildlife. Days in Banff National Park are often hot, but can still get cool at night and because of Banff's high Rocky Mountain elevation. The weather in Banff, Alberta, Canada can range from sun to rain to snow - all on the same day!
Fall in Banff National Park showcases a Rocky Mountain view that is always beautiful. In mid-September, locals head up to the alpine regions to see the needles on the Larch trees turn a vivid gold. The Golden Eagles begin their migration south over the Fairholme mountain range and elk can now be heard calling to each other in the valley. Days are typically clear and sunny for this region in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
The picturesque winter in the Canadian Rockies generally lasts from November to March with temperatures from -5 to -20 degrees Celsius. December and January are typically the coldest months when temperatures can dip down to -30! The average snowfall in the area is 235 cm. In November, bears go into hibernation for a nice long winter nap and then begin to emerge in late March.
Take advantage of Castle Mountain’s featured seasonal package specials for a Rocky Mountain getaway in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
A proud feature of Banff National Park is the wide array of wildlife in its own backyard. It is home to large species of grizzly and black bears, mountain caribou, elk, moose and wolves. It's also home to smaller habitat including marmots, pikas and Columbian ground squirrels, and a variety of birds, featuring the bald eagles and the endangered harlequin ducks. The best times of year to visit Banff if you're looking for wildlife to view, are in early spring (April - May) or in fall (September - October).