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If you like the mountains, then Canmore is your destination. Its climate is similar to the United States’ northern states, so it’s cold, but a happy place for skiers.
Visitors flock to Canmore in the winter months when skiing is at its prime in the local ski resorts and the Banff National Park. It’s extremely cold in the winter months, through, with average highs in December and January sitting at -2°C (28°F) and -6°C (21°F) respectively. Lows are right around -18°C (0°F).
Canmore does enjoy four distinct seasons, however, but at the more northerly latitudes and higher elevations, spring is later in coming; temperatures average -10°C (14°F) and -3°C (27°F) degrees in March and April, respectively, which makes for nice spring skiing conditions, but is not very good for any other traditional spring activities, such as hiking or cycling. Spring makes its tentative beginnings in Canmore in May, when daily highs climb to 14°C (57°F) on average, and is only felt strongly there in June, once the snow is pretty much banished, the first wildflowers begin to bloom, and daily highs regularly reach 18°C (64°F). If you visit in the spring, be sure to bring clothes that can be layered, because the weather can change in an instant. And don't forget your camera; the mountains are particularly beautiful while their tops are still dusted with the last clinging winter snows.
If you want warmer weather and the chance to hike and explore the beautiful region, head to Canmore in the summer, when highs in July and August hover near 20°C (mid 70s Fahrenheit) and lows rarely dip below 5°C (mid 40s). But still bring some warm outer layers, as mountain weather is notoriously changeable, and the weather can cool quite rapidly after dark. Due to its northerly latitude, Canmore sunsets start late and last a long time; in late June and early July, the sky can still be quite light past 10 p.m. if the skies are clear.
Fall is a beautiful and less crowded time to visit Canmore. You can enjoy the crisp air; highs will average 17°C (63°F) in September and 12°C (54°F) in October. If you hike, be aware that overnight lows average 3°C (37°F) in September, and dip further to -1°C (30°F) in October.
For current weather conditions, forecasts, and up-to-date weather warnings for Canmore, visit Environment Canada's Canmore forecast page. (If you prefer your weather information in Fahrenheit and inches, go to the same page in imperial units.)