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British Columbia/ Jasper in October

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British Columbia/ Jasper in October

Hi,

My wife and I were planning to spend 2 weeks in British Columbia and Jasper/Banff in 2nd half of October. Plan is to rent a car in Vancouver and do a road trip from Vancouver to Jasper to Banff and back to Vancouver, maybe via Calgary

We wanted to know whether Oct 11- Oct 23 would be a good time to visit. We've always stayed in the tropics but don't mind the weather as long as it doesn't dip below 40s. And also whether places/roads would be open and whether it'd be best to drive back to Vancouver or take a flight from Calgary. Thanks a ton..

Shalin

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1. Re: British Columbia/ Jasper in October

Welcome to the forums, Shalin_Shroff ~

The best place to start might be with your choice of travel month. This link will show you a guideline to the temperatures in Banff through the year. We measure our temps in Celsius in Canada.

www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3…

Things in the Rockies are coming to an end in terms of summer season, with Thanksgiving long weekend being very close to the end. Then a lull until winter sports season starts up. Thanksgiving in Canada is the second Monday in October.

If you could set your dates even to the last two weeks of September, you would have more to enjoy, IMO. And driving across the province would have less chance of snow and ice/black ice.

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2. Re: British Columbia/ Jasper in October

Thanks a lot for your feedback. Unfortunately that's the only time I'll be able to take leave, Guess, if the weather is bad and can't drive from Jasper to Banff, will also work on a separate itinerary. Considering that I'd be inflexible with time, would you recommend instead that we do road trip from Vancouver to Victoria to Chemainus to Nanaimo and also covering Whistler?

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3. Re: British Columbia/ Jasper in October

You might consider flying into Calgary and renting a car there to do a loop of Banff and Jasper. Oct 11 should still be reasonable weather although the nights will be cold. The aspen trees wil be a glorious yellow up in Jasper in late September early October but they may still have some color..depends on the weather.there may be snow at higher elevations but overall the risk of snow on the IceFields Parkway is not huige at that time of year. Yes things will be winding down but the beauty is still there and if it's the only time you can come then it's much better than say November!!!

Flying into Calgary would put you in the Rockies sooner which is much better and would save you the drive across several mountain ranges between Vancouver and Banff. You could do 6 or 7 nights split between Banff and Jasper then fly to Vancouver for a week here. Later into October is when rain can start here but it can also be sunny.. it may well be close to 40 at night though.

You could also look at flying direct from Calgary to Victoria where the rain will be less and the weather a bit balmier.. easy to spend a week in Victoria, Sooke, Salt Spring Island and Parksville

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4. Re: British Columbia/ Jasper in October

October on the coast will be warmer that the Rockies and wet. The days can range from dry with a weak sun to skies being full of clouds, raining and somewhat dreary. Even Whistler will be waiting for snow at that time of year. The Peak to Peak gondola which rides people across the valley for 4 km in 11 minutes will be closed for annual maintenance from about October 15th. The date is not up on the Whistler website right now, so it could be Oct 23. I'll have to check back in a month or so. Ski season opens closer to the end of November in Whistler, so they could have a skiff of snow on the ground but not enough to ski on, which would be quite nice. But if the weather turns cold early, there will be snow at Whistler. If we have a warm fall, there won't be.

Here is the national government climate data for Vancouver for October. You can click back through the years to see if being here would suit you:

…weather.gc.ca/climateData/dailydata_e.html…

Vancouver Island is 32,000 km2 and takes 7 hours to drive southern tip to northern tip and 3 hours to drive from east - west. I think it would be a good destination to choose. The journey from Vancouver to one of the two entry ports on the island takes about 4 hours. So you could easily spend 3 nights in Victoria, 3 nights at Tofino in Pacific Rim National Park (could be storm watching time on the Pacific Ocean) and a night in somewhere like Parksville or Nanaimo. Then a journey of about 4 hours to stay 2 nights in Whistler and back down to Vancouver for 4 nights. All nights adjustable of course depending on what you find interesting. I think the grizzly bear and whale watching tours out of north Island (Telegraph Creek) will be closed for the season.

You could get a good mix of rural, ocean, forests, farmland, city, scenery, a variety of communities and grub. I'd look into spending time on the coast.

And you're on the right forum to find out more. To the right side you will find a Trip Report Collection. In that collection are some TRs written by previous visitors that include this area. There are Top Questions on the Vancouver forum as well that would be worth a read. There are fewer, but informative TQs on the Victoria Forum. The Vancouver Island Forum is the "parent" forum for all things on the Island.

Weather. The part about weak sun is true. Storms off the ocean at Tofino is 85% true in the fall. The rest about grey skies, heavy skies of clouds, light cloud, rain, showers, dry and sunny, snow at Whistler, clear skies, etc is all "maybe." Our weather is changeable and as you browse through the years of that climate data chart you will see how so.

Here's a storm at Tofino. We can have skies like you will see in the video for days sometimes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7zRGgdc3MY

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5. Re: British Columbia/ Jasper in October

Daytime highs in Jasper could be warm and pleasant but you can definitely count on the temperature dropping below 40 at night (that happens even in summer sometimes), and if there is a cold weather system, it's possible for days to be chilly too. Jasper (townsite) doesn't usually get snow before Hallowe'en, but occasionally there will be a skiff of it in the few days before,

You can check past weather values at this site: http://climate.weather.gc.ca/ ... I note that last year, Jasper had daily highs below freezing every day from Oct. 21 through to the end of the month. However, during 2011, daily highs were above freezing through the whole month.

But, as mentioned, the mountains are beautiful at any time of the year. After Thanksgiving weekend, some roads and attractions are closed, but there are fewer tourists.

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