When to Visit / What to Wear
With our varied landscape and season-inspired outdoor pursuits, Alberta is a great place to visit year round. Summer and winter are definitely the most popular tourist seasons, but the rebirth of spring and spectacular colors of fall create an incredible backdrop for exploring all that Alberta has to offer. Be sure to check our current weather conditions.Summertime … and the Living is Easy (June through August)
At the first signs of warmth, Albertans and tourists alike flock to parks, golf courses, lakes and campgrounds around the province. Here, outdoor enthusiasts gather to play in the sun or simply enjoy a slower pace of life.
Though they vary somewhat from region to region, summer daytime temperatures (averaging 15°C to 23°C / 60°F to 73°F) are ideal for countless outdoor activities, while mild evenings were made for long walks or sitting around a campfire. If urban settings are your preference, Alberta’s cities come alive in the summer with a full roster of festivals, exhibitions and shopping destinations.
Your summer travel wardrobe should include tank tops (singlets), shorts and t-shirts, as well as long pants and a sweater or jacket for cool evenings. In Alberta, it’s always a good idea to be prepared and dress in layers that you can add and remove! And don’t forget…two more summer necessities are sunscreen and insect repellent.
Despite cold temperatures (on average -8°C to -25°C / 18°F to -13°F), Alberta’s breath-taking snow-capped mountains, crystal blanket and winter sports entice millions to stay and play in our winter wonderland. Dress for the weather, gather your gear and embrace the unique opportunities that await.
Keep in mind that the Christmas season is extremely popular for winter vacations, and is also the most expensive time to visit. Be sure to book your accommodations early to avoid disappointment! If you would like to save some money, late January and early February tend to be the best time to plan an Alberta winter vacation.
Required winter attire is long pants, sweaters, warm jackets, boots and gloves, and if you’re playing in the snow, toques and scarves are not only practical, but stylish! Don’t worry if you don’t have access to these winter garments. Winter wear is plentiful in season and make fabulous souvenirs!
For spring and fall visits, the best advice is again to dress in layers. Weather in our off-season tends to be quite varied and unsettled. Explore our website for an endless array of activities that could keep you busy for weeks on end any time of the year!
Blackfoot Crossing (photo cred...
Dinosaur at the Tyrrell Museum
Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton
Calgary Stampede (photo credit...
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