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Banff Summer Activities

Summertime in Banff: Warm Temperatures, Clear Blue Skies, and Daylight that Lasts Forever

Wildflowers in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Kootenay National Park, BC, CanadaBanff, Canada and the surrounding Banff National Park are among the premiere summer vacation destinations in North America, if not the world. Its high latitudes coupled with its mountain elevations make this part of the Canadian Rockies ideal for summer fun – scenic alpine vistas, sparkling blue lakes, verdant forests and mountain meadows filled with wildflowers – all under a crystal Albertan sky.

Despite the amount of precipitation experienced in the Canadian Rockies each year, the humidity during the summer months is low, particularly in July and August. Temperatures are nice, with average highs between 21- and 22-degrees Celsius (or about 70- to 72-degrees Fahrenheit, to you Yanks). And in summer in the Canadian Rockies you’ve got plenty of daylight for outdoor recreation – at the summer solstice it’s still light out after 11 p.m.!

Just a word of advice about summer in the high latitudes and elevations to be found in Banff National Park and throughout Western Canada: the UV rating in Banff National Park tends to be high. Between the altitude and the angle of the Sun people burn easily: sunscreen, sunglasses and a good wide-brimmed hat are a must when you hit the trail, hop in the boat, or hit the links for a round of golf.