5 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Canmore and Kananaskis in the Shoulder Seasons

5 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Canmore and Kananaskis in the Shoulder Seasons

  • Spring, Summer & Fall
  • Tourism Canmore Kananaskis - March 6, 2024

Every shift in season casts a fresh light on the Canadian Rockies, transforming the landscape with its ever-changing weather patterns. Each offers a unique perspective, welcoming visitors with its distinct allure.

Spring in the Canadian Rockies is different than what you might typically expect – weather in the Bow Valley during April and May (and even early June) can be delightfully unpredictable as it transitions from cooler to warmer conditions. Early spring can still surprise with big snowfalls, while late spring brings warmer temperatures and sometimes wet conditions as the snow begins to melt. Prepare for the changing mountain weather by reading up on how to dress appropriately when planning your stay in Canmore and Kananaskis.

Fall in Canmore and Kananaskis is a fleeting affair, but one filled with vibrant shades of yellow and orange. September temperatures start dropping throughout the month, and snowfall becomes possible at higher elevations. Late September through early October is peak larch season in the Bow Valley, when needles on our larch trees turn a spectacular golden yellow before falling off for the winter. Take a look at the top larch hikes in Kananaskis so you don’t miss out!

The shoulder seasons in Canmore and Kananaskis hold a special charm, offering quieter moments and exclusive adventures that will nourish your soul. Here are five reasons why you don’t want to miss travelling in the spring and fall months.

#1 Serene Mountain Experiences Await

In the shoulder seasons, you can explore our iconic peaks without the usual hustle and bustle of winter and summer visitors on our most popular trails in Kananaskis Country. Grassi Lakes Trail is perfect for families, offering easy access and stunning views. Prairie View Trail presents a moderate challenge with rewarding panoramic views of Barrier Lake and the mountains beyond. Ha Ling Peak is ideal for adventurous hikers looking for a steeper climb. All these bucket-list hikes are peacefully yours to explore! Be sure to check trail conditions before embarking on your adventure, particularly in the spring when avalanche danger may be present.

#2 Savour the Local Flavours

Indulge in Canmore’s dining scene – minus the wait. Shoulder seasons bring immediate seating in top-rated local restaurants, like The Grizzly Paw Pub, a cornerstone of Canmore’s Main Street. The Grizzly Paw will welcome you without the need for a reservation, offering a taste of their locally crafted beers, homemade non-alcoholic sodas, and upscale pub foods. Just down the road, Sauvage’s exclusive menu changes based on what is available to forage throughout the year, inviting you to a dining experience that is both unique and deeply rooted in the seasonal landscape. No matter what culinary adventure you decide to embark on, you can enjoy the freedom to savour every delight we have to offer without delay.

#3 Take in the Changing of the Seasons

Witness the Canadian Rockies reimagined during the shoulder seasons. Each season is a new chapter in our story, from vibrant spring skies to a rich tapestry of autumn colours. These months are perfect for unique outdoor activities, wildlife spotting, and capturing breathtaking seasonal changes.

Views of the mountains from above with Alpine Helicopter Tours offer an invigorating perspective of the ever-changing landscapes below. If you would prefer to keep your feet on the ground, the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary provides an intimate look at the majestic part-dog, part-wolf. You can observe their seasonal behaviours in a natural environment that respects and protects their wild heritage. Or you can book a hike with renowned guide Buffalo Stone Woman and explore the Rocky Mountains through a traditional Indigenous lens.

#4 More Value, Lasting Memories

Travelling in the shoulder season means more savings on airfare and accommodations in Canmore and Kananaskis, which means you can enjoy luxurious stays for longer and experience exclusive tours without stretching your budget. Extend your trip, experience more, and create unforgettable memories here in the Canadian Rockies.

With your extra budget, book an outdoor excursion with Canadian Rockies Experience where you will be immersed in the natural beauty of Kananaskis Country, with deluxe transportation, food, and a private guide all included. Or you can treat yourself and the whole family to a Survival Hike with Kananaskis Outfitters where you can learn valuable outdoor skills on how to fend for yourself in the wilderness. We have a wide array of tours and experiences in Canmore and Kananaskis – there’s something for everyone!

#5 Ideal Weather for all Adventures

The mild climate in the shoulder seasons is an invitation to the outdoors, ideal for hiking, biking, or simply soaking in the natural beauty. Whether you’re searching for the golden hues of autumn or ushering in the freshness of spring, there are plenty of fall and spring hiking trails in Kananaskis to choose from. You can go mountain biking through Canmore’s local trails among the vibrant fall colours, or try your hand at fat biking at the Canmore Nordic Centre on spring’s last bits of snow. If the weather isn’t on your side, Canmore has an array of indoor activities to ensure your adventure doesn’t have to stop.

With fewer crowds, abundant culinary delights, unique mountain experiences, cost-effective travel, and ideal weather, your journey is set to be truly unforgettable. Discover the tranquil beauty of Canmore and Kananaskis during the shoulder seasons and experience our unfiltered wilderness, with our most popular attractions, restaurants, and experiences offering a personal, crowd-free adventure.

In Canmore and Kananaskis, our natural ecosystems and stunning landscapes are the heart and soul of our local mountain culture. Before your visit, we encourage you to sign the Pledge to the Peaks, committing to mindful exploration to ensure the safety of all inhabitants of the region and preserve the beauty of our unfiltered wilderness for generations to come.