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Visiting banff/ jasper in late October... bad idea ?

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Visiting banff/ jasper in late October... bad idea ?

I’ve never been and some buddies and I want to go in late October .. is this not a good time of year to go? We will rent a car.. anything I should know about that? Lol we are from miami.. so city and flat land is all we know. Thanks!

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1. Re: Visiting banff/ jasper in late October... bad idea ?

First of all , a lot of roads and attractions will close up after Canadian Thanksgiving . You will definitely have to be aware that you could run into winter conditions while driving at that time of year . If it was me September is a far better time to go . Not only is it larch season but also the weather was spectacular in late September last year.

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2. Re: Visiting banff/ jasper in late October... bad idea ?

Not recommended unless you build time in to sit it out during a snow storm if there happens to be one during your stay - and you need to be able to dress for winter.

this is a site with historical weather for that month …weather.gc.ca/climate_data/…

you might want to research Merino Wool undershirt and long johns. (-:

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3. Re: Visiting banff/ jasper in late October... bad idea ?

The mountain scenery is beautiful at any time, and in October, the peaks will be snowy. Higher elevation hiking trails will not be accessible but trails in the valleys can still be hiked ... although you have to be prepared for cold weather (warm layers, a winter hat, mittens or gloves). Some secondary roads are closed so you cannot go to Moraine Lake, or Takakkaw Falls (in Yoho National Park), but there is still plenty to see. If you plan to drive into BC, by law you must have a car equipped with snow tires, at least “M&S” rated ones. Winter tires, with the mountain ad snowflake icon would be recommended for the Icefields Parkway, and for any driving there, you’ll want to check on weather and driving conditions first, to avoid driving in a snowstorm at higher elevations, or immediately afterwards, when driving conditions may be poor.

In terms of tourism numbers, it’s a quiet time, so you should have no problems finding accommodation available, at reduced rates.

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