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When To Go

Known as the "Festival City," Edmonton is an affordable and lively destination year-round. The most popular time is the summer, with warm days, colorful flowers, and major events. Fall brings cooler temperatures and changing leaves that last well into October. Prices drop in December and January, when the weather is cold and snowy. Spring temperatures warm up in April and May, but April can bring sporadic showers and occasional snow. Weekend lodging discounts may be available throughout the year.

high season: July to September
low season: December to January
shoulder season: October to November, February to June

Weather Information

Edmonton has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers and winters are the more dominant seasons, each lasting more than 100 days. June through September can be the most favorable time of year to visit, with dry, sunny, weather and elongated days (up to 17 hours of daylight on June 21). Fall foliage begins in mid-September and can last through the third week in October. Indian summer weather occurs three out of four years in September and October. Snow is common from mid-November through mid-March. April and October experience bouts of rain and snow, but remain relatively dry. December through February can be the coldest time of the year. The Northern Lights may be visible from August through April, depending on how clear and dark the sky is at night.

Crowd Information

Summer is a very busy time for the city, especially with vacationing families. Festivals are also a major draw, including Edmonton's Capital EX in July, the Edmonton Heritage Festival and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in August, and the Canadian Finals Rodeo in November. December and January are typically quieter months because cold weather allows for fewer events.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

Edmonton can be an affordable destination year-round with rates remaining relatively consistent. However, prices can drop a bit in December and January. Many hotels also offer weekend discounts based on demand.

When to Book

Visitors with flexible travel plans can take advantage of low last-minute airfares. However, those with a set schedule should book flights at least three weeks in advance to obtain lower prices and ensure availability, especially for travel during the high season. For visits during the high season or popular events, book hotels at least two to three months in advance to ensure availability. Last-minute lodging is available the rest of the year, but it's best to book at least one month in advance to secure a specific hotel on a specific date.

Information provided by Edmonton Tourism