Banff weather in January (Alberta, Canada)

How is the weather in Banff in January? Here's what the weather might have in store during this month.

In January, Banff generally has very low temperatures and moderate snowfall. January falls within the winter season. Daytime temperatures hover around -9°C (show in °F), while nights can cool down to about -17°C. It's a notably cold month; make sure to wear layers to stay warm. It's wiser to gear up in advance than to be caught off-guard, trembling in the cold.

Banff in January usually receives moderate snowfall, averaging around 36 mm (show in inches) for the month. Based on our climate data of the past 30 years, about 10 days of snow are anticipated.

The area sees fewer sunny days, with a projection of about 57 hours of sunshine. This reduced sunlight makes it ideal for those who prefer cooler, overcast conditions over bright sunny days.

If you prefer dry days with pleasant temperatures, January may not be the ideal month to visit Banff. July and August typically offer the most optimal weather. In contrast, January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November and December tend to have less optimal conditions.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Banff climate page with graphs.


Banff, monthly averages in January

Show in Fahrenheit
Min Temperature -17.2°C  
Max Temperature -8.8°C  
Chance of Rain 33%  
Precipitation 36 mm  
Rainy days 10 days  
Humidity 63%  
Sunshine 57 hours  
Percentage Sunshine  

Where to go in Canada in January

Find out more about the weather in Canada in January and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inches a month).

So, what should you wear in Banff in January?

Visitors traveling to Banff should plan on bringing winter clothes, snow boots and a warm winter coat. There will be periods of snow.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in January.

Outdoor sports

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