We are considering Banff in first or second week of September. What is the best time for fall leaf color?
From mid September onwards, so if you can't postpone your trip definitely go for the second week of September.
Yes, the latter part of September tends to be best. Note that the 'leaf' colour change is mostly larch needles at high elevations (especially in the Lake Louise area), as well as some leafy trees and bushes mostly in valley bottoms. Most mountainsides stay green year-round.
Also, don't expect the cliche "Canadian" red leaves; maple trees are not hardy enough for Alberta weather. All our native trees turn yellow and gold, with the wild rose bushes adding an accent of red in the understory.
The Aspens in early October are stunning. We were married on Canadian Thanksgiving in the Rockies and then entire place was golden.
Thank you for taking time to comment. We selected 14 Sept. to start our visit.
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