Comfortable walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather conditions are essential when walking in Calgary. Temperatures and weather conditions in Calgary vary day to day, season to season, and even hour to hour. Layered clothing in any season is a great way to be prepared for changes in weather conditions for a comfortable walking experience.
You can expect winter temperatures to range from approximately -20°C to 20°C. Long pants, layered shirts, down jackets, toques, and gloves are great choices. Winter boots with good tread are essential for walking in the city as sidewalk and pathway conditions can be snow covered and slippery. Sunglasses are also a smart choice in winter months as the sun’s reflection off the snow can create a bright environment.
Calgary also receives warm chinook winds throughout the winter months, raising temperatures by as much as 20°C in a few hours. Layered clothing is a great way to be prepared when the temperature changes quickly in the city, potentially rising from -10°C to 10°C in about 24 hours.
Spring temperatures range from approximately 0°C to 15°C. Long pants, layered shirts, light jackets, and comfortable walking shoes are appropriate for the short spring season. Calgary receives approximately 30 mm of precipitation in the spring months so water resistant shoes are also a good idea.
Summer temperatures range from approximately 5°C to 30°C. Shorts, short sleeve shirts, and a light jackets are appropriate clothing for the summer months along with comfortable walking shoes or sandals. Sunglasses are essential in the summer months as Calgary receives the most hours of sunlight per year of any major city in Canada.
Fall temperatures range from approximately 0°C to 15°C. Long pants, long sleeves, and a light jacket are appropriate clothing for the short fall season in Calgary.