Weather Facts and Trivia In Canada

Weather is a shared subject. It's -12 °C, but with the windchill it feels more like -30 °C. Yes, it's cold out but it could be a lot worse. Bundle up and make friends with your longjohns 'cause here are some Canadian facts and other weather trivia to put the cold in perspective.


Victoria is the city with the lowest annual average snowfall of 47 cm.


The heaviest snowfall in one day was 118.1 cm at Lakelse Lake in Terrace on January 17, 1974.


Winnipeg has the sunniest winters with the most hours of sunshine during December, January and February with 358 hours.


The most humid city is Windsor with the highest average vapour pressure of 1.78 kilopascal during June, July and August.

Corner Brook

Corner Brook is the snowiest city with an annual average snowfall of 422 cm. There are several smaller places also in Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Anthony (505 cm), Churchill Falls (465 cm), Happy Valley-Goose Bay (459 cm), Gander (443 cm) and Deer Lake (425 cm) have higher annual snowfall averages.


The city with fewest days below freezing is Vancouver, which has an average of 51 days per year with freezing temperatures.


Kamloops has the warmest summers with an average daytime temperature of 27.2 °C during June, July and August.


The sunshine capital is Estevan with the greatest number of hours of sunshine per year being 2500 hours. Estevan also has the highest annual number of hours per year with clear skies (between zero and two tenths sky cover) totalling 2979 hours.

Pincher Creek

The most extreme change in temperature took place in January 1962 in Pincher Creek when a warm, dry wind known as a chinook, brought the temperature up from -19 °C to 22 °C in an hour.

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat is the driest city with 271 days without measurable precipitation.

Gander, Newfoundland

Is the snowiest city, with an average of 443 cm (174 inches) of snow annually (1971-2000 averages).