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Canada’s 10 Coldest, Snowiest Cities in Spring


Iqaluit, Nunavut: still thawing in August (Photo: Matthew MacLeod)

March 20 may have been the first day of spring, but in much of Canada, winter weather continues and will through April—or even into May. For skiiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers, long winters are one of the joys of living in the Great White North. We found some surprises among Canada’s cities with the snowiest springs.

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Despite the great skiing areas in the Rockies and western Canada, all of the top ten snowiest spring cities in Canada are in the east.

  • The snowiest western city, Lethbridge, Alberta, ranks way down at number 40 among Canada’s snowiest cities.
  • British Columbia’s snowiest city in spring is Fort St. John, some 670 km northwest of Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Double threats in winter—ranking in the top ten for snowiest and coldest—are Sept-Îles, Quebec; Baie-Comeau, Quebec; and Timmins, Ontario.

These statistics were gathered from Environment Canada, which neglected to include Iqaluit, Nunavut’s largest community, in the rankings. Possibly because its population is only 6,699. If it had been included, it would have trumped the city with the snowiest spring (Iqualuit has an average of 17.5 cm of snow and 11 snowy days, whereas Gander has an average of 11 cm of snow and 8 snowy days) and the coldest temperatures (average of -10°C in Iqaluit compared to an average of -1°C in Yellowknife).

Canada’s Ten Snowiest Cities in Spring

  1. Gander, Newfoundland
  2. Sept-Îles, Quebec
  3. Moncton, New Brunswick
  4. Campbellton, New Brunswick
  5. Baie-Comeau, Quebec
  6. Bathurst, New Brunswick
  7. Corner Brook, Newfoundland
  8. Charlottetown, PE
  9. Timmins, Ontario
  10. St. John’s, Newfoundland

Canada’s Ten Coldest Cities in Spring

  1. Yellowknife, YT
  2. Thompson, MB
  3. Sept-Îles, Quebec
  4. Baie-Comeau, Quebec
  5. Whitehorse, YT
  6. Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
  7. Val-d’Or, Quebec
  8. Timmins, Ontario
  9. Alma, Quebec

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