Top 4 Canadian Winter Facts

Oh, Canada. We love our winter, with iconic images of igloos, polar bears and parkas superimposed all over our national mythology. We take our winter seriously and here are some facts about our brutal winter that will amaze you – and make you proud to be a member of the toughest winter nation on Earth.

Coldest. Day. Ever.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada was logged on February 3, 1947 in the Yukon village of Snag. The mercury hit -63 degrees Celsius, which is a similar temperature to the surface of Mars. The title of coldest city in Canada is jointly held by Regina and Saskatoon, both of which have registered -50 degree Celsius days. Brrr.

Grab The Shovels

Our love for snow is crushed with the thought of shoveling to make way. We are tech savvy when it comes to clearing our snow if the rain gods don't clear the snow fast enough. 

Dress In Layers

A well-known Canadian proverb states that if you don’t like the weather, you should wait fifteen minutes, because it’ll change. How much is too much is always a debatable topic we recommend 3-4 layers are warm enough. However if you take public transit investing in a Canadian Goose gear is always the best choice and to make sure your feet are toasty Hunter is the go to recommendation. 

It’s A Party

Winter is all about attitude. From Quebec City’s famous Carnaval to Edmonton’s Ice on Whyte, Canadians see the winter as a season to enjoy. In Montreal, a giant igloo is erected on the banks of the St. Lawrence and transforms into an all-night party and dance festival. Just wear two pairs of socks (and maybe some long johns).

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