In other words, cities with the mildest winters on average. Rainfall, heat waves, and other meteorological events aside, if Montreal's -30 degree winters have proven to be too much torture for you, then these are the cities you need to consider.
Toronto, which isn’t particularly known for its great weather, has milder winters compared to the rest of Canada than you might realize, with 264 days per year above 0 °C. Mild winters are the most important factor in our ranking of the cities with the best weather, with seven out of 10 points in the category dedicated to the number of days above 0 °C.
Maclean’s Best Communities in Canada ranks 415 cities across the country based on 10 categories: Wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities and culture. And we’ve got a list of cities where the weather is, well, the least terrible.
In rainy B.C., consider Balloons, where you can expect precipitation just 106 days a year. In the cold prairies, Moose Jaw, Sask.
It’s hard to avoid the snow in Quebec, but in l’Assumption, and nearby Valerie, just north of Montreal, you only have to deal with precipitation an average of 137 days a year. Likewise, in rainy Atlantic Canada, Edmonton, N.B.
To rank the cities with the best weather, we look at Environment Canada’s climate normal data, which are based on three-decade averages of statistics on temperature and precipitation. Living through a drought brings as many problems as living through a constant deluge of rain, so we reward cities that have few rainy days, but a total amount of rainfall that’s as close as possible to an ideal of 700 mm.
The weather is worth 10 per cent of the main Best Places to Live ranking. While chilly Canadian winters can be a lot of fun (think ice-skating on frozen canals, skiing down snowy mountains, or watching the Northern Lights dance in the winter sky), not everyone is willing to brave the frigid temperatures of the Great White North.
There's a clear theme to the destinations on this list: most of them are located in Canada's westernmost province, British Columbia. Although BC is home to some of the best ski areas in the world, many of its coastal communities benefit from warmer temperatures and mild climates.
While St. Catharines is warmer than other places in Ontario, it still gets pretty chilly in deep winter. If you want to escape the cold but prefer not to get caught in the rain, check out Kelowna, British Columbia.
In the summer, this is a popular destination for travelers: the weather is hot, and the lake is perfect for just about every water activity you can imagine. If you've got your heart set on visiting Canada's beautiful East Coast in the winter, the warmest city to travel to is Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia.
There are lots of options for embracing the white fluffy stuff, from snowshoeing to cross-country skiing to tobogganing on Citadel Hill. A side benefit of visiting Halifax in the winter is that all of its attractions are significantly less busy than in the touristy summer months.
If you're visiting Vancouver in the winter and are desperate for a break from the gray skies and rainy weather, keep your eye on the forecast in White Rock. Then, grab a long lunch at one of the many restaurants overlooking the ocean before heading back up to Vancouver.
White Rock is the perfect way to get a much-needed dose of vitamin D in the middle of winter. When it comes to weather, St. John's, Newfoundland, is known for a few different things: it is the #1 windiest, foggiest, and cloudiest city in Canada.
When you're ready to dry off, head to downtown St. John's and check out the local shops, stopping for a coffee or tea to warm up. You can easily fill a day exploring The Rooms, a stunning museum celebrating Newfoundland's rich history and impressive artists.
However, there are plenty of incredible indoor attractions all winter long, including cultural attractions (like the Royal Ontario Museum or the Art Gallery of Ontario) and professional sports games (namely, the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs). When everyone thinks about moving to Ontario, chances are they are immediately thinking about moving to either the capital city of the country or capital city of the province.
As great as Ottawa and Toronto are, Ontario has a lot more to offer than those two. You’ll be way ahead of the curb if you decide to move your family to Cyborg as it is still a relatively small town with less than 20,000 people living all year around.
That number definitely rises when summer comes around as Cyborg is a great place to own a cottage The city of Vaughan is just north of Toronto and is home to some of the most popular tourist attractions in the GTA.
Aurora is another great city Ontario has to offer, although it is not spoken of as much as some other cities on this list. Even though the population of Aurora is less than 60,000, it is consistently known as one of the wealthiest cities in Canada.
Brace bridge is a part of the Muskox area of Ontario, which is known as being cottage country for many residents of Ontario. Other than being home to Canadian Pop star Justin Bieber, Stratford is also known for its annual festivals.
Each year, a wide variety of Shakespeare plays are done as part of the Stratford Festival. Oakville has consistently been ranked as one of the best places to live in Canada.
It’s known for its beautifully designed homes and has become a popular destination for families who want to live outside of Toronto but also be a short drive away. Much like Oakville, Burlington is a great place for families who want to be out of the big city of Toronto but can also be a short drive away.
Who wouldn’t want to live in the capital city of the country? You would think the city is filled with politicians only, but Ottawa is a very large city where many families have been enjoying for a long time.