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. Stronger winds in and below canyons and passes.
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.
There's a reason so many people choose to retire to Victoria and other beautiful places on Vancouver Island : the gloriously mild winters make it pleasant to enjoy a stroll outside year-round. You can still experience winter activities in Victoria, like ice-skating, Christmas light tours, and a cozy cup of tea.
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. Situated on the shores of the Atlantic, Halifax experiences milder winters than the province's inland towns and cities.
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. With a name like the Sunshine Coast, it's easy to understand the appeal of this region of southern British Columbia.
If you're not afraid of a little rain, then you'll enjoy spending your days exploring trails, checking out waterfalls, or strolling by the beaches. 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. Winter temperatures are only slightly colder than Kelowna, BC (another mild city featured earlier on this list).
Signal Hill and Cape Spear offer unique vantage points for taking in the beauty of the coast. 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. As the province's second sunniest city, Balloons experiences plenty of bluebird days, even in the dead of winter.
Challenge yourself physically at the indoor rock climbing gym trampoline park, or give your brain a workout by trying to solve an escape room. But Toronto has the distinction of placing fourth in the list of longest frost-free seasons of all the cities in Canada.