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Top 5 WARMEST Places In Canada To Visit This Winter

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Canada in the winter is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The country becomes a  winter wonderland with awe inspiring scenery. With all of its beauty, Canada also delivers a bone-chillingly cold winter. 

It's important to note that not all of Canada spends the winter in this deep freeze and some areas rarely even drop below 0°C. 

Here are the Top 5 WARMEST Places In Canada to Visit This Winter.

warmest cities in canada in winter

Top 5 Warmest Places in Canada To Visit This Winter

*Temperatures are based on a three month average using December, January and February.

5. St. Catharines, Ontario

Warm Winter Cities in Canada

St. Catharines has one of the warmest winter climates in eastern Canada. The average daily high is 1.1°C and nightly lows reach -6.1°C. There is still plenty of snow averaging over 100 cm a year. 

st cahtherines bridge

4. Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna Mild Winter

Kelowna, British Columbia is one of the most beautiful destinations in Canada attracting millions of visitors every year. It just happens to be my hometown and one of the major reasons I chose to live here was the mild climate.

The average daily high during the winter is 2.6°C and nightly lows only reaching -3.5°C. Snowfall is relatively low averaging 50 cm a year. Check out our favorite Kelowna lakefront front hotels

3. Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Canada Warm winter city

Vancouver, British Columbia is internationally renowned for its milder climate and stunning beauty. Daily highs during the winter average 7.1°C and the average low is above freezing at 1.3°C. For those that don't like snow, Vancouver is the perfect place only averaging 35 cm a year. Vancouver locals also win bragging rights to the occasional double digit highs right in the middle of winter. Check out our list of 6 amazing and affordable cruises leaving Vancouver! 

vancouver downtown

2. Halifax, Nova Scotia

halifax nova scotia has warm winters

Halifax, Nova Scotia has Eastern Canada's warmest winter climate. Daily highs average 1°C and lows around -6°C. Halifax may have a mild climate but it's important to note that it's also the third snowiest city in Canada averaging over 125 cm annually.  

1. Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria BC Warmest Place in Canada Winter

Victoria, British Columbia holds the title for the warmest city in Canada during the winter. Daily average highs reach 9°C and nightly lows only drop to around 4°C. Average annual snowfall is low at 25 cm. Victoria only has one day per year where the temperature will drop below zero.

Top 5 Warmest Places in Canada To Visit This Winter

5. St. Catherines, Ontario

4. Kelowna, British Columbia

3. Vancouver, British Columbia

2. Halifax, Nova Scotia

1. Victoria, British Columbia

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Coldest cities canada

Curious about the coldest cities in Canada during the winter?

Canada's Coldest Cities in Winter:

Here are the top 5 COLDEST cities you might want to take a rain check on until spring. 

1. Winnipeg, Manitoba:  Average High  -10°C, Low -20°C

2. Saguenay, Quebec: Average High -8°C, Low -19°C

3. Regina Saskatchewan: Average High -8°C, Low -18°C

4. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Average High -7°C, Low -18°C

5.  Thunder Bay Ontario: Average High -6°C, Low -16°C

Source: Current Result

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Article originally published in January 2019 with updates


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

southern ab easily,best winter weather from Calgary south along the foothills to the border.Not unusual to be 15c to 20c in the winter,normally maybe 2wks of -20 then back to plus Temps and cold wi ter is over its been this way for my 60 plus years(climate change might get warmer!!)


Saturday 1st of May 2021

I live in Victoria and it gets to 1 Celsius often in the winter and it’s very dark and rainy a lot. Travel companies and real estate are selling Victoria like it’s Southern California. It can be very depressing here in the winter. And summer often doesn’t start till mid June and ends often at the start of September.

Gary Blake

Tuesday 17th of October 2023

@Colleen, give it a rest. Yes Victoria is very similar to the UK. I've lived in both. Lots of grey rainy days. Not good for the mood.


Tuesday 4th of April 2023

@Anonymous, I don’t know who you are but I don’t think you live in Victoria because they get a ton of sunshine and it sounds like you’re just trying to bash on the place. It’s considered one of the warmest places in Canada and good that’s not because they have minus negative weather pull your head out of the igloo mirage you’re living in and take a look around. Living in igloos and having huskies pull our sled around is a joke Canadians play on Americans.


Thursday 5th of January 2023

@Lisa, Hi- it really just gets complicated trying to navigate these weather when travel companies just post unrealistic data. I have to ask, where would you say is the warmest, least raining city in Canada all year round?


Wednesday 21st of December 2022

@Lisa, right. I live in vic too, and it’s mainly just depressing rain for most of the year. Our springs last a week or two, Our summers last few months and usually are a very dry drought or it’s very humid and sweaty(no balance). We generally get at least one week of heat wave, that makes it feel like 40c. Our fall is long and dark, then we have like one week of winter and everyone goes crazy as no one is prepared for 5cm of snow, compared to other places in Canada that are fully prepared for the typical Canadian weather. Recently with climate change it’s been getting down to freezing temperatures more often. Now for like a week or so in winter every year, it feels like -15.

In conclusion, Good for people who like the rain tho, make sure you own a strong umbrella though, as the wind is usaully bad in the winter and fall! Maybe it’s good for people who like variety, as I heard most places get 6 months of snow without break. Not as good of weather as everyone says it is here unfortunately. It can be comfy if you’re nice and warm inside your house, if that’s your thing though.

Hopefully that helps anyone!


Sunday 23rd of October 2022

@Lisa, I'm sorry to hear that.It sounds awful

EVL Wright

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

Osoyoos, BC is the warmest city in Canada. "The average daytime temperature in Osoyoos is 17.0 °C (62.6 °F), which is the warmest in Canada." Just saying . . .


Monday 12th of July 2021

@EVL Wright, yes, but is that winter temperature?

Cliff Dyck

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Lived in Winnipeg all my life til 50 years of age. Drove transit buses there for 26 years and every year I said the same thing to self... why do I continue to live here! Shovel til my back is now toast from it! 12 years in Abbotsford and love it! Rain? Yes it does..however.. it snows in Winnipeg and that snow accumulates and does not go away for 7 months! 40 below In Winnipeg..snow to shovel every day.. car frozen.. plug it in or no start! No thanks! Don't have to shovel rain. Driving buses here for 12 years. Love it! Look it up.. Winnipeg.. coldest place in Canada.. enjoy shoveling and sliding around into other cars or being hit by them. Plugging in the car and scraping the ice and snow off.. Frozen fingers and ears..etc. Not moving back!



Monday 15th of February 2021

I’ve lived in Edmonton for 45 years. I’m wondering the same. Why am I here? Every year I hate winter more. Last year we had 6 weeks of nice weather. Usually 7 or 8 months with snow and the rest are cold and rainy. I have to get out.

Andrea Quatell

Thursday 13th of August 2020

What isn't mentioned is that the summers on Vancouver Island have been pathetic for the past 3 years. You're lucky if you so much as get a few days above 21. Be prepared to continue to budget for heat all year round.