10 Coldest Places in Canada

Canada is mostly covered with snow and ice during the winters. For the most part of the year, it remains very cold. It has some of the world’s best snowy destinations. It is a beautiful place even after being so cold. It is filled with tourists during the cold months mainly because of the New Year’s Polar Bear Plunge phenomenon which is a very interesting phenomenon.

1. Quebec


Quebec is a wonderful place to visit during winters. Sometimes even schools remain closed during the winters for its snow. Although the city is mainly popular for copper and gold items, it is even more popular for its snow and its museums and parks. Quebec is one of the famous coldest places in Canada.

Places to visit in Quebec: The most popular places to be visited here are the Basilique Notre Dame, La Citadelle, Parc du Mont-Royal, ParcOlympique, Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Ile d’Orleans and many more.

2. Vancouver

There is a tradition of diving into the freezing cold lakes. The polar bear plunge had also taken place over here. The Vancouver Polar Bear swim club is also very popular. The Vancouver English Bay is the most popular place of visit over here. Various polar bears participated over here.


Places to visit in Vancouver: The most popular places here are Whistler, Long Beach, Royal British Columbia Museum, Granville Island, Vancouver Art Gallery, Science World, Stanley Park and many more.

3. Calgary

Calgary is even popular for the summer snow. It is located amidst the Rocky Mountains. It receives occasional rainfall during the months of July and August. It receives snowfall at least once a month. You can attend the Calgary Stampede over here which is the best outdoor show ever and lasts for 10 days.


Places to visit in Calgary: You can visit the Ten Foot Henry, The Uncommons, The Calgary Tower, The Studio Bell, The Paddle Station, Global Fest and many more.

4. Toronto

Toronto is known as the Ontario City which is popular for having a snowfall of 25 cm. The average snowfall lasts for 2.13 days. In Toronto, you can visit the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall Of Fame, The Toronto Islands where you can even rent a boat or bicycle and explore the place.


Places to visit in Toronto: You can also visit the Toronto Eaton Centre, Distillery Historic District, Casa Loma, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario Places and the Royal Ontario Museum.

5. Ottawa

Although Ottawa is not one of the coldest places in Canada, it is popular for skating. Skating on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal is very famous. It is a 7.8 kilometers long skateway. The entire January and February you can enjoy the most, by sliding around the entire place. You can enjoy delicious Beaver Tails, toasty chalets and hot chocolate over here. You can even visit the Dominion Arboretum, try ice fishing on the Ottawa River and visit the Gatineau Park.


Places to visit in Ottawa: Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal, Canadian War Museum, Notre Dame Basilica, andBytown Museum are some of the places to visit in Ottawa.

6. British Columbia

British Columbia has some of the highest snow banks as well as some of the picture perfect locations to witness. It is the most western province of Canada. If you are visiting on the weekends, ride the Gondola at the Blackcomb Ski Resort, Walk around Muraltown and various other places.

British Columbia

Places to visit in Columbia: Here you can visit the vineyards of Thompson Okanagan, the Harrison Hot springs, and the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market.

7. Winnipeg

Winnipeg is surrounded by an ample amount of green spaces all around. It is very well preserved and it is famous for art galleries and architecture. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a great place to be visited over here.


Places to visit in Winnipeg: Other than that, you can also visit the Assiniboine Park, The Forks National Historic Site, Manitoba Legislative Building, the Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Fort Whyte Alive, The Exchange District National Historic Site, Royal Canadian Mint, and many more other places.

8. Placentia

Placentia is one of the coldest places in Canada. Snowfall totals to 173 cm. To survive here you really need hefty clothing and food. The average winter temperature goes to -4 degrees. If you want great hot food in the coldest of temperatures you should definitely try the delicious hot soup at The Three Sisters Pub. Whatever winter clothes you carry to visit this place, make sure they are waterproof, to save yourself from getting drenched in the rainfall or snowfall.


Places to visit in Placentia: You can visit a few places here which are really very popular like Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre and O’Reilly House Museum.

9. Gander

In Gander, people even wear plastic bags under their boots. It is a very unique Canadian tradition that you will be witnessing over here. People receive 443 cm of snowfall throughout the year. This Canadian city receives the highest amount of snowfall in a year. Houses and cars remain snow covered for a huge number of days whenever there is a snowfall. You can try snowshoeing and skiing in this snow. If you want hot chocolate or a hot latte, you can visit the nearby cafes over here. The Gander Bread Box is a great option for that where you can even get jam cookies along with hot drinks.


Places to visit in Gander: North Atlantic Aviation Museum, Cobb’s Pond Rotary Park, Silent Witnesses Memorial, Thomas Howe Demonstration Forest, and Gander Heritage Memorial Park are some of the places to visit in Gander.

10. Lethbridge

In Lethbridge, the surface winds remain very high during the snowy weather. The highest temperature here is around 10 degrees. It is famous for its Chinook winds. The storms are as strong as hurricanes. The entire place gets ducked in snow during winters. The weather is very unpredictable over here. The cafes and the bars remain full almost all time of the year for its low temperature. It’s better to stay indoors whenever the hurricanes hit the place.


Places to visit in Lethbridge: Handerson Lake Park, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Indian Battle Park, Galt Museum and Archives and Helen Schuler Nature Park are some of the must-visit places in Lethbridge.

There are other places too which are some of the coldest places in Canada like Moncton, Burns Lake, Kenaston, Kenora, Val-D-O’r, Thompson, Inuvik, Beaver Creek and many more. The temperature drops to a great level in these places but they look amazing when they are snow covered.

If you are fine bearing the cold and the low temperature, then these places are worth a visit as they have a lot to offer the tourists. They are culturally very good and offers great architecture too. Wear multiple clothing or layers to keep yourself protected and prefer hot beverages to keep yourself warm. The beauty of these places are exceptional and will stay in your memories forever.

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