With the summer now feeling like a distant memory, and the wintery weather already arriving unseasonably early in some regions, many Canadians are already counting down the days until the beginning of the ski season. Thanks to the long-range winter weather forecast recently released by AccuWeather, Canada’s upcoming cold season just became a lot clearer, and it looks like ski season could be coming sooner than you might think.

On Monday, Accuweather finally released their long-range weather predictions for the winter in Canada, and one thing is for sure: there will be a lot of snow. While some regions can expect to experience unseasonably warm weather when the winter comes around, others could receive a surprisingly early snowfall, which will be enough to get the ski season off to an early start.

While Canada’s winter season won’t officially kick-off until December 21, the unusually cold weather in some parts of the country has got Canadians thinking about winter a little earlier than they’d like to. That said, if there’s the prospect of getting your skis and snowboard out a little earlier this year, maybe it’s not such a bad thing!

Province by province, here's what Accuweather predicts is in store for Canada's winter season of 2019/2020:

British Columbia

Accuweather’s long-range winter report suggests that it’s going to be a nice, mild winter in B.C., with the majority of the season’s cold weather to be delivered through central Canada.

While the winter is unlikely to bring an early ski season to British Columbia, residents can rest assured that a drier, sunnier winter is expected to be on the way. Lovely!


The first half of the winter season is expected to bring some bitterly cold weather to Alberta, with the Rockies’ ski season likely to get off to a quick start. 

While early snowfall could bring a faster start to the province’s winter sports, the rest of the season is expected to have below-average snowfall, meaning that the ski season could come to an early end, too!

Saskatchewan & Manitoba

It’s going to be a tough winter for Manitoba and Saskatchewan this year, as the strongest surges of Arctic air are expected to hit the eastern half of the Prairies.  

While Accuweather experts don’t predict a winter with unusual amounts of snow for these provinces, the snow that does fall is expected to stick around for extended periods at a time.


It’s good news for winter sports enthusiasts in Ontario this year, as conditions will be extremely favourable for skiing and snowmobiling. 

An extremely cold winter is on the cards for Ontarians this year, with several significant snowfalls expected to hit the GTA and Ottawa Valley throughout the season.

An increase in spells of cold air is expected to result in localized lake-effect snow, with conditions favourable for storms as the winter moves along.


Both Montreal and Quebec City can expect a significant amount of snowfall this winter, thanks to an increased number of storms coming from the southwest.

Similar to Ontario, Quebec is expected to have a pretty snowy winter, meaning great conditions for those that love winter sports!

Better still, the snow is expected to arrive earlier than usual, meaning a prompt start to the winter sports season in Quebec.

Atlantic Canada

Over in Atlantic Canada, conditions aren’t expected to be ideal for the skiers and snowboarders. The first half of the winter season is forecast to be quite mild, with offshore water temperatures also running higher than normal.

Instead of snow, the early winter season will bring rain and ice to areas like Saint John, New Brunswick, Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The biggest snow events are not expected to arrive until late January through early March.

Whether it’s a warm and mild winter expected for your province, or a super-snowy ski season instead, it’s good to be prepared for what’s coming.

As October draws to an end and with Christmas almost in sight, winter is definitely closer than you might think!

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