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These Canadian Cities Are Ranked With Having The Worst Winters Of All Time

Canada's most unforgiving winter destinations.

Think your city has a horrible winter? Well, before you complain about the light flurries or minor wind chill in your area, be grateful that you're not in any of the following 15 Canadian cities, which according to a new ranking, have it so much worse.

Expedia.ca has ranked places in Canada with the most miserable winters, and it will put the weather hecklers in Toronto and Vancouver to shame. The travel company compiled "Canada's darkest, snowiest, windiest, most record-breaking cities" based on four important factors:

Via expedia.ca

With those factors in mind, here are the cities that made their list:


15. Placentia, NL

"In Placentia, snowfall totals just 173 cm, but when you add in the 575 mm of winter rainfall and an average temp of – 4° C, you’ll see why this town made the list. "

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥🔥

14. Gander, NL

"It sees an astonishing 443 cm of snow per year, making it the snowiest major Canadian city, according to CBC/Radio-Canada. Just this past April, storms buried houses and cars for days."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥🔥
  • Worst of the Worst: 🏅

13. Lethbridge, AB

"Chinooks frequently hit hurricane-force strength, and in 2011, Lethbridge clocked surface winds at 117 km/hour. Plus, the Lethbridge area sees the most days with Chinooks in the entire province, averaging 35.7."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

12. Moncton, NB

"In 2015, it broke its own snowfall record, clocking in at 500 cm, plus endured its coldest temps in nearly 70 years. "

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

11. Ottawa, ON

"Ottawa is one of the world’s coldest capital cities, ranking with the likes of Moscow and Reykjavik... [it] has one of the country’s worst commutes."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

10. Burns Lake, BC

"In Burns Lake, when it snows, it really snows. In fact, on February 11, 1999, the weather station at nearby Tahtsa Lake recorded the most snowfall ever in a single day: 145 cm!"

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️ 🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥
  • Worst of the Worst: 🏅

9. Kenaston, SK

"It’s cold, windy, and rural, but the hardy warriors of this village on the plains wouldn’t have it any other way."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️ 🌡️🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥

8. Winnipeg, MB

"While the coldest temperature in Winnipeg has nothing on the cities later on our list, it is Canada’s coldest major city."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️ 🌡️🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Worst of the Worst: 🏅

7. Kenora, ON

"Remember the Great Ontario Ice Storm of 2013? Kenora was right in the middle of it, breaking its own records for freezing temperatures. Yes, it’s cold here."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️ 🌡️🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥🔥

6. Val-D'Or, QC

"Of the larger Canadian cities, it takes the award for most total days with snowfall—103. Oh, and it’s pretty chilly, too. But residents don’t let the average January temp of – 17° C keep them indoors."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️ 🌡️🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥🔥
  • Worst of the Worst: 🏅

5. Thompson, MB

"Get used to being snowed in, because Thompson sees some of the province’s worst early storms, with an average 24 cm of snow in October! Winter temps [also] reach a frigid – 24° C."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️ 🌡️🌡️🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥🔥

4. Yellowknife, NT

"Of Canada’s larger cities, Yellowknife has the longest snow cover season and the most severe wind chill."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️ 🌡️🌡️🌡️🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥🔥🔥
  • Worst of the Worst: 🏅

3. Inuvik, NT

"Inuvik is about as far north as it gets—so far north, there’s an entire month of darkness in December. When the sun first returns, it’s for a scant 40 minutes at a time."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️ 🌡️🌡️🌡️🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥

2. Beaver Creek, YT

"It’s official: This is the coldest place in Canada. On February 3, 1947 at the Snag, YT weather station, the mercury dipped to – 63° C—and that remains the lowest temperature ever recorded not only in Canada, but in all of North America."

  • Let It Snow: ❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️ 🌡️🌡️🌡️🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥
  • Worst of the Worst: 🏅

1. Beaver Lake, NU

"It’s the real blizzard capital of Canada. The average temperature of – 32° C is no joke, and there are upwards of 20 blizzards per winter—so many, the locals built a 'snow fence' to control the massive drifts, which can grow higher than 3 m"

  • Let It Snow: ❄️❄️
  • Frostbite Factor: 🌡️ 🌡️🌡️🌡️🌡️
  • The Great Indoors: 🔥
  • Worst of the Worst: 🏅

Read the full descriptions for each city on Expedia.ca's Travel Blog.

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