Inspired by this Thrillist article ranking all 50 U.S. states from best to worst winter, we took a stab at ranking our own provinces.
*Note: We based this on where the bulk of the population lives in a province. Northern Quebec is basically the arctic but very few people live there compared to Montreal and Quebec City. Northern BC can have tough winters but most of BC’s population lives in the south. Each province has harsher, more northerly sections but most of the residents will never visit there so it doesn’t make sense to base a list on those parts of the province. When people think “Ontario”, they’re not thinking of the part that’s touching Manitoba. If you live there, sorry. We’re sure your winters are terrible.*
8. BC – It goes without saying. They’re the softest people ever. People move there to escape winter and then still complain about what little winter they get. #VancouverSoft
7. Ontario – Let’s be honest, we’re talking about Toronto here, because they’re the centre of the universe. But Toronto is south of NORTHERN CALIFORNIA! How hard can winter be..? Their argument? “It’s a damp cold”, the last refuge of every soft person who can’t handle a bit of winter.
6. Quebec – Growing up in Toronto, Seanna remembers thinking that Quebec got freaking cold. Then she looked it up… The average temperature is -6… “I grew up a soft person. I’ve hardened a little bit.” – Seanna
5. Atlantic Provinces – It gets friggen cold and they get a tonne of snow each year, but Seanna has friends who moved there from Toronto and they didn’t die so…
4. Alberta – If we were only talking about the part of the province north of Red Deer, Alberta would rank higher. It SUCKS up there in the winter. But Chinooks and the rocky mountains certainly make winter more bearable and therefore, bring down the average of awful for Alberta.
3.Territories – What? Bear with me (’cause they have polar bears, get it?). Length, temperature, darkness, depression – the territories win every category hands down. But people who call the territories home are cut from different stuff than the rest of us. If you live there you’re probably either Inuit, in which case your people have somehow survived there for thousands of years, or you or ancestors visited and thought “yeah this is nice. I think we’ll stay here”, in which case you’re completely bonkers.
2.Saskatchewan – The way Beckler describes a Saskatchewan winter to someone who’s never experienced one is like this – “It’s so cold it physically hurts, and at times it’s even a bit scary. You think “if I were to get stuck outside, I would die.” -56 (with windchill) is the coldest day I’ve experienced. We went to church.”
1. Manitoba – Manitoba edges Saskatchewan for a couple reasons – Winnipeg is the coldest major city in Canada. Manitoba has actual polar bears. It’s also Manitoba. Winter in Manitoba is basically one long “FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU”