© TQ/J.-F. Hamelin

Winter

Enjoy winter to the fullest!

Each year from November to March, Québecers embrace an invigorating season. And since snow doesn't last forever, better make the most of it while it’s around! Whether the weather is frosty, foggy, fabulously snowy or dazzlingly sunny, any time is the right time for fun and festivities. Discover the many exhilarating and imaginative ways Québecers make the most of winter! Skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dogsledding or ice fishing? Make your choice!

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean © TQ/J.-F. Hamelin
Québec City © TQ/J.-F. Hamelin

Staying warm

Starting in November, the temperature hovers around freezing and the chances of snowfall increase correspondingly. From mid-December to mid-March, the temperature ranges from -5 °C to -20 °C but can change without warning within a 24-hour period. 

 

 

Average temperatures in ºC

(January)

    Snowfall  

(cm)

Montréal -10 185
Québec -12 300
Gaspé -10 318
Kuujjuaq -24 255
Rouyn-Noranda -18 281
Saguenay -15 252
 

Dressing for winter

To enjoy winter in Québec, it’s important to know how to dress to stay warm. Having the right clothes ensures that you have a good time when you’re going out and taking part in activities. Warm clothing made of wool or technical fibres is your best option; polyester and cotton will retain body moisture and be less effective at retaining heat.

We recommend layering when participating in outdoor activities like skiing, skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. That way you can add or take off layers to regulate your body temperature during the activity or as the temperature changes. A waterproof, windproof coat lined with an insulating layer is ideal. For particularly cold days, you will also need lined pants or thermal underwear to wear under your pants.

To protect your feet from the cold, it’s crucial that you have warm, waterproof boots Like with other clothes, wool or technical fibre socks are preferable to polyester ones. Also plan on bringing a wool hat (e.g. a beanie or a toque), a scarf, and warm mittens or gloves.

Collines Kékéko, Abitibi-Témiscamingue © TQ/M. Dupuis

Snowy season discoveries

Designed to maximize the joys of winter, the Village on ice in Roberval rises each winter on the frozen surface of Lac Saint-Jean.