The weather is cold and you'll likely run into snow, but if you're prepared and have packed appropriately, you can still enjoy city walking and lots of outdoor activities.
In fact, just before and just after Christmas offers visitors some of the best opportunities for airfare and hotel bargains. Even if December wasn't really on your radar as a month to visit (the majority of visitors who aren't skiers come in the summer), give it some consideration. In many ways, you'll get to experience Canada in a unique and authentic way. There will be lots of outdoor festivals but plenty of indoor activities as well.
If you are coming for the skiing, early December is a great time to catch a bargain.
Average December Temperature (Low/High)
Not everywhere in Canada is freezing cold in December. The West Coast enjoys a relatively mild climate, with Vancouver, Victoria and other coastal cities getting little or no snow.
- Vancouver, BC: 34/43ºFahrenheit (1/6ºCelsius)
- Edmonton, AB: 1/21ºF, (-17/-6ºC)
- Yellowknife, NWT: -17/-2ºF, (-27/-19ºC)
- Inukjuak, NU: -6/-27ºF, (-21/-33ºC)
- Winnipeg, MB: 0/16ºF, (-18/-9ºC)
- Ottawa, ON: 12/27ºF, (-11/-3ºC)
- Toronto, ON: 21/32ºF, (-6/0ºC)
- Montréal:, QC: 14/28ºF, (-10/-2ºC)
- Halifax, NS: 21/34ºF, (-6/1ºC)
- St. John's, NF: 25/36ºF, (-4/2ºC)
- Enjoy holiday festivities, such as Christmas light shows.
- Ski season is under way. See The Best Places to Ski in Canada.
Good to Know
Holidays in Canada in December
- December 25 is a statutory holiday across Canada so expect most things to be closed.
- December 26, or Boxing Day, is a statutory holiday in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland & Labrador for government and most industries other than retail. Boxing Day sales on the days following Christmas are the biggest shopping days in Canada much like the day after Thanksgiving in the US.