Canada in December Weather and Event Guide

Skier in a red jacket skiing down a slop toward some trees
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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)

December Perks

Good to Know

  • December 24th is a major travel day and airports will be congested.
  • Average temperatures in Canadian provinces vary widely. Be sure to check the weather by Canadian city and province.
  • Find out about Canadian money, where to exchange currency, using ATMs, typical prices in Canada, and more.

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.

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