Top 5 Worst Canadian Winters
November 22, 2017
With meteorologists predicting that this winter will bring with it above normal snowfall and normal (in other words, freezing) temperatures to most of Canada, in scholarly preparation, let’s take a look back at the top five worst Canadian winters in recorded history (we admit: opinions may vary).
Not so long ago, we had a nasty winter spread across the country in the form of a polar vortex. Manitoba had its coldest temperatures in 35 years, much of the Great Lakes were covered in ice (which hadn’t taken place for decades), and Regina broke a 130-year-old record: -36° C. Toronto had almost three months of consecutive snow on the ground, and in a town in Newfoundland and Labrador, it snowed 26 days in the month of December. Let’s hope we’ve got a few more years before we have a repeat of all that.
During this winter season, Southern Ontario and Quebec were hammered with close to 40 cm of snow in two days, and Ottawa set a single snowfall record of 35.7 cm. And it wasn’t just snow that pummelled the area: In February, high winds and ice pellets with freezing rain blasted Southern Ontario for several days.
Referred to as White Juan, a blizzard with the strength of a hurricane hit Nova Scotia with a metre of snow, and caused the province to declare a state of emergency. Winds of up to 80 km/h dropped visibility down to near zero. Prince Edward Island and parts of New Brunswick were also affected. *In a runner up, it’s also worth mentioning that in 2015, almost 75 cm of snow was dumped on Nova Scotia, beating many of the records set from White Juan.*
In January of this year, 100 mm of ice glazed over Montreal after five days of snow, freezing rain, and ice pellets. Over one million people were left without power in parts of Quebec and eastern Ontario due to this storm. Tragically, 25 people lost their lives, and nearly $3 billion was spent on cleanup.
We can only hope this winter season won’t wallop us too badly. But out of an abundance of caution, ensure your home is winter ready both inside and out. And if you need assistance after a snowstorm, please give us a call at 1-855-DKI-2Day.