I'm going to confess something to you today: I love winter. I love ice-skating, skiing, snowshoeing etc. I even like the pale winter sun. But, as much as I love winter, by the time March looms on the horizon, I am pretty tired of the snow. 

To make myself feel better, I whine about how difficult winter is. And nothing makes me feel better than bragging to those in warmer climes about how cold Montreal is.

Which is why I love lists like these, which rank cities by how miserable their winters are. The factors considered while compiling this list were:

  1. "Let It Snow Factor" (average snowfall): ❄️

  2. "Frostbite Factor" (how many layers one needs to wear): 🌑

  3. "The Great Indoors" (how many ways to stay warm (cafes, etc.) there are): πŸ”₯

READ ALSO: 10 Out Of 10 Coldest Places In The World Are In Canada Right Now

TL;DR Expedia compiled a list of the cities with the most miserable winters. Are you surprised by the cities on the list?

20. Terrace, British Columbia

Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: 🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

This city is on the list because, despite relatively warm winter weather, there are hard-to-believe snowstorms. In 2015, the city was buried under a meter and a half of snow in just two days.


19. Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador

Let It Snow: β„️❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Winter here is misrable because, with temperatures that hover around -4 degrees celcius, and a mix of snow and rain, it's hard to stay dry. Wet, damp winters are no fun indeed.


18. Gander, Newfoundland & Labrador

Let It Snow: β„️❄️❄️❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

This city gets an average of 443 CM OF SNOW. An AVERAGE. By comparison, Montreal gets 209cm of snow on average. According to Expedia, locals keep shovels inside so they can dig their way out of their homes after a storm.


17. Moncton, New Brunswick

Let It Snow: β„️❄️❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

In 2015, the largest city in New Brunswick got a record amount of snowfall, clocking in at around 500cm. 


16. Claresholm, Alberta

Let It Snow: β„️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑

The Great Indoors:πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

This Albertan city has hurricane-grade winds and cold temperatures. Their coldest recorded temperature was -42 degress (before windchill!).


15. Burns Lake, British Columbia

Let It Snow: ❄️❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

This city holds the record for the most snowfall in one day in Canada: 145cm! (Again, that's almost 3/4 of Canada's average yearly snowfall).


14. Thunder Bay, Ontario

Let It Snow: β„️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

The temperatures here may be incredibly cold, but that doesn't stop locals: Sundays are Winter Fundays here throughout the winter, when the town organises a bunch of fun winter activities.


13. Saguenay, Quebec

Let It Snow: β„️❄️❄️❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

This Quebec city, the first featured on the list, is known for its bitterly cold winter. The only major city (a city of more than 100,000 people) colder than this one is Winnipeg.


12. Fort Vermilion, Alberta

Let It Snow: β„️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯

This city has the second-lowest temperature recorded in Canada, at -60.6Β° C on January 11, 1911. It's also the oldest settlement in Alberta. 


11. Kenaston, Saskatchewan

Let It Snow: β„️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

This province has a snowman statue to celebrate its cold winters. The city self-describes as the "Blizzard Capital of Canada."


10. Winnipeg, Manitoba

Let It Snow:❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor:🌑🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

The city, which I previously mentioned for being the coldest major city in Canada, has the coldest average temperatures and the most days below freezing.


9. Kenora, Ontario

Let It Snow: ❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

It gets so cold here that mailboxes freeze shut. End of story. That's all you need to know.


8. Val-D'Or, Quebec

Let It Snow: β„️❄️❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

This city experiences 103 days of snowfall. Yikes. Residents don't let the cold stop them though: they are Quebecers, after all. Snowshoeing, fishing, and snowmobiling are all on the day's schedule.


7. Moosonee, Ontario

Let It Snow: β„️❄️❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

In the words of Expedia, "Moosonee has so much winter street cred, you’d almost think it was in one of the territories." The only roads here in the winter are ice roads: you have to come in by train or plane otherwise.


6. Thompson, Manitoba

Let It Snow:❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

This city sees an average of 24cm of snow... in October. Temperatures here reach -24 degrees celcius.


5. Yellowknife, Northern Territories

Let It Snow: ❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Among Canada's larger cities, Yellowknife sees the longest snow cover season and the most severe wind chill. Obviously, the territories take the prize for the most miserable winters.


4. Inuvik, Northern Territories

Let It Snow: β„️❄️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑🌑🌑

The Great Indoors:πŸ”₯

This city is so far north that they spend the whole month of December in darkness. A popular activity in this town? Indoor swimming. Who would've thought?


3. Beaver Creek, Yukon

Let It Snow: ❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯

This city holds the record for the coldest temperature ever recorded... in all of North America. On February 3, 1947 temperatures dropped to -63Β° C. WHAT. THE. HECK. 


2. Baker Lake, Nunavut

Let It Snow: β„️❄️

Frostbite Factor:  🌑🌑🌑🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯

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This city is one of the windiest in Canada, and their average temperature hovers around -32 degrees celcius. No wonder it is so close to the top of the list.


1. Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

Let It Snow: β„️❄️

Frostbite Factor: πŸŒ‘🌑🌑🌑🌑

The Great Indoors: πŸ”₯

It's so cold here that residents see a phenomenon termed "ice fog." According to Expedia, this happens when the temperature dips below 40 degress (which is done often) and creates a fog made up of tiny ice crystals.


If you're a visual person, you can look at the map below, which points out these cities on the map.

Via Expedia.ca

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