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Snow, festivals, remote wilderness and plenty of diverse cities with lots to explore, Canada in February is a great time to visit, and you’ll be able to enjoy several benefits such as fewer crowds and lower prices (except for the ski and snowboard hills!). A trip to Canada this month offers some of the best skiing conditions and routes you will find anywhere on the planet. The lower altitude resorts are a must-visit in February; though they are nearer the ground, you’ll still have plenty of fun at Club Med’s resort in Québec, in the Charlevoix region or Banff, where the temperatures stay low and provide perfect conditions for hitting the slopes.

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Weather in Canada in February

Generalizing weather in Canada in February is not possible since it is such a huge country. But expect freezing temperatures, cold weather and lots of snow! Cities in eastern Canada such as Quebec City have an average minimum temperature of -13°C and a maximum temperature of -5°C. Whereas inland areas such as Calgary sees minimum temperatures of -9°C and a maximum of 1°C.

Coastal areas such as Vancouver tend to have milder weather conditions with temperatures ranging from 3°C minimum to 8°C maximum. With freezing temperatures and snow, the Great White North in February is ideal for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

For a detailed overview of weather in Canada in February, read our guide on the best time to visit Canada.

Why Visit Canada in February

People enjoying the view of the city from Grouse Mountain in Canada in February..
Try winter sports or simply enjoy the winter view while visiting Canada in February.

You won’t regret visiting Canada in February! There are many events to explore and sights to see, and it is low season for most of the country, apart from winter sports destinations.

  • Fewer crowds and better rates: As we mentioned, it is low season for most of the country apart from the ski slopes, so you will enjoy more space and lower rates to go sightseeing. Similarly, hotel prices in smaller inland cities tend to be lower in February. You won’t have to fight for a room or break the bank during this month.
  • Hot Chocolate Festival: Hot chocolate? Yes, please! Go to Vancouver’s month-long charity fundraiser and eat lots of tasty treats such as baked goods, ice cream and of course…hot chocolate!
  • The Toronto Light Festival: The Toronto Light Festival is a must-see if you’re traveling to Canada in February. This recent festival has light-themed art installations in the city’s Distillery District, and they are a sight to behold!
  • Rideau Canal Skateway: In Ottawa, the entire length of the Rideau Canal becomes a giant skating rink from January to late February/early March. You can choose to skate or walk along the paths of this UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Where to go and what to do

People skating at Rideau Canal Ice Skating Rink in Canada in February.
The Rideau Canal becomes a giant skating rink during winter in Canada in February.
Nathan Phillips Square with illuminated ice rink in Canada in February.
Visit Toronto - home to 100 skating rinks, during your trip to Canada in February.

Whether you’re a winter sports fan or you just want to explore, you have plenty of things to do in Canada in February. Visit Vancouver for its Hot Chocolate Festival, perfect for any foodie! Take advantage of milder climate, fewer tourists and less crowds in Vancouver. You can even see their hockey team, the Canucks, play a game. Or why not head over to Toronto – home to over 100 skating rinks! Pop by Allan Gardens to warm up and enjoy the tropics – it is an amazing conservatory filled with plants that adds a pop of color against the icy Toronto backdrop.

Since February is the peak season for skiing and other winter sports, popular places such as Whistler, Cypress Mountain, Revelstoke and Banff, among others, will be busy with bustling tourists. If you plan to ski, snowboard, or visit resort towns, best to book your accommodation in advance.

The city of Quebec also offers some amazing attractions during February in Canada. Discover their Winter Carnival. It boasts snow sculptures, ice slides and live performances, creating a real buzz around the city. If you’re a fan of poutine, you’re in luck! In February, you can enjoy their 14 Days of Poutine. That’s right poutine in all its glory! From classic to hot new takes on the Canadian classic.

Winter landscape near Vancouver where the Pacific Ocean meets the mountains in Canada in February.
With freezing weather and snow, Canada in February is ideal for winter sports such as snowboarding.

Stop off at Montreal, which has many events to keep you busy during your stay. The all-night Montreal en Lumière is an arts festival around the city and includes concerts, cooking demonstrations and a light show. If you love concerts, then you should stay for the Igloofest – a two week music festival held at Montreal Old Port. It is known as the coldest music festival and sees electro fans from all over the world.

For those looking to chase the Northern lights, head over to the Yukon to get the best view. Charlottetown is a winter wonderland in February whereas Halifax is famous for its maple treats this month. You can try your hand at Ice Hockey in Plaster Rock or witness the amazing Niagara Falls in Ontario. Canada in February does not disappoint!

What to bring

Invest in quality thermals while visiting Canada in February. Make sure to pack winter jackets and wool coats. Opt for a piece that allows you to fit plenty of layers underneath. Bring gloves, good winter boots, scarves and any necessary winter wear you need.

Visit Canada in February for fewer crowds and lower prices, so you can book an amazing hotel at a fraction of the price. Though many will choose to go skiing and snowboarding, winter in Canada offer plenty of activities to keep you busy throughout your stay.

Thinking about booking a trip? Check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Canada. Book our tailor-made tour to Canada for a personalized holiday experience. 

Published by Swechhya S, updated on December 21, 2023

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