Average Winter Temperatures and Snowfall in Gaspésie
Contrary to popular belief, temperatures in Gaspésie are essentially the same as elsewhere in Québec. However, when it comes to snow, the region experiences record levels of precipitation!
Average winter temperatures
Here are the average monthly temperatures* for several towns in Québec for the months of January, February and March in Celsius and Fahrenheit.
|Town||Jan (°C/°F)||Feb (°C/°F)||Mar (°C/°F)|
|Eastern Townships (Magog)||-10.5/13.1||-8.1/17.4||-3.4/25.9|
Here is the average snowfall* for a few towns in Québec for the months of December to March (inclusively) in centimetres. Among the towns mentioned, Gaspé receives the most snow, with 375 cm!
|Town||Average snowfall (cm)|
|Eastern Townships (Magog)||212|
Wearing layers to enjoy winter activities
Given the enormous quantity of snow that falls in Gaspésie during the winter, this region is obviously a great place to enjoy many outdoor activities. Whether you are interested in cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, downhill skiing, snowshoeing or just playing outside, the thick snow cover provides ideal conditions for outdoor winter activities.
Gaspésie also has an excellent reputation among snowmobilers, who come from all over the world to enjoy over 3000 km of marked trails with exceptional snow conditions.
To fully enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities made possible by the abundance of snow, you must know how to dress properly. After all, there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing!
Although the temperature will give you an idea of what to expect when you step outdoors, several other elements can make a difference to how cold it feels: the wind, which is especially prevalent near the coast; the altitude (the higher you go, the colder it will feel); the environment (forest, field, coastline, etc.); and, of course, how active you are outdoors. It is therefore recommended to wear several layers of clothing, since you can then adapt more easily to how cold you actually feel.
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*Source: Ministère de l’Environnment et Lutte contre les changements climatiques, data for winter 2018/2019
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