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Rocher Percé. Photo : Studio du Ruisseau

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)
Gaspé (Cap-des-Rosiers) -10.0/14 -12.0/10.4 -5.6/21.9
Québec (downtown) -11.6/11.1 -9.7/14.5 -3.3/26.1
Montréal
(Rivière-des-Prairies)
-10.8/12.6 -9.3/15.3 -3.3/26.1
Saguenay (Chicoutimi) -16.2/2.8 -13.7/7.3 -6.7/19.9
Eastern Townships (Magog) -10.5/13.1 -8.1/17.4 -3.4/25.9
Mont Hog's back, Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs.
Mont Hog’s back, Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs. Photo: Steve Deschênes

Average snowfall

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)
Gaspé (Cap-des-Rosiers) 375
Québec (downtown) 256
Montréal (Rivière-des-Prairies) 141
Saguenay (Chicoutimi) 140
Eastern Townships (Magog) 212
Raquetteurs sur le mont Sainte-Anne à Percé
Percé. Photo: Roger St-Laurent, photographe

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.

Motoneige dans les Chic-Chocs
Photo: Roger St-Laurent Photographe

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!

Skieurs dans le parc national de la Gaspésie
Parc national de la Gaspésie. Photo: Roger St-Laurent, photographe

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.

Would you like to make the most of the record amounts of snow found in Gaspésie? Be in the loop! Plan your trip at tourisme-gaspesie.com today. #gaspesiewinter

*Source: Ministère de l’Environnment et Lutte contre les changements climatiques, data for winter 2018/2019

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