Debunking The Myths Of Calgary Winters
For people outside of Alberta, there is a misconception that Canadian winters, especially ours here in Calgary, are much like those seen in Hollywood movies — long, dark and never ending.
While this winter may have been exceptionally rough, as was the case throughout most of Canada and even the United States, on average, Calgary winters are relatively mild when compared to Edmonton and other Northern Alberta cities.
Calgary, while not in a cold spell, usually bounces around at or above freezing throughout the winter months. In the middle of winter, Calgary enjoys intermittent days of warm, beautiful weather. We owe this to our Chinooks that bring along with them sunshine, warm air and thawing of epic proportions. If you do find yourself in Calgary during one of our famous “chinook breaks”, be sure to have plenty of windshield washer fluid on hand. The fun thing about this is that locals can be seen during these times filling their tanks in flip flops and shorts. Yes, even in February.
Native Calgarians have a saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Calgary, just wait five minutes.” It’s not unheard of for us to experience all four seasons of weather here in a single day. You can be skiing in the mountains while feeling heat equivalent to summer sunshine on your face, making for an awesome quick weekend getaway.
As spring comes, aside from winter sports, you can see everything else there is to love about this city. The summers are beautiful, and there are plenty of parks, festivals and outdoor areas to enjoy. Calgary usually averages around 23 degrees in July, making for a wonderful summer. The weather is yet another reason this city is unique and although we sometimes complain about the cold and snow, it’s not enough to drive us away as year after year, we stay and play!