The best times to visit Northern Quebec for ideal weather are

October 22nd to June 3rd

or

October 22nd to December 16th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Northern Quebec Travel Info

Weather in Northern Quebec

Temperature

Average temperatures in Northern Quebec vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 26th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Northern Quebec, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 68.4°F (20.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 47.6°F (8.7°C) at night.

Northern Quebec Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Northern Quebec Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Northern Quebec Perceived Temperature (F)

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Northern Quebec Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Northern Quebec Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan -3.5 -12.2 -21.2
Feb -3.3 -13.1 -22.2
Mar 6.7 -4.5 -14.7
Apr 24 14 4
May 39.4 31.1 23.5
Jun 61 48.5 37.3
Jul 65.8 55.2 45.8
Aug 65.4 54.9 46
Sep 51.7 42.8 35.6
Oct 39.4 33 27.4
Nov 24.4 18.1 10.7
Dec 9.1 1.2 -6.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -19.7 -24.6 -29.6
Feb -19.6 -25.1 -30.1
Mar -14.1 -20.3 -25.9
Apr -4.4 -10 -15.6
May 4.1 -0.5 -4.7
Jun 16.1 9.2 2.9
Jul 18.8 12.9 7.7
Aug 18.6 12.7 7.8
Sep 10.9 6 2
Oct 4.1 0.6 -2.6
Nov -4.2 -7.7 -11.8
Dec -12.7 -17.1 -21.5

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Northern Quebec are January, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 2nd.

When can you find snow in Northern Quebec? Weather stations report a good amount of seasonal snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to late February and early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Northern Quebec is often around around February 12th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Northern Quebec.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Northern Quebec (in).

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Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 0% 2.3 0.1
Feb 2% 2.6 0.2
Mar 4% 2.6 0.4
Apr 4% 1.1 0.3
May 8% 0.8 0.7
Jun 12% 0.4 1.1
Jul 27% 0 2.9
Aug 21% 0 2.8
Sep 19% 0.4 2.2
Oct 11% 0.9 1.3
Nov 8% 0.9 1.1
Dec 6% 1.5 1.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 0 5.8 0.3
Feb 2 6.6 0.5
Mar 4 6.6 1
Apr 4 2.8 0.8
May 8 2 1.8
Jun 12 1 2.8
Jul 27 0 7.4
Aug 21 0 7.1
Sep 19 1 5.6
Oct 11 2.3 3.3
Nov 8 2.3 2.8
Dec 6 3.8 3.3

 

Humidity and Wind

Northern Quebec has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is June (56.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (80.3%).

Wind in Northern Quebec is usually moderate. The windiest month is September, followed by November and October. September’s average wind speed of around 9.8 knots (11.3 MPH or 18.2 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late April where average top sustained speeds reach 17.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Northern Quebec.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 7.2 Gentle breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Feb 6.8 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Mar 8.1 Gentle breeze 14.5 Significant breeze
Apr 8.6 Gentle breeze 15.3 Significant breeze
May 8.9 Gentle breeze 15.6 Significant breeze
Jun 8.4 Gentle breeze 14.5 Significant breeze
Jul 8.7 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze
Aug 7.9 Gentle breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Sep 9.8 Gentle breeze 15.8 Significant breeze
Oct 9 Gentle breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
Nov 9.1 Gentle breeze 14.9 Significant breeze
Dec 8 Gentle breeze 13.8 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 64.4%
Feb 62.1%
Mar 62.9%
Apr 70.3%
May 68.4%
Jun 56.3%
Jul 64.2%
Aug 68.6%
Sep 71.8%
Oct 79.3%
Nov 80.3%
Dec 73.2%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Northern Quebec?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Canada; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 07, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Northern Quebec, Canada is July, followed by August and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Northern Quebec in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 47.2 in December means 47.2% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Northern Quebec Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 48.6°F (9.2°C) and -4.2°F (-20.1°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 4 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Northern Quebec, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 56°F (13.3°C) and 16.4°F (-8.7°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Northern Quebec to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 13.7°F (-10.2°C) and -8.1°F (-22.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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