Sunshine Hours for Canadian Cities

Vancouver – Penticton – Calgary – Winnipeg – Toronto – Ottawa – Fredericton – Halifax

Canada’s more densely populated areas get approximately 2,000 hours of bright sunshine annually. (These are the locations within two or three hundred kilometres of the US border)


The prairies of central Canada enjoy three or four hundred hours more than this, while near the east coast (e.g. Halifax, Nova Scotia), annual sunshine levels are nearer 1,700 – 1,800 hours, lowered by fog coming in from the Atlantic Ocean.

Pacific Canada
British Columbia has rather dull (and wet) winters, compensated for by sunny summers.

Prairie Canada
Stretching across the centre of Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba enjoy more sunshine all year round than Canada’s other provinces.

Eastern Canada
Sunshine is better distributed than in Pacific Canada, so Toronto enjoys more winter sunshine than Vancouver but gets fewer sun hours during summer.

Average Sunshine Hours per Day Calgary vs Vancouver vs Toronto

Average Daily Sunshine Hours Canadian Cities Compared

Month Vancouver,
BC
Penticton,
BC
Calgary,
AB
Winnipeg,
MB
Toronto,
ON
Ottawa,
ON
Fredericton,
NB
Halifax,
NS
Jan. 2.0 1.3 3.8 3.9 2.8 3.3 3.9 2.9
Feb. 3.0 2.8 5.0 4.9 3.9 4.4 4.7 4.0
Mar. 4.3 4.6 5.7 5.8 5.0 5.2 4.7 4.1
Apr. 6.1 6.5 7.3 8.0 6.2 6.3 5.3 4.5
May 7.4 7.6 8.2 9.2 7.4 7.4 6.6 6.3
Jun. 7.6 8.2 9.3 9.4 8.3 8.4 7.3 7.5
Jul. 9.5 9.5 10.2 10.2 8.9 8.9 7.7 7.7
Aug. 8.6 8.9 9.1 9.0 7.8 8.0 7.3 7.2
Sep. 6.6 7.1 6.9 6.0 6.3 5.7 5.7 5.4
Oct. 4.0 4.6 5.8 4.7 4.8 4.4 4.6 4.0
Nov. 2.1 1.8 4.1 3.1 2.8 2.8 3.3 2.5
Dec. 1.8 1.2 3.6 3.2 2.4 2.6 3.3 2.1

Comments

  1. Louisa Lalonde says:

    I live in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada and I would like to know it it’s possible to have 5 to 6 hours of sun in the winter for growing plants in a south side large picture window measuring 9 feet wide by 5 feet high?
    THANK-YOU. LOUISA

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