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View Poll Results: How do you rate Canada for climate?
0 1 1.59%
1 7 11.11%
2 8 12.70%
3 10 15.87%
4 9 14.29%
5 3 4.76%
6 4 6.35%
7 9 14.29%
8 3 4.76%
9 4 6.35%
10 5 7.94%
Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-01-2012, 11:35 PM
 
Location: In transition
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On a scale of 1-10, how do you rate Canada for range of desirable climates?
0 being has absolutely no redeeming climatic qualities.. 10 being it has all the climates that you would love with no climates that you would hate...
So where do you rate my home and native land?
Unfortunately, I'm going to have to rate it a 0 due to the fact there are really no climates in this country that are appealing to me in the least
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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10.. because it has some of the best climates for me, especially the Windsor - Quebec City corridor, and the Atlantic provinces..

I can do without most of the Prairies and Territories though.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:54 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I gave it a 3. Main drawbacks are of course severe winters/short growing season, much of it surprisingly cloudy for a continental climate, even it's 'better' climates are pretty severe or undesirable. Nowhere which has beach weather, unless you count the Great Lakes on a hot day.

Pluses, it's continental nature means summers are decently warm over most of the country for it's latitude. And of course it's a big country (although low diversity for it's size, due to latitude). Even the highest rated climates, probably Windsor, ON or Victoria, BC, would receive no more than a 4 on my rating.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:55 PM
 
Location: New York City
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4. While not great, the warmer parts of Canada are perfectly livable, decent even.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Dalby, Queensland
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I'll give it a 1. The winters are too cold over all the country, and generally summers too. But I didn't give it a 0 because some places have reasonable summer temperatures for the latitude.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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10 for the country AND the climate. Enough variation, but all at the cool to cold end of the scale. No (true) subtropical or tropical climates here.

St. Johns is probably my favourite Canadian climate due to the snow and lack of extreme cold/heat but others such as Winnipeg (dynamic, warm summer with occasional forays into the -30's and -40's in winter but not for long) and Vancouver (beautiful sunny mild summer) have their merits. When scenery is factored in, western Canada is definitely preferred, so somewhere like Golden BC would be ideal for me as Van is annoyingly warm in winter. If you're going to Canada you must experience a nice cold snowy winter imo.
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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3.

Mostly just too cold and cloudy although places such as Calgary and Winnipeg do get around 2,400 sunshine hours per year, if you tolerate the harsh winters!
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:51 AM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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About a 3, some redemption in the sunnier parts. But far too cold overall.
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:03 AM
 
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I'll rate it an 8, 2 points off for summers being too hot
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Laurentia
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I'd rate it a 7 on your scale. It has multiple areas of great climates, namely parts of interior BC and southern Labrador, as well as the coast near Sept-Iles and parts of Newfoundland. All of northern Canada isn't too bad, and the climate near Winnipeg/Thunder Bay is good. The entirety of the BC coast, most of southern interior BC as well as southern Ontario is way too warm in Winter, and Alberta and Saskatchewan have chinook winds which are very unappealing to me. In addition interior BC is too hot, outside of tolerance, in Summer. The Quebec/Montreal region is good in winter, but summers are too hot. In fact most of Canada excluding the far north, the immediate BC coastline and parts of the interior, and Labrador/Sept-Iles/Northern Newfoundland have summers that are too hot for my taste. However many of these too-hot places have summers that aren't bad and that I could tolerate well.

So overall, multiple areas of great climates, some areas of good climates, wide areas of decent climates, and significant portions have bad or subpar climates. A good country climate-wise, but you could do better. Alaska, for instance, would receive higher marks from me, probably 8 or 9. I'd give a 10/10 for Northern Scandinavia, and Alaska ex-the Panhandle and Aleutians.
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