Sunshine in Canadian Cities: Average Hours & Days a Year

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The tables here list the average amount of sun that major cities in Canada get a year. The numbers allow you to compare the annual total hours and days of sunshine for large Canadian urban areas.

Each city has three measures of sunshine. The number for % Sun is the usual percentage of daylight hours with bright sunshine. Hours gives the total hours of bright sunshine that's normal during a year. Days statistics are for the typical number of days annually with any amount of measurable sunshine. All the data are averages for the years 1981 to 2010.

Total annual sunshine
% Sun City Hours Days
40 Abbotsford, British Columbia 1887 285
52 Calgary, Alberta 2396 333
50 Edmonton, Alberta 2345 325
42 Guelph, Ontario 1948 299
43 Halifax, Nova Scotia 1962 290
45 Hamilton, Ontario 2111 301
40 Kelowna, British Columbia 1949 304
42 Kingston, Ontario 1959 296
38 London, Ontario 1793 286
44 Moncton, New Brunswick 2002 293
44 Montréal, Quebec 2051 305
45 Ottawa, Ontario 2084 304

Average amount of sunshine a year
% Sun City Hours Days
43 Peterborough, Ontario 1999 296
41 Québec City, Quebec 1916 290
50 Regina, Saskatchewan 2318 322
49 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 2268 319
40 Sherbrooke, Quebec 1567 296
43 St. Catharines - Niagara, Ontario 2023 301
43 St. John, New Brunswick 1947 283
35 St. John's, Newfoundland 1633 272
42 Sudbury, Ontario 1973 293
46 Thunder Bay, Ontario 2121 305
44 Toronto, Ontario 2066 305
41 Vancouver, British Columbia 1938 289
44 Victoria, British Columbia 2109 308
51 Winnipeg, Manitoba 2353 316
Reference

Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. 1981-2010 Climate Normals & Averages.

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