Sunniest Places in Canada
Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan form the sun belt of Canada. The swath from Calgary, Alberta to Estevan, Saskatchewan boasts over 2375 hours of bright sunshine a year.
The amount of sun shining peaks in the southeast corner of Alberta, at Manyberries.
From 1971 to 1990, the hamlet averaged 2567 hours of sunshine a year, accounting for 55 percent of its daylight period. The sunniest month at Manyberries is July, when the sun beams down for 74 percent of the daytime.
Environment Canada closed the Manyberries weather station in the 1990s. The current data, using averages for 1981 to 2010, show that the leader for sun is Medicine Hat, Alberta. The city is located 65 km (40 miles) straight north of Manyberries and is the closest weather station that now measures sunshine. Medicine Hat typically enjoys 2544 hours of sun a year.
The tables below list the sunniest places in Canada and for each province using averages from Environment Canada's 288 weather stations that measured sunshine from 1981 to 2010. The places are ranked based on the total number of hours of bright sunshine that they normally receive a year. There are also averages for the annual number of days with any amount of measurable sunshine and for the percentage of daylight hours with bright sun.
Most Hours of Sunshine in Canada
The sunniest Canadian places bask in bright sunshine for at least half of their daylight hours. Plus they see the sun on well over 300 days a year. These are the ten sunniest places in Canada where sunshine was measured from 1981 to 2010.
|2544||Medicine Hat, Alberta||330||55|
|2411||Swift Current, Saskatchewan||324||52|
Sunniest Places in Other Canadian Provinces and Territories
Here are the three sunniest places for each province, outside of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and for northern Canada. Again, the locations are ranked by the number of hours of bright sunshine they normally receive a year.
|2121||Thunder Bay, ON||305||46|
|2095||Fort St. John, BC||304||44|
|2078||Fort Simpson, NWT||283||41|
|2058||La Pocatiere, QC||300||45|
|2020||St Leonard, NB||298||44|
|1759||La Scie, NL||274||39|
|1721||Wabush Lake, NL||290||37|
|1683||Churchill Falls, NL||284||37|
Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000 Station Data. Manyberries CDA Alberta.
Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. 1981-2010 Climate Normals & Averages.