SPRING: (March, April, May)
Quebec’s Spring normally is still chilly but can bring a mix of sunshine and rain. By the end of spring, the days can be reaching the low 60°F’s but will always be chilly at night. It’s best to always wear jeans, sweaters, a waterproof boot, and carry an interchangeable winter jacket which can double as a rain jacket. One day it could be beautiful, the next it could be rainy and cold. Generally speaking, spring is the ideal season to pack layers, so you can layer up on those chilly days, layer down on the sunny days, and find a happy medium on rainy days.
SUMMER: (June, July, August)
People in Quebec take full advantage of the nice weather in the summer. After a frigid winter and chilly spring, you will see all of Quebec outside and making the most of these long and warm days. It’s best to bring lightweight breathable clothing, such as jeans, shorts, dresses, t-shirts, blouses, a button-down, and a light jacket. Although the weather is beautiful, there is still a need for a light jacket or sweater on those breezy nights.
This time of year, you can have a bit more fun with shoes, ditching the boots and incorporating sandals, fashionable sneakers, and maybe a dress shoe into the occasion. But never let Quebec fool you, there always chances of showers or a chilled night, be prepared.
FALL: (September, October, November)
Fall is just as beautiful as summer with the leaves changing, humidity low, and warm days. From the end of October through November it does start to drop dramatically in temperature, so once again bring layers and options. This is the perfect time to pack jeans, t-shirts, the ever so popular flannel, and light rain jacket, pair it with vans and get ready to go apple picking or see the changing of the trees.
WINTER: (December, January, February)
Winters in Quebec are by far the coldest months you will have to endure. The daylight hours are short, and the air is bitterly cold. You can expect snow, snow, snow, lots of ice, rain, or a combination of them all at the same time. Winter in Quebec is no walk in the park. It is essential that you bring warm layers, like thermal layers, warm pants, thick sweaters, hats, mittens/gloves, scarf, warm socks, heavy coat, and really good boots for snow and ice.
You can not wear enough layers in Quebec; remember to bring sunglasses too, just because it’s cold doesn’t mean the sun doesn’t shine.
Dressing appropriately for the Activity – (Click to expand)
Dining and Nightlife – Most people in Quebec tend to eat a little later, so bring a light jacket to keep you warm on those summer nights. This is the time where I would try to look a bit smarter. In the summer wear a nice dress, pretty sandals, and purse, while men can get away with tailored jeans, a patterned button-down, and blazer. This is the time to wear the best your closet has to offer.
Snow Sports – There are many fabulous skiing areas in Quebec to choose from, so start packing so you can experience them firsthand. This is the time to pack for cold weather, with warm layers, snow pants, waterproof snow jackets, waterproof insulated gloves, and hats. Activewear tops are perfect because they are breathable and long johns are essential and highly suggest a balaclava for those extra chilly days.
Hiking – Quebec is home to some beautiful national parks and hiking trails, that you don’t want to miss. The scenery is spectacular so be sure to bring hiking pants, an activewear top, hiking boots, a baseball hat, an interchangeable jacket, and a backpack to carry essential in. Be sure to bring insect repellent in the bag so you can enjoy the captivating views and wildlife.
Water Sports – In the middle of summer you have to go to some of the lakes and reservoirs and beaches in Quebec. Locals make the most of the summer either relaxing by the water or enjoying some water sports. Make sure to pack a swimsuit, cover-up or breathable clothes, flip flops, hat, and a dry bag to keep your belongings dry. Always wear sunblock and don’t forget your sunnies.
City Tours – While Quebec’s nature and outdoor activities are amazing the cities are just as vibrant. With Montreal and Quebec City being the biggest. In the summer they offer festivals, amazing outdoor restaurants, cafes, and shopping. The cities are chicer and more sophisticated but still dress with comfort in mind to enjoy the sights. Jeans, shorts, casual loose layers with comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, and a nice purse, people will think you’re a local in no time. In the winter pair, it with a parka and hat and enjoy the brightly lit streets.