Former Pawn was writing about Terry Gilliam kvetching about the bleakness of Saskatchewan. Gilliam is shooting his new film there, and given his oeuvre, you’d think that dank and depressing would be just his thing. Regardless, Ms. Pawn defended Saskatchewan as “the sunniest spot in Canada”. I had always thought that Calgary claimed that title. Google, aidez-moi.
I started with a search on sunniest city in Canada. Interestingly, the municipal websites for Lethbridge and Saskatoon were returned as the first two results. More searching led me to a definitive source: Environment Canada. They have a fun section called Weather Winners, which describes the weather superlatives for Canadian cities for a bunch of categories. Here are a few highlights:
Hottest summer – Kamloops BC, 26.90 C
Coldest winter – Yellowknife NT, -28.90 C
Most freezing days – Thompson MB, 240 days (!)
Fewest freezing days – Vancouver BC, 46 days (God bless the wet coast)
Sunniest year-round – Medicine Hat AB, 2512.90 hours
Least sunshine year-round – Prince Rupert BC, 1229.10 hours
Most sunny days year-round – Calgary AB, 333 days
Fewest sunny days year-round – Prince Rupert BC, 250 days
I don’t know where Saskatoon and Regina rank among sunniest cities, but the title apparently goes to Calgary or Medicine Hat.