Cape Breton experiences four distinct seasons – each with their own unique charm. Spring launches a renewal season, as the winter melts away, flowers pop up and blossoms arrive on the trees. Average temperature is between 10-20 degrees Celsius, although the evenings are cooler. July, August and September are the summer months. During this warmest time of the year the temperature is usually between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. As the calendar flips into October, so too do the leaves slide into a new colour scheme. The brilliant Fall palate of red, gold, yellow and orange attract people from around the world. This natural phenomenon provides a stunning backdrop to Cape Breton’s already breath-taking landscapes.

Winter creates perhaps one of the biggest challenges for students used to warmer climates. It does get quite cold. Starting the end of November until the middle of March, temperatures can range from 0 to minus 30 degrees Celsius. Those very cold days are typically just during a brief “cold snap” in January or February. Fear not! Snow and winter adventures are among the favorite memories of many students.

What clothes to pack?

When packing your clothes, don’t worry about bringing winter coats, boots, scarfs, etc. There are plenty of stores where you can buy everything you’ll need for year-round weather. Arrive with a sweater or two and a jacket – and you can build the rest of your wardrobe from here.