flowering plums by the entrance to the Kappa dorm on the Vermilion campus
Everywhere has 4 seasons, but in some places--such as the Canadian Prairies--those seasons are distinctly different.

We definitely have 4 seasons in this part of the world. Our temperatures can vary over 70 degrees between the highs of summer and lows of winter. For example, winter can be colder than -40º C, with or without a wind chill, and summer can reach highs of over 30º C. Those are the extremes.

Don't let the cold get you down--we have lots of hours of sunshine, even in the winter.

And because we have winter, we do know how to have fun outside. Part of your experience here should include trying a winter sport.

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Vermilion, Alberta and Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan are about 65 km apart, so their weather is similar.

Classified as humid continental climate the region has wide temperature variations, warm summers and no dry season. Here are some weather facts:
  • Environment Canada rates Alberta #1 for having the best overall climate.
  • The average temperature range for the Lakeland communities over the last decade was between -19ºC and 23ºC. Temperatures are rarely below -31ºC or above 29ºC
  • In Alberta, summer temperatures normally range from 20 to 25 ºC (68 to 77ºF) can reach the mid to upper 30s.
  • The driest and coldest months in Alberta are January and February. Normal low nighttime temperatures range from -15 to -25ºC (5 to -13ºF).
  • Winter temperatures can drop as low as -30 to -40ºC (-22 to -40ºF) for short periods of time.
  • Because of our location, we get a lot of hours of daylight. The shortest day is December 21 with about 7:30 hours of daylight. The longest day is June 20 with just over 17 hours of daylight.
  • We're also known as sunny Alberta because we have the most hours of sunlight in Canada. About half of every day is sunny, and about 325 days of the year see sun in central Alberta.Typically Alberta has more than 2,300 hours of sunshine each year.
  • Our winter weather forecasts often include a wind chill value. This tells you what the temperature feels like including the effects of the wind.
  • Alberta has relatively low humidity, especially compared to central Canada.

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Since the academic year includes all of our winter, you need to be prepared for the cold weather and snow. This may mean purchasing a suitable coat, footwear, scarf and mitten/gloves once you arrive in Canada. If you've never had thermal underwear before, you also may be purchasing a set.

Typically, our climate is dry, rather than humid. This means a fall/spring jacket is a good idea. Because there is so much sunshine, you may think it's warmer than it is during the fall and spring. Summer evenings can also be significantly cooler than daytime.

For more information, see the  what to wear page.

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If you haven't experienced snow before, you will. And you'll also have the opportunity to play outside in activities as simple as building a snowman or tobogganing down a skill, or as vigorous as cross country skiing, snow shoeing or ice skating.

You may also want to take in some of our favorite winter sports such as ice hockey and curling.

You will see people jog, bike and walk during the winter. The key is dressing properly for the temperature.

Yes, it's cold

polar bear

...but we don't have polar bears roaming anywhere near Lakeland College. If you are here over the winter, you'll need the right kind of outer wear including winter coat, boots, scarf, mittens or gloves.

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Class of 2015 tells their Lakeland story

International grads share their Lakeland experience in this video.

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