Nearly six in ten Canadians cope with cold weather by curling up indoors and waiting for spring.

  • Four in ten Canadians like to bundle up, get outside and enjoy the winter.
  • One-third of residents enjoy hot coffee in the winter, while one-quarter prefer hot chocolate

January 5, 2023

Many parts of the country have recently experienced major drops in temperature and lots of snow. While some are pleased with the snowfall, others are not so excited. With these differences of opinion in mind, we recently asked Canadians on our national survey how they planned to cope with cold weather this winter. The results show that 58 percent prefer to curl up indoors and wait for spring, while four in ten choose to bundle up, head outside and enjoy the cold.

Residents of all genders, ages and household incomes are split between wanting to stay inside and enjoying the cold weather. However, across regions, Quebec residents are most likely to enjoy dressing warmly and getting outside compared with other provinces and territories.

We also asked Canadians to tell us their favourite drink to enjoy in the winter. One-third of residents indicate that hot coffee is their beverage of choice, while one-quarter mention hot chocolate, and one in seven say hot tea. Other drinks such as wine, beer, eggnog, hot cider, and mulled wine are each mentioned by fewer than one in ten as a preferred winter drink.

The preference for hot coffee seems to increase with age while the preference of hot chocolate decreases with age. Across regions, residents of Quebec are least likely to enjoy hot tea, and most likely to enjoy hot coffee. Among Atlantic provinces, those in New Brunswick more commonly prefer hot coffee, while those in Newfoundland are more likely to indicate hot chocolate as their favourite winter drink.

Results are from a survey conducted in partnership between Narrative Research and the Logit Group. The survey was conducted online between December 8 and 10, 2022 with 2,237 Canadians, 18 years of age or older from the Logit Group’s Canadian Omnibus. Data were weighted based on the 2016 Census, by gender, age, and region to reflect actual population distribution. As a non-probability sample (i.e., a panel sample where residents have joined a panel to share their opinions), and in accordance with CRIC Public Opinion Research Standards, a margin of error is not applied.

The questions asked were:
Winter is coming, and many parts of the country are already experiencing cold weather. What’s your favourite way to cope with cold weather?

Curling up indoors and wait until spring

Bundle up and get outside and enjoy the cold weather

And what’s your favourite drink to enjoy in the winter?

 Hot coffee

Hot chocolate

Hot tea




Hot cider

Mulled wine

None of the above

For more information, please contact:

Margaret Chapman, COO & Partner, Narrative Research – 902.493-3834,


Sam Pisani, Managing Partner, Logit Group – 416.629.4116,

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