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What Are The Best Winter Tires For Trucks In Ontario’s Snowbelt Region?

If you’ve ever spoken to a TIRECRAFT technician, you know that when it comes to choosing winter tires for trucks, best is a subjective term that means something different to every driver.

Tire design is a balancing act; some performance features (e.g. fuel economy, reduced road noise, winter rubber compounds and 3D siping) are only available at the expense of others, meaning no single product gets straight-As across the board.

But while there may not be a universal “best,” there is definitely a “best” for you, and our team can help you find it.

If snow and ice performance are at the top of your tire feature wishlist, today’s post is for you. Read on to learn which products aced the Automobile Protection Association’s icy track tests to earn the title of “best winter tires for trucks,” or contact your local TIRECRAFT to begin a free winter truck tire consultation.

What Are The Best Winter Tires For Trucks In Ontario’s Snow Belt Region?

Looking for heavy-duty winter truck tires? You’re not alone.

Many of our customers live and work in, or commute through, Ontario’s snow belt region, which includes the eastern shore of Lake Superior from Sault Ste. Marie northward to Wawa, as well as the eastern and southern shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay from Parry Sound to London.

As the name suggests, these areas get blasted by lake-effect snow all season long, creating truly frigid road conditions that require specialty seasonal tires to overcome.

But not all winter truck tires are created equally. To find the best truck tires for heavy-duty winter driving—those that provided the best braking control and traction in serious snow and ice—the Automobile Protection Association (APA) teamed up with two of Quebec’s consumer authorities on winter tires, Michel Poirier-Degoy and Jean-Francois Guay, to create an evaluation protocol complete with icy, instrumented track testing and real driver feedback.

After multiple rounds of testing using Ford F150 and Ram 1500 pickups, the APA praised the following top performers:

  • The Bridgestone Blizzak DM V2, which provided a soft ride with “superior acceleration, traction, and braking,” thanks to 13/32 inch tread depth.
  • The Yokohama IceGuard G075, which provided “predictable performance on snow and ice,” even at high speeds, while keeping as quiet as a whisper on pavement.
  • The Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT, which gave strong performances “on a variety of winter road surfaces,” and lost points only for being a bit on the pricey side.
  • The Dunlop Winter Maxx SJ8, which provided “good acceleration and cornering grip on ice and snow,” although with excellent tire life.

Browse All The Best Winter Tires For Trucks At Your Local TIRECRAFT

We carry all the best winter tires for trucks under one roof, and our national warranty program helps you get even more for your money. To begin your free, personalized winter truck tire consultation, get in touch with a TIRECRAFT tech near you.


Guay, F., & Poirier-Defoy, M. (2020). APA’s 2019-2020 Ratings of Winter Tires for Pickups and large SUVs. Automobile Protection Association.