Are you a newcomer who’s about to experience your first winter wonder here in Canada? Or perhaps you’re an aspiring immigrant who just wants to get a glimpse of how to survive the freezing weather here.
In this video by Kristine of The Maple Diaries, she’s going to show you some tips on the right clothes to wear during winter, as well as where and when to buy them.
If you have kids, this video will be specially useful for you because you don’t want you and your kids to be underdressed for the weather here.
So, sit back, relax, and learn from Kristine.
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How to dress for Canadian winter: Tips for newcomers
If you have not felt a Canadian winter yet, you may be in for a surprise! In the winter, the temperature can drop below -30°, which is cold enough to be dangerous.
In this video, I’ll talk about how to prepare yourself for the great Canadian winter! I’ll also share some tips on how to stay safe, dress warm, and enjoy your first winter in Canada!
Canada is often referred to as a cold country or “the great white north.” During winter, many regions experience freezing temperatures and snow blizzards.
Weather is also one of the reasons why many newcomers decide to make their move during the spring or summer months.
Cold-weather must-haves for Canadian winters
For those of you with young children, you should be careful most especially during winter. Children should always wear warm dry clothes when they go outside in winter.
Jacket: A wind and water-resistant jacket are a must-have item when it comes to winter wear.
Headgear: A large percentage of our body heat is lost through the head so wearing a winter hat is essential. Earmuffs, scarves, and neck warmers are also nice to have on hand.
Footwear: Durable waterproof snow boots are a must for any snowy climate.
Hand protection: Look for pairs that have a warm lining and a water-proof shell.
Snow pants: If your kids are going to spend time playing in the snow or learning to skate, a pair of snow pants will keep them warm, dry, and offer a touch of protective padding in the event of any small tumbles.
- Weather app is your new BFF. Trust me, this will be your forever best friend once you live here in Canada. Canadian weather can be unpredictable. Make sure to download a weather app and check weather forecasts daily, so you know what to expect and can plan your outfits accordingly.
- Invest in the best possible winter wear with a heavy jacket Parka, thermals, winter boots, thick socks, neck warmers, beanies, you name it. Good quality winter coats tend to be expensive, but it’s worthwhile to treat it as an investment as you will be using this winter gear for many years.
- The art of layering. Dressing in layers is the key to staying warm! Trust me it wasn’t bad at all. It’s not really harsh weather, it’s bad winter gear. The first layer or base layer: You should purchase some thermal innerwear to use as your first layer. Base layers trap body heat and help you stay warm. Purchase a pair of warm leggings for the base layer. Second or middle layer: The next layer of clothing can be your regular clothes or woolen wear or a combination of both, depending on the outside temperature. Add as many second layers as you’d like, shirts, sweaters, hoodies, vests, or puff jackets – so that you stay warm and comfortable. The third layer or outer layer: During winter, you may have to wear a well-insulated jacket or snowsuit. Top it off with a thick hat, warm mittens, a neck warmer, and winter boots. When you step out in the cold, bundling up and covering your whole body is essential to avoid getting hypothermia and frostbite.
- Footwear is a life-saver! Walking on snow and ice can be tricky and dangerous. Purchasing a pair of good winter boots that are warm, slip-resistant, and waterproof is essential.
Beware of black ice or clear ice – the cause of many road accidents and personal injuries in Canada. Black ice is a thin layer of glaze ice on roads and sidewalks. Metal/rubber grippers (known as crampons) that can easily be attached to the soles and sides of your shoes or boots work well to avoid slipping on such icy roads.
Where and when to buy winter clothing?
One common mistake of some newcomers, they tend to go shopping for winter wear in their home countries. While it’s advisable to purchase some essentials to get through the initial days, you will find more variety and have access to clothing and accessories that are specifically built to withstand Canadian weather if you buy your winter gear in Canada.
In Canada, all popular retailers and brands have sales at the start and end of seasons. The Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in October, as well as the Black Friday weekend in November, are also popular times to find great deals.
Pro-tip: You can also shop in thrift and second-hand stores where you can find great deals. This is considered as one of the best options for newcomers since you also need to mind your spending while starting your new life here. It’s a nice feeling to be able to shop and donate at the same time.
Surviving the Canadian winters may seem scary, but with the right knowledge, preparation, and most importantly, the right clothing, you will be able to enjoy the fall and winter seasons like a Canadian!
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Kristine Kasselis is the creator behind The Maple Diaries, a YouTube channel where she shares her newcomer’s journey as an immigrant here in Canada. Watch more of her videos and don’t forget to subscribe.