Find out how to dress for winter in Canada, so you can make the most of the colder weather.
If you’ve moved to Canada from abroad, then you may be about to encounter colder weather than you’ve ever experienced before.
In fact, “will it be cold over there?” is probably one of the first questions people asked you while you planned your move.
The exact answer depends on where you’re living. Daytime temperatures in Vancouver in winter are generally above freezing and are similar to Western Europe, though it can be rainy.
But in other regions popular with newcomers, temperatures can fall as low as -40°C, sometimes even -50°C or -60°C. And even then, the severity of the temperature can depend on the wind, as -30°C on a calm day may be more comfortable than -10°C being blasted into your face on a blustery day.
Yes, you could stay indoors. And yes, cities like Edmonton and Toronto have underground walkways weaving through the city, designed to keep you warm.
But you’re going to have to head outdoors at some stage, and when you do, it’s good to be prepared.
It’s tempting to buy one expensive puffy coat, put it on as you head out the door, and use it as an easy solution to beat the colder temperatures.
But in practice, you’re going to need to account for a wide variety of temperatures – even within the same day.
A series of layers means you can regulate your temperature and adjust your clothing accordingly as you move from outdoors to indoors.
Add a sweater and trousers to your initial layer, and consider adding a thicker sweater or winter coat, and perhaps ski trousers. Invest in some good quality boots, and consider anti-skid soles so you can walk on icy footpaths.
When it’s really cold, you may even want to put on some thermal underwear too.