It is true that Canadian winters can get very cold. Depending on where you choose to settle in Canada, you may find temperatures as low as -30 degrees. This can be a hard temperature to imagine, especially if you are used to a much warmer climate and find anything below 20 degrees rather cold.
Do not worry, in Canada you will be able to find all of the clothing and accessories that you need to make it through the winter with ease. Here is what you need to stay warm!
1. A winter jacket
It is best that you wait until you arrive in Canada to buy your winter jacket. The clothes here are designed, tried and tested for the Canadian winter. They will be thick and comfortable and much better suited to the extreme temperatures in Canada.
When choosing a winter jacket, you need to make sure that it has a hood and is of good enough quality to last you a long time. When it comes to winter jackets, you really do get what you pay for.
2. Winter boots
These are another essential item for the Canadian winter. Even though the roads and sidewalks are salted on a regular basis to help prevent a buildup of ice and snow, you will still need a warm pair of shoes with good grip.
Attempting to walk around in the snow in sneakers will be uncomfortable and dangerous as you could slip and fall quite easily. The best advice is to take it slow and steady until you get your snow legs.
Winter boots do a lot more than provide grip between your feet and the icy and snowy ground. You can lose a lot of heat through your feet, as the ground is so cold. You should keep an eye out for boots that have a thick lining that will lock the heat in, while also allowing your feet to breathe.
3. A Winter hat
If you’re a new immigrant and have never experienced temperatures below 0, then it may come as a bit of a shock at how cold your head can get without a hat. In Canada, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to winter headwear. Warm hats come in all shapes, sizes and colours. The most popular is what Canadians call a toque. A toque is a woolen hat that covers the top of your head, sometimes with a pom on the end of it for decoration. When shopping for winter hats, be sure to get one that covers your ears, as these can get very cold as well.
Without gloves your fingers can get very cold indeed. You can always put them in the nice warm pockets of your winter coat to stay warm, but if you need to carry anything, or hold the hand of one of your children, you will both need gloves.
5. A scarf or muffler
Protecting your neck from the cold will make walking around outside much more comfortable, these are cheap and readily available. They also make great gifts for family and friends at this time of year.
6. A good attitude
Okay, so this one isn’t an item of clothing, but when it comes to the Canadian winter, provided you wrap up warm, you can have a lot of fun outdoors. You’ll be surprised how quickly you make the adjustment to enjoying temperatures that you never thought possible. There are many festivals and activities throughout the winter, so try to make the most of your first winter in Canada. Before immigrating, make sure you deal with all of the necessary legal documentation with an immigration lawyer first, then you can enjoy your winter with the best attitude possible!