How to Dress For Canadian Winter: Tips for Newcomers

People say, "Canada wins the best in snow," all for the right reasons! During winters, some regions go beyond freezing (-40 degrees Celsius) temperatures and experience snow blizzards. So, if you are coming from a tropical or temperate climate, even a bright sunny day or the fall weather in Canada may feel very cold to you. 

But you shouldn’t let this piece of information scare you. Getting through your first winter in Canada can be fun if you know the right gear. Everything from magical snowfalls on winter walks to expeditious activities like skating, skiing, and sledding can make your experience memorable if you know just what to don for the cold. 

Continue reading to know how you can enjoy your first winter in Canada without worrying about safety, first aid, and other things during snowstorms and power outages. 

Common Newcomer Misconception

Before you venture into the world of hefty coats and snow boots, here's a guide to understanding some winter basics. As obvious as it sounds, selecting the right clothes and accessories that comply with your day's plan is the key to enduring a chilling winter. 

Point to remember: Planning and keeping a close eye on the weather forecast will help you dress warmer and enjoy all the activities smoothly. 

Get Ready For the Wind Chill Factor

While wind does not shape the temperature outside, it can significantly disrupt your inner temperature and overall health. It steals your body heat, making you feel colder. So, if you notice wind chill in the weather forecast, dress to ensure warmth and avoid leaving your skin exposed to freezing temperatures, including your nose and cheeks. 

Dress in Layers

First or Base Layer

The base layer of your clothing traps your body heat, enabling you to stay warm. Therefore, make a point to buy good quality thermal wear for your first layer. 

Second or Mid Layer

Depending on the temperature outside, you can wear your regular clothes or combine them with woollens to make up the second layer of your clothing. Fleece, flannel, and wool offer great insulation and warmth.

Third or Outer Layer

It is recommended to wear this layer based on the outside temperature, as your chosen clothing should be able to protect you from snow, rain, or wind. 


For Neck: Scarf or neck warmers.

For Hands: Mittens or Gloves.

For Head and Ears: Beanie, hat, toque, or earmuffs. 

For Feet: Wool-made or wool-blend socks.

Preventive Pro Tips For Newcomers

Follow these tips to enjoy the winter adventures in Canada while staying warm and preventing emergencies:

  • Cover your exposed areas like cheeks, nose, fingers, and ears.
  • Drink warm liquids to keep your body hydrated.
  • Wear layers to keep your chest and legs warm.
  • Avoid tight clothing to ensure optimum blood circulation.
  • Consume high-calorie food and drinks to gain energy.

Why Canadian Winters Call For Canadian Clothing?

This can be a bummer, but the winter clothing available in the world's warmer regions will not suffice for the Canadian winter. Hence, it is recommended to consider investing in Canadian clothing as they are designed with proper insulation to keep you warm during freezing cold temperatures. 

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Are you looking for good-quality warmers and winter accessories to ensure a safe and hassle-free visit to Canada? Daines & Daubney is here to help! We have a unique range of good-quality winter apparel and accessories that can help you enjoy the adventurous winters of Canada while staying warm and safe. 

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