Winnipeg, or “Winterpeg”, as it is known to the locals, is one of the coldest cities in the world and if you have not grown up here, it can be quite a shock to the system. Even if you have lived through a Winnipeg winter, it never gets easier…or warmer!
As a student from another country, it can be quite difficult to imagine how cold it will get and what type of clothing you will need, to stay warm. Budget is also a consideration when deciding on your winter coat and accessories.
Typically, November is the start of colder temperatures; however, this year, the city relished in above normal temperatures that delayed the snow. December, on the other hand, has shown just how low the thermometer can go. December 21st is also the First Day of Winter! It is hard to believe, considering that we have already experienced enough snow, but hopefully, freezing temperatures will stay at bay.
Winnipeg’s winter climate is a dry cold and its Prairie location means that harsh winter winds blow down from the Arctic and across the plains. December and January are the coldest months with temperatures dipping to -25c on average but of course, you should also be prepared for snow storms that will bring an abundance of snow, ice, and temperatures that can reach as low as -36c to -40c. As intimidating as this sounds, it is possible to stay warm and enjoy the snow’s beauty and the variety of winter activities on offer.
The best way to approach your winter wardrobe is to wear thin layers that you can add on or take off. This will help you to deal with the extremes between outdoor and indoor temperatures, such as walking to school, running between classes, or travelling on a hot and stuffy bus.
The most important articles of clothing are:
- Gloves or mittens with a fleece or fibrefill lining
- Wool or fleece scarf
- Wool or fleece hat (toque) – How can there not be an emoji for this?
- Boots with a good tread to prevent slipping on ice
- Wool or down-filled jacket or coat, preferably with a hood
- Fur scarves or hats are also an option for warmth; however, there are ethical issues associated with the treatment of animals and the wearing of fur for fashion’s sake. Fur trim on a hood is generally accepted but there are plenty of fake fur options available.
Whether you have more dash than cash or are wanting to make a major investment, here are the best jackets and coats to buy for winter.