Canada in winter - what is the best winter clothing?
What is the best winter clothing for Canada in winter? We asked ourselves this question as soon as it became clear that we were visiting the Winterlude Festival in Ottawa. It's not easy to pack for such a trip. Because temperatures of -33° C are unknown where we live. Not every year temperatures are that icy at the Winterlude in Ottawa. When we were there, we were told that temperatures this cold were extraordinary.
What are Canadian Winter Temperatures like?
It's hard to say in general. Canada is the largest country in the world and has many climate zones. These are usually colder than where we live in Europe. Canada has no mountain ranges that run from east to west. They do not keep out the temperatures and winds from the north. Therefore, the wind can make the temperature feel colder than it actually is due to the wind chill factor. Temperatures also fluctuate a lot from year to year. During our stay in Ottawa, for example, we had extreme cold during our visit at the Winterlude. But it doesn't have to be that way every year. It is best to check the temperatures before you leave and pack your winter clothing accordingly for your winter vacation in Canada. Winter clothing in Canada must correspond to different climates.
Canada in winter is cold - and not just in winter
Icy temperatures were a good thing for our visit at the Winterlude. They made the conditions on the Rideau Canal perfect to prepare the ice rink. The Winterlude Festival is known for the scating rink. As it turned out, it was a different cold than what we know in Central Europe. Dry but icy. When the wind blows, the wind chill factor is added. This factor makes the icy cold extremely noticeable. Therefore, you should know before you travel, how to best protect yourself against the cold in the Canadian winter. Which winter clothing is the best? These tips are also helpful for other activities that are possible in Canada in winter. These tips are just as interesting for skiers as for trips to regions with extreme cold. The two Canadians Karla and Matt from Must Do Canada show you in their video what a Canadian wears in winter.
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What does perfect Winter Clothing look like at the Winterlude in Ottawa?
First of all, you have to be aware that on the one hand, you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, and thus be out in the freezing cold. Unlike skiing or other outdoor winter activities, Winterlude offers you the opportunity to visit cafes, restaurants, hotels or even warm up in heated tents, that are erected specifically for that purpose. On the one hand, that means, that the winter cold in Ottawa can be tolerated well. On the other hand, this also means that you are constantly going from the freezing cold outdoors to heavily overheated rooms. We've never spent so much time on a trip putting our winter clothes on and off. Therefore one thing is absolutely important: you have to dress accordingly.
Canada clothing in winter - based on the onion principle
Underwear and pants
Sweaters, Jackets and Winter Coats
If it was still too cold for us outdoors, we went to cafes, restaurants or hotel lobbies, where we warmed up again. Since this was usually done very quickly with our layers look, we were soon too hot. If we used the breaks for a warm drink, we had to shed layers one after the other until we felt comfortable again inside.
What helps against cold Feet and Hands?
The best Winter Protection in Canada: Hand and Foot Warmers
And of course there are also foot warmers for the feet and especially the toes. After all, there is nothing more unpleasant than ice-cold feet, when you're out and about in the freezing cold of winter. Simply put these pads under your feet in your shoes. After that, neither ice nor snow will bother you.
Protect Head and Ears
With this clothing you are optimally protected against extreme cold
This winter clothing ensures a fun-filled winter in Canada experience, whether you're in Ottawa in winter or skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Protected like that you can really enjoy Canadian winter events, without having to worry about the cold.
Source: own research on site for the article "What is guaranteed cold protection in winter in Canada?". We thank Tourism Ottawa, Ontario Tourism and the Canadian Tourism Commission for supporting this trip.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Monika Fuchs has been working in tourism since 1990. She has been a tour guide on four continents for 17 years and has accompanied high-class trips through North and Central America, Australia, southern Africa and Europe. Since 2001 she has been a writer and photographer for TravelWorldOnline and writes as a freelance journalist for DIE ZEIT Online and travel magazines such as 360 ° Medien, TRIVAGO, Expedia, travador, etc. She also writes travel guides about destinations and enjoyment destinations all over the world. Your guide about Canada's east was released in 2020. Petar Fuchs produced the videos on this blog as well YouTube.
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