2015's fall/winter in Toronto has been pretty mild but the cold, snowy days of winter have started. If you don't have a good winter coat yet, I suggest you get out there and find one ASAP. Finding the right coat at a good price is not easy but I think I can help.
Check my updated post on where to find Parkas in 2017.
Here are some places where I think you may get lucky...
Qin Imagine JacketsFor ladies only...Qin is a hidden gem located at Bathurst and St. Clair in downtown Toronto, 568 St. Clair Avenue West to be exact. You'll find beautiful, warm, down jackets, some trimmed with real fur. Although, some 2015 styles are selling for up to $550, the super deals are on the still-quite-fashionable styles from 2014 for under $200!
Qin's coats are beautiful and of super quality are manufactured by the store owners. They're machine washable with removable fur. They keep you warm to -35°C because of their quilted 90% duck down filling and 10% destemmed feathers. The outer shells are water resistant, with a stylish nylon interior lining.
I bought one. Great customer service, great coat, and I'm warm as a baby in a blanket!
Winners and MarshallsFor guys and gals, Winners and Marshalls have an abundance of winter coats, including a great selection of ski jackets and parkas. The prices were amazing on my last visit. For example, parkas were $99 and up. Some of the brands I saw were at significantly discounted prices.
A friend of mine got a great down-filled parka with a removable hood and removable fur trim for under $200 bucks. He's very happy with his coat although he's complained about it being a bit too warm. Lol. Winners and Marshalls have a broad selection of jackets for women, men, and kids too. It's worth checking out.
Hudson's Bay has a vast selection of Parkas and they are on sale right now! The down coat in the pic above is $155.00, down from $310. I'm sure you'll be able to find something you like within you price range online or in one of the locations.
The bigger the Hudson's Bay, the larger the selection of coats. Women's, men's and children's sections are all loaded with a good selection of styles.
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)MEC has a great selection of Parkas. They may be a little bit more on the pricey side but they pride themselves on providing quality gear and excellent value. The Indygena Ayaba Parka for women (pic above) is an excellent coat, selling for $499.
A lot of MEC's coats for men and women have been marked down to prices ranging from about $120 and up. You'll find some great coats for the kids on sale too.
Aritzia and TNALike many women, I truly adore a lot of the clothes at Aritzia but the parkas have an excellent reputation. Every one I've known who owns an Aritzia/TNA parka swears by it's quality and that it's warm and cozy like blanket. They have beautiful vegan fur trimming that looks authentic not tacky.
If you're looking for a coat, the prices are pretty good right now. Like the Oskar Parka, it was $295 and now the online store is showing it for $225. Sa-weet price for a winter coat that's warm, water-repellent and wind-resistant...just what you need on a wet, snowy day.
Canada GooseI used to be a lover of Canada Goose. But they've become a staple in every household and a uniform for all commuters in Toronto. I got a bomber styled jacket as a gift about 10 years ago, when they were scarce and only found on movie sets or for explorations of Antarctica.
Parkas made by Canada Goose are very warm and stay dry in "extreme conditions". Although, winters in Toronto are not extreme, they do have their extreme moments that a Canada Goose parka may help you to get through without feeling a thing.
Canada Goose parkas are pretty pricey, starting from about $600 and up. The one in the pic above is for men and it's called the Langford Parka, which comes in eight different colours. Selling for $825 online, it's rated as "Enduring" under Canada Goose's Thermal Experience Index (TEI).
The North FaceWord of mouth tells me that the North Face Jackets are a great purchase for our winters and will last for years to come. The Women's Arctic Down Parka in the pic above is one for the ladies and comes in six colors. It's selling on North Face's online store for $399 but I've seen North Face jackets on sale at different sites so I recommend you shop around.
From what I've heard from North Face wearers, their parka and puffer jackets are good. A bit pricey but worth every cent.
ColumbiaLast but definitely not least is Columbia. One of the best by a long shot. The Women's Madraune II Jacket in the pic above, is water resistant, down filled with Omni-Heat Reflective warmth, and an adjustable hood. It's selling online for $247 down from $329.
You'd be wise to check out their Interchange jackets, like the Bugaboo. Great for winter but layered so as the weather changes, you can stay comfortable by reducing or increasing the layers.
Here's some more info on what coats are good for winter weather and where to find them...
25 Really Warm Coats for Witer 2015, at Every Budget by Avery Matera, Glamour Magazine
How to Choose the Best Winter Jacket - By Greg Davis and Chris Simrell, Outdoor Gear Lab
Let me know if you have any suggestions for where cold people can pick up warm coats. I'd love to hear from you!