To get through Toronto winters, you'll need warm winter boots with non-slip soles, a light waterproof puffer jacket for mild days, and a waterproof heavy parka or puffer for those super cold days.
Here's an update on where in Toronto I've found some nice coats and parkas in 2018.
When I was pregnant my daughter, I had a Canada Goose bomber and let me tell you, it kept me and the baby warm. I was so sad when I realized that it was just way too big without the baby in my belly. Had to give it away.
Canada Goose jackets are pretty pricey, starting from about $600 but I'm sure they are one of the best in the world. For example, the one in the pic above is one of the warmest Canada Goose jackets for men and it's called the Langford Parka. It comes in eight different colors and sells for $925 online.
BIG TIP: If you're buying your Canada Goose item online be very careful, there's a ton of scammers out there. To protect you, the company has it's own Counterfeit page with a tool you can use to "Verify the Retailer" before you make a purchase.
I love Canada Goose! It's Canadian and they've delivered on style, warmth, and comfort, and that's not a combination that's easy to find. The only problem I have is that they are so popular that almost everyone in Toronto has one now.
A friend of mine found a great down-filled parka with a removable hood and fur trim for only $200. He's very happy with his coat, it looks good and it keeps him warm. He keeps complaining that he needs a second coat because it makes him too hot.
Hudson's Bay locations have a huge collection of Parkas and puffers that are usually on sale from October to December. If you are a Bay shopper, you already know that you can get sale prices there like no other store. I bought the lightweight, "packable", puffer in the pic above for my daughter at the beginning of November. It's made by Design Lab Lord & Taylor and it was on sale for $100, down from $200. So warm and so light.
I'm sure you'll be able to find something you like within you price range online or at one their many locations. Something to keep in mind is that the bigger the store, the larger the selection of coats.
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 $525.
A lot of MEC's coats for men, women, and children have been marked down to prices ranging from about $120 and up . You'll find some great coats for the entire family!
If you're looking for a coat, the prices are pretty good. Like the Oskar Parka, it was $295 and this winter the online store is showing it for $147.50. Sa-weet price for a winter coat that's warm, water-repellent and wind-resistant.
In 2014, North Face launched it's ThermoBall™ technology, bird friendly "state-of-the-art insulation that is superior to down". The company boasts that the insulation "provides uncompromising warmth even when wet, making it the new go-to jacket for any adventure". For their "new alternative to down", North Face won the new PETA Innovator for Animals award.
A pretty popular jacket for ladies is the Women's Arctic Down Parka (in the pic above), which comes in six colors. It's selling on North Face's online store for $399 but I recommend you shop around, I've found lower prices on other sites. Watch out for scammers though.
From what I've heard from North Face wearers, their parka and puffer jackets are good. A bit pricey but worth every cent.
A good choice is the Women's Madraune II Jacket in the pic above. It's is water resistant, down filled with Omni-Heat Reflective warmth, and it has an adjustable hood. It's selling online for $247, with an original price of $329.
Another great pick is the "Interchange" jackets, like the Bugaboo. It's great for winter but layered so as the weather changes, you can stay comfortable by reducing or increasing the layers.
Well that's all I've got. Now get out there and find the right coat for you. Let me know if you have any other recommendations.
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