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Warm Coat or Parka for Winter in Toronto - 2018

Winter's back and I noticed there's been a lot of traffic to my Parkas for 2015 Winter in Toronto post so I know some of you are feeling the cold. Winters in Toronto can be a mix of mild to cold weather with many moments of slushy wetness to icy fall-on-your-butt kind of conditions.

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.

Canada Goose

I am a lover of Canada Goose, they're beautiful coats that keep you warm and cozy and keep you dry through those wet slushy conditions.  The company started in a small warehouse in Toronto about 60 years ago and now they are "one of the world's leading makers of luxury apparel.

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.


Winners and Marshalls

Winners and Marshalls have an abundance of winter coats, including a great selection of parkas. The prices are pretty good and lower than other retail stores. For example, parkas are $99 and up. This year I found a Triple-5-Soul, super warm jacket on sale for $99, down from about $200. Winners and Marshalls are stores where you'll need to bring your luck charm. One thing I can say is when you find a deal at either one of these stores, it's usually a pretty good one.

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

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.

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 $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!


Aritzia and TNA

Like many women, I truly adore a lot of the clothes at Aritzia but the parkas have a very good reputation. Every one I've ever known who's owned an Aritzia/TNA parka swears by it's quality and warmth. I've heard them described as cozy like a blanket. They have beautiful vegan fur trimming that looks authentic, not tacky.

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.


The North Face

North Face started in San Francisco and word of mouth tells me that their jackets are a great purchase and will keep you warm for many winters in Toronto. North Face jacket wearers swear by their quality, warmth, and durability.

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.



Last but definitely not least is Columbia. Started in Portland, Oregon, Columbia has been making gear for about 70 years. The Chairman, Gert Boyle, known to have a tough mother persona has led the company with the directive of "it's perfect, now make it better".

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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