Prepare for winter

Enjoying winter in Canada

In the winter months—December, January and February—the temperature in most of Canada usually stays below 0°C. However, in some parts of Canada, such as southern British Columbia, the temperature rarely goes below 0°C.

In most of the regions in Canada where people live, snow will be on the ground from mid-December to the middle of March. Though Canada’s winter may be much colder and longer than you are used to, it can be very enjoyable.

For many Canadians, being active in winter is an important part of enjoying life. There are many outdoor winter activities, including skiing, ice fishing, walking, skating and tobogganing, amongst others. Joining in one of these activities may help you appreciate winter and enjoy your time outside in the snow.

Dressing for winter

During winter in Canada, you will need warm clothing. If possible, arrive with these items or be prepared to buy them soon after your arrival. You will need:

  • Insulated waterproof boots
  • A scarf for your neck
  • A hat that covers your ears
  • Gloves or mittens for your hands
  • Thick winter coats, pants and sweaters

Layers keep you warm

It is a good idea to layer your clothing by, for example, wearing a t-shirt and a sweater underneath a jacket. If you become too hot, you can remove one layer of clothing.

Learn more about weather and seasons across Canada.

You can also contact an immigrant-serving organization in the community where you live for more information about dressing for winter.

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