How to Survive Canadian Winters

Surviving Winters in Canada

Winter weather can be unforgiving, with high windchills, heavy snowfalls, blizzards, freezing rain and extremely cold temperatures.

Winters in Canada generally last around 6 months, with the month of November beginning to cool down significantly and last until the month of April, and in some places in Canada even until May!

TIP: the coldest days in the Canadian winter are the sunny days, so beware, don’t be fooled!

So how can you prepare?


Dress warmly in layers. Preferably looser clothes, as tight clothes don’t keep you warm. Try a fleece that will trap body heat.

When buying a winter coat look for: long, around knee length, hood to protect your head and face on windy days, waterproof, and well insulated.  Important: Make sure you buy a large enough size to accommodate a large sweater under the coat.

Keep your feet dry and warm by wearing wool socks and buy waterproof boots – Canadian winters also include slush (watered down snow, which can soak up your feet if you are wearing the wrong kind of shoes).

To keep your hands warm mittens are better than gloves as they trap body heat, and of course make sure they are waterproof.

Protect your ears and head by wearing a warm hat ( most of our body heat is lost through our head).

A scarf is a winter essential as well. If your neck is exposed, you will feel the cold throughout your body.


Even though it’s hard to get yourself out of the house when the temperatures drop, step outside! The sunshine will help your mood and help with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which occurs in winters especially in countries with long winters.

Get some exercise, indoors or outdoors. The blood flow will help alleviate your mood and keep you in shape for summer!

In the winter we have a tendency to eat more junk food, but eating healthy will benefit you more. Try to eat a variety of foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, legumes and meat substitutes, low fat dairy, and drink lots of water.

Get your vitamin D from the sun, but if not possible advise with your Dr. or pharmacist regarding supplements.