Fall, winter, spring, summer! Canadian seasons are as diverse as its people. There are four distinct seasons here, so you will need four different sets of clothes.
While you can wear most of your outfits from home, you may need a whole new wardrobe for winters. Here’s a list for you and your children on what to wear and when. Happy shopping!
Spring is arguably the most beautiful season in Canada. Both flowers and fashion are in full bloom.
Team light jackets with bright shirts. A wind- and waterproof jacket may prove to be useful, too, as Canadian weather can be quite unpredictable. If it’s still snowing through March and April, hang on to your winter clothes till it gets warmer
Don’t compromise on quality when you buy clothes in Canada. The weather is extreme, and your kids especially need clothes that protect them well. Look out for seasonal discounts at retail outlets for the best deals.
Summer lasts from June to late September and is usually temperate, but it can occasionally get hot with temperatures hovering above 30 C with bursts of rain.
Sun protection: In Canada, sunlight and UV rays are strong enough to damage skin prematurely. There are two types of harmful UV rays:
- UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin causing wrinkles and premature ageing.
- UVB rays are far stronger than UVA rays and can cause sunburns.
Water, sand and snow reflect UV rays and increase their effects if you are not well protected. Use waterproof sunblock lotion in the pool and UV-shielding moisturizers when you step out. Make sure your kids wear caps or sun hats.
Summer is the time when you can dress in your traditional outfits from back home comfortably, too. On hot and humid days, short pants and T-shirts are a good option for the whole family. Skirts, dresses, tank tops, fitted gowns or flowing garments – summer is the time when you can wear them all! If you’ve arrived in Canada recently, you may want to keep a light jacket handy for your children for cooler evenings until they get acclimated.
Autumn – or fall as it is also called here – lasts from late September to early November. Days are shorter and the leaves change colour to hues of orange and red and finally shed. This is the time when it starts to get chilly.
Bring out your light woollens or leather jackets, pencil skirts and trousers with deep pockets. Coat and jackets with zippers work better than buttons to protect from wind chill. Fall is also the perfect season to wear fitted denim pants with boots.
Cover kids well in knitted sweaters, fleece jackets and “onesies” (zippered flannel jump suits). The key to staying warm in any winter is layering clothes and putting on a wind-proof jacket on top.
Keep them snug in scarves, toques (wool caps), leggings and boots. By early November you will need heavier wool coats, jackets and gloves.
From mid-November to March, most of Canada freezes up with temperatures dropping well below freezing point in most places.
Dress in layers to protect yourself from the wind chill. Start with a long vest or thin thermal underclothes, a thin, long-sleeved sweatshirt, a lightweight wool sweater and finally a hooded, waterproof fibre-filled or down-filled jacket to keep off the snow.
Invest in durable, waterproof snow boots to keep off the snow and slush. Easy-on, easy-off outer layers keep you comfortable both indoors and out!
Body heat escapes through the head and extremities. Make sure you and your family never leave home without hats, insulated gloves, wool scarves and ear protection! Wear leggings and long socks. If you have a long commute to work thermal underpants are a blessing.
Check weather forecast alerts daily and dress appropriately before stepping out. It could make all the difference to your day!