As a new Canadian immigrant, you may not have a car during the first few weeks or months. To get from one point to another, you will primarily have to rely on public transport. This entails walking from your house to the bus/train station, spending a few extra minutes at the open bus/train station while you wait for the bus or the train. Waiting for a bus/train during winter is usually a chilling experience.
When it comes to Canada’s winter season, temperatures can drop way below double negative digits. This could be extremely harsh and downright brutal, especially to the newcomers who have no experience with sub-zero temperatures and snow/ice.
There are some indispensable essential—extremely important—items that you can invest in to brave the harsh winter cold and snow to get by in a rather comfortable way.
Here is the WHY for the ESSENTIAL items listed in this post:
1. Winter Jacket – conditions are so cold that a mid-layer alone won't cut it. Understand your need for a winter jacket first. And before you make up your mind research the 3 key types/terms while making an educated selection: TECHNICAL (A casual around town jacket) PARKA (like the name suggests, is designed to imitate wearing three jackets in one) DOWN (the most lightweight and compressible insulation on the market. While it is plenty warm, down is not meant for damp conditions.)
2. Winter Boots - We believe that walking is the best way of exploring your new habitat. As a newcomer, you may see yourself walking more often in order to get from one point to the other. A good pair of winter boots will not only keep your feet warm, but they will ensure that you get more than enough grip while you walk in the snow or the ice. Yes, Canadian authorities religiously spray the streets and sidewalks with salt, yet, with below negative temperatures, it is not uncommon to experience frost leading to ice. Slipping on ice is bound to leave with you an unpleasant experience. Having the right pair of shoes, ensures a better grip. Make sure you do not compromise on the quality to save a few bucks. This is an investment that holds good for a long time.
3. Neck Warmers - Even if you are wearing a thick/multi layered protection for the rest of your body, your neck is always in need for better protection. A scarf/neck warmer will make sure that you do not leave your neck exposed to the chill.
4. Gloves - Not all of us walk with our hands inside our pockets all the time. Winters here could witness wind speeds up to 30 kmph or more. Add cold temperatures to that and you will need all the protection you need. Not just while walking, you may need the gloves with driving too.
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