Dealing with extremely cold weather: What you should know
It’s winter in Canada and we’re experiencing some extremely cold temperatures! This year, stay warm and safe with these great tips from Dr. David Lowe from the Health & Wellness Centre.
Cold weather know how
- Dress in layers.
- Break out the long johns if you’ve got them.
- Watch your step.
- Beware of icy sidewalks.
- Choose the right footwear.
- Wear boots that keep you warm but also have a good tread to keep you from slipping.
- Wear a hat.
- And make sure it covers your ears!
- Keep an eye out for frostbite.
- With this bitter wind chill, exposed skin can freeze in 10 – 30 minutes.
- Stay indoors.
- Go outside only when you need to. There are lots of warm and cozy spots right here on campus.
You may also be interested in this handy U of T News article featuring Dr. David Lowe.
Need new gear? Here are some suggestions for where to find what you need in Toronto.
Thrift, vintage, overstock, used goods
- Check out places like second-hand stores on Queen West or vintage stores in Kensington Market. You might even find Facebook groups that allow trades or second-hand sales for great prices.
- Expect to find coats in the range of $50 – $70 and boots for $20 - $70.
- Pro tip: Check for tears, poorly sewn linings and sufficient stuffing in coats.
New, but affordable gear
- Head to local malls or stores on Yonge Street to find stores that stock cold weather items.
- Expect to find coats in the range of $100 - $200 and boots from $40 – 100.
- Pro tip: Look for sales. These are great places to find good boots, mid-layer jackets, thermal underwear, leggings, scarves, hats and warm socks.
New gear that’s more expensive
- Places like malls and stores on Bloor Street sell winter wear that’s on the pricier side, but good quality.
- Expect to find coats in the range of $200 - $450 and boots from $100 – $300.
- Pro tip: Keep an eye out for sales and remember that items in this category usually come with solid weather ratings and warranties.
- There some brands out there that come with excellent weather ratings and warranties, but are a definite investment. You’ll find them at select retailers on Queen West, Bloor Street, in malls or online.
- Expect to find coats from $650 - $1,000 or more, and boots starting at $400 and up.
- Pro tip: High-priced brands may keep you warm in very cold temperatures with just one or two layers underneath, but less expensive coats work just as well if you layer up!