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Don’t wait for the first big snowstorm of the season to dig out your winter gear only to realize a few key pieces are missing. Take a quick inventory now of what you already have and make your shopping list so that you’re toasty and prepared for the coldest snap yet.

Of course, you’ll need a good winter jacket whether you’re skiing, snowshoeing or just dashing from the car to the house. You’ll also want warm gloves and a hat, plus base layers to seal in the heat. Finish your look with a stylish yet practical pair of winter boots that will last a few years at least.

With our top picks, you’ll look great and stay warm this winter season no matter what the Canadian weather throws at you!

Coats

RANTA down jacket with hood ($300; indyeva.com)

RANTA down jacket with hood
Indyeva
RANTA down jacket with hood

Montreal-based company Indyeva designs and manufactures beautiful clothes for women perfectly suited to the Canadian climate. This down jacket has a two-way zipper and fixed hood, making it a smart choice for active women who don’t let the weather stop them. The inside zipper pocket is perfect for your keys or phone and keeps valuables dry and protected.

Eddie Bauer Men’s Downlight StormDown Jacket (From $379.99; amazon.ca)

Eddie Bauer Men's Downlight StormDown Jacket
Amazon
Eddie Bauer Men's Downlight StormDown Jacket

For those who still want to hike and explore the backcountry during the winter, a good coat is essential. This jacket features premium goose down which is lightweight, and ultra warm. The drawcord at the waist stops blowing snow from getting in and the media port in the internal pocket allows you to listen to podcasts or music as you explore.

Eddie Bauer Girls Reversible Hooded Down Jacket ($101.65; amazon.ca)

Eddie Bauer Girls Reversible Hooded Down Jacket
Amazon
Eddie Bauer Girls Reversible Hooded Down Jacket

What’s better than one great looking winter coat? How about two? This clever jacket offers kids two great looking designs in one reversible winter coat. The down fill offers warmth but it’s a lighter weight jacket suitable for stuffing in a school bag on milder days.

STETING PEAK JACKET M ($421; jackwolfskin.com)

STETING PEAK JACKET M
Jack Wolfskin
STETING PEAK JACKET M

Choose from four colours in this mountain-ready winter coat from Jack Wolfskin. Made with a lightweight synthetic material called micro-guard superloft it will keep you warm even if it gets wet. The detachable hood can be adjusted to optimize your view and warmth level. You can wear both the inner and outer layers or pick and choose, thanks to the system zip.

Nora Down Very Long Quilted Jacket - Black ($519; lolelife.com)

Nora Down Very Long Quilted Jacket - Black
LOLË
Nora Down Very Long Quilted Jacket - Black

For those coldest days, wrap yourself in this incredibly comfortable full-length insulated coat from Canadian brand Lolë. Despite the oversized scale of this coat, it’s actually very lightweight and features carrying straps to make it easy to slink it off when you go inside and have your hands free. The zipped side gussets allow you to adjust the silhouette and fit. Available in either black or pink in a range of sizes from XS to XL.

Ellie Dog Jacket - Black ($49; lolelife.com)

Ellie Dog Jacket - Black
LOLË
Ellie Dog Jacket - Black

Don’t forget to buy a new winter coat for your best four-legged friend this winter. Made from unused fabric in Lolë’s factory, it’s a sustainable solution for fabric waste that also helps your pup to look cool and stay warm!

Boots

The SIENNA MID Winter Boot ($134.99; kamik.com)

The SIENNA MID Winter Boot
Kamik
The SIENNA MID Winter Boot

Shop Canadian company Kamik, experts in cold weather footwear and you’ll stay toasty until spring. In fact, this pair can take you through three seasons with their waterproof bottoms and great traction. They also look equally great with snow pants for a winter walk or a skirt and tights for dinner out.

The ROCKET Winter Boot ($74.99; kamik.com)

The ROCKET Winter Boot
Kamik
The ROCKET Winter Boot

Choose from eight bright, kid-approved designs including camo and two-tone colour block options in these easy-on easy-off boots that ensure not one minute of recess is wasted. Parents can feel good about shopping at Kamik thanks to their sustainability practices that include recycling 90% of their cooling water from their Canadian factory. The liners inside their boots are also made from recycled plastic.

Baffin Men’s Titan Snow Boots ($108.18; amazon.ca)

Baffin Men's Titan Snow Boots
Amazon
Baffin Men's Titan Snow Boots

These Canadian-made slip-on boots are rated to -100C and are perfect to keep by the back door for early morning shovelling or to run out and start the car. They are made for serious winter weather and can take a beating from the elements.

Stonz Winter Baby Booties ($46.99; amazon.ca)

Stonz Winter Baby Booties
Amazon
Stonz Winter Baby Booties

These popular winter boots for babies slip right over their indoor shoes or booties. They offer extra warmth and a nonslip sole to help little ones take their first wobbly steps on the snow. Easy to tighten with a toggle they stay on despite baby’s best efforts to get them off.

Base Layer

STRIKA II ($80; indyeva.com)

STRIKA II
Indyeva
STRIKA II

The crossover collar of this base layer stops the icy wind from getting down your neck and offers an excellent base to layer a neck warmer or scarf on top. Made from an eco-friendly material that wicks away moisture and sweat and maintains its softness wash after wash.

Logan Long Sleeve Base Layer Top ($39; lolelife.com)

Logan Long Sleeve Base Layer Top
LOLË
Logan Long Sleeve Base Layer Top

Start with this base layer and build warmth no matter how low the temperature dips. Made from a blend of merino wool and a material crafted from recycled bottles, this is an eco-friendly addition to your winter wardrobe.

Long Underwear ($95; unboundmerino.com)

Long Underwear
Unbound Merino
Long Underwear

Start with this long underwear as a base and you’ll be warm even if you still stay outside all day long. They are also incredibly comfortable thanks to the tag-free waistband and antibacterial and odour-resistant material.

Rocky Thermal Underwear for Girls (From $33.99; amazon.ca)

Rocky Thermal Underwear for Girls
Amazon
Rocky Thermal Underwear for Girls

Don’t let the cold weather keep your kids inside. Bundle them up by starting with these warm base layer thermals and they can play all day. Choose from a huge range of patterns and colours and rest assured the stretchy fabric will allow kids to move freely.

Sweaters and Tops

Sierra Designs Women’s Johua Vest ($128.46: amazon.ca)

Sierra Designs Women's Johua Vest
Amazon
Sierra Designs Women's Johua Vest

Choose from wine, black or sunflower yellow in this warm vest that is perfect for those warmer winter days or works well underneath a jacket. The bungee drawstring keeps you warm and the cold wind out.

Spacer Half Zip Cropped Sweatshirt - Red ($99; lolelife.com)

Spacer Half Zip Cropped Sweatshirt - Red
LOLË
Spacer Half Zip Cropped Sweatshirt - Red

Bulky winter sweaters can challenge your normal sense of style, but this super warm option still looks trendy with its cropped length. Slightly longer at the back and with a slim silhouette, it can easily be worn for both day and night. Choose from either black or saffron red.

Jack Wolfskin Mens Austin (From $78.93; amazon.ca)

Jack Wolfskin Mens Austin
Amazon
Jack Wolfskin Mens Austin

Snuggle up with a Jack Wolfskin sweater available in five colours, including grey, blue and black as well as varying styles like full zipper hoodies and pull-on sweaters. One option is a super cozy and warm fleece sweater featuring a zipper at the collar for different looks.

Mittens and Hats

Amazon Essentials Mens Trapper Hat with Faux Fur ($28.30; amazon.ca)

Amazon Essentials Mens Trapper Hat with Faux Fur
Amazon
Amazon Essentials Mens Trapper Hat with Faux Fur

Choose this classic trapper style and clip the ear covers up on warmer days then pull them down to lock in the warm on those super cold days. Available in red check for that lumberjack look or a plain navy option.

AMYIPO Children’s Balaclava (From $18.99; amazon.ca)

AMYIPO Children's Balaclava
Amazon
AMYIPO Children's Balaclava

On those frigid mornings in mid-winter, pack this balaclava in your kids’ school bag and you’ll be confident that their little face will stay warm and protected. Choose from eight colours to coordinate perfectly with your child’s snow pants and coat. The polar fleece material stays dry even close to the mouth and is smooth and soft against the skin.

Carhartt womens Sherpa Mitten (From $38.99; amazon.ca)

Carhartt womens Sherpa Mitten
Amazon
Carhartt womens Sherpa Mitten

Warm and practical, these mittens feature a synthetic palm for easy grip and a sherpa fleece fabric. Easily pull them on and give them a quick handwash if they get dirty.

Columbia Toddler Chippewa Long Mitten ($30; amazon.ca)

Columbia Toddler Chippewa Long Mitten
Amazon
Columbia Toddler Chippewa Long Mitten

These long gloves are perfect for keeping snow out while toddlers build snow forts, mountains and dens. Pull them up high over their coat to create a warm seal. You can choose from three colours, including blue, black and pink.