Winter is coming. Whether it’s trekking through the backcountry, or taking on snow-covered city streets, Canadians know how brutal winter can be. Ski jackets, winter parkas, bomber jackets, and puffer jackets – whatever the style, whatever the purpose, winter apparel has to keep you warm. Keeping that in mind, here’s our selection for men and women of some of the best winter jackets for extreme Canadian winters.
Best Men’s Jackets for Extreme Winters:
Arc’teryx Thorsen Parka
The sleek style and lightweight warmth of the Thorsen Parka is a prime example of the futuristic visions that define men’s techwear apparel. This minimalist men’s parka from Arc’teryx has everything you would need to take on the most extreme Canadian winters. 750 fill power goose down is ultra-lightweight and offers plenty of warmth. The GORE-TEX exterior provides protection against wind and rain while remaining breathable. The understated design with plenty of storage and warmth is perfect for the urban adventurer facing extreme Canadian winters.
Quartz Co. Lutse Down Jacket
Made in Canada by Quartz Co., the Lutse Down Jacket has the ultimate winter warmth required to tackle the arctic cold of our northern winters. The 750 fill power down will keep you warm in temperatures as low as -30C. We face more than just the cold in winter, and the Lutse is ready to take on these challenges thanks to 20K waterproofing and 7K breathability. A front placket with snap-buttons seals all the warmth in and blocks the wind for complete protection against the coldest Canadian winters.
Vallier Outremont Down Parka
The Outremont Parka lives up to Vallier‘s promise to create all-weather apparel for better urban living. The sleek design of the parka combines with 800 fill power goose down for extreme warmth against cold Canadian winters. It features a durable water repellent treatment and a lightweight Pertex shield for protection against the coldest winter winds.
Nobis Condor Extreme Jacket
The name says it all. The Condor Extreme Jacket is designed to provide extreme warmth during the most extreme winter conditions. This jacket is the perfect winter companion and is sure to make a winter lover out of anyone. The stylish men’s jacket from Nobis is made with ultimate weatherproof protection and packed full of durable features that are sure to keep you bundled up and warm this winter.
Canada Goose Polar Bear International Expedition Parka
The men’s Expedition Parka was originally designed for scientists working in the freezing conditions of Antarctica. Canada Goose took the durability and warmth of their iconic parka and re-styled it into the Polar Bear International Expedition Parka. The result is a stylish blue winter parka that features the same 625 fill down and Arctic-Tech fabric made to protect against the subzero conditions of our cold Canadian winters.
Patagonia Frozen Ranger Parka
Patagonia is made to take on the elements all year round, and the Frozen Ranger Parka is your shield against the cold winds, and low temperatures of winter. The 700-fill recycled down has what it takes to keep you warm in the arctic chills of cold Canadian winters, while the 2L GORE-TEX shell protects you from wind, rain and snow.
Best Women’s Jackets for Extreme Winters:
Canada Goose Rossclair Parka
The Rossclair Parka boasts a long, sleek fit that sits right below the waist and surrounds your body in supreme warmth. The elegance of this parka matches its performance. It uses 625 down fill insulation that keeps you warm in temperatures as low as -20. The slim fit jacket offers a sleek silhouette, and for those who want the warmth and elegance of the Rossclair with smaller proportions, it’s also available in the Fusion Fit.
Vallier Mile-Ex Down Parka
The sleek modern design, and 800-fill power goose down of the Mile-Ex Down Parka combine to bring you Vallier‘s refined aesthetic that fuses the innovations of outdoor technical clothing with everyday urban essentials. The long coat features a women-specific fit that provides total coverage without altering the stylish silhouette.
Nobis Phoenix Extreme Jacket
When the temperatures drop, you need the Phoenix Extreme Jacket to face winter head on. This women’s parka from Nobis offers premium weatherproof protection with plenty of breathability. The hem falls just above the knees for optimal warmth and coverage. When the winter winds pick up, the wind flap has a convenient magnetic closure designed to keep the frigid air out. Insulated with premium Canadian Origin White Duck Down and finished with a thick fur ruff, this parka offers all the warmth without compromising on style.
Canada Goose Resolute Parka
The Resolute Parka is a down insulated shield that provides superior warmth against extreme cold weather. The reinforced design protects you against the harshest conditions, so your trek to work or class can feel like a walk in the park. A coyote fur ruff, rib-knit cuffs and reflective tape across the back are some of the features that make this a signature Canada Goose winter parker. Wrap yourself in the warmth of the Resolute Parka this winter.
Quartz Co. Fogo Coyote Fur Down Parka
Elegance meets warmth with The Fogo Coyote Fur Down Parka from Quartz Co. The Canadian made brand knows how cold winters can be in the Great White North so they design jackets that can withstand extreme weather. The Fogo parka uses 650 Fill Canadian White Duck Down to protect you against temperatures as low as -40C. The outer layer is treated with a Durable Water Repellent finish, and the coyote fur ruff is detachable for sleek look that will protect against the arctic chills that manage to find their way into the city.
Arc’teryx Centrale Parka
Arc’teryx continues to craft high-quality outerwear made to take on everything our tough Canadian climate has to offer. With the Centrale Parka, Arc’teryx has combined rugged winter warmth, with a sleek urban design for a jacket that does it all. 750-fill goose down, and a GORE-TEX 2L shell give you the best of a technical jacket, in a package that looks great in and around the city.
Winter can be brutal and unforgiving. With arctic winds and subzero temperatures, it takes a special kind of jacket to keep you protected. Down insulated jackets, with GORE-TEX membranes and technical detailing don’t always have to come at the expense of style. For those living in and around the city, having an extreme winter jacket makes all the difference when taking on cold Canadian winters.