When the mercury tumbles and cold weather moves in, we all turn to winter warmth, whether a lightweight down-filled jacket, a longer puffy city coat or a parka that stands up to all seasonal weather. This year’s new models, breathable shells, the best jackets and warmest boots for all your favourite winter sports—we’ve got guides, reviews and top lists to sort it all out for you. Shop urban, outdoor and technical for mountain adventuring and warm urban comfort.


Ethically Made & Sustainable Winter Jackets

Ethically Made & Sustainable Winter Jackets

There's nothing like taking a hike through snow-covered forests and icy landscapes. Braving the cool morning air, or enjoying the sunset views from on top of a mountain. For...

10 Warmest Woolrich Winter Parkas

The stylish remedy for frigid Canadian winters? It might come from America’s heartland. Established in 1830 in the woodlands of Pennsylvania, Woolrich is America’s oldest surviving outdoor clothing company that now manufacturers of some of luxury outerwear’s warmest parkas. This heritage brand is renowned for its timeless seasonal outerwear and accessories. If fighting the chill in an elevated winter style is your priority, look no further than this season’s collection of the 10 Warmest Woolrich winter parkas.   A Brief History of Woolrich.  Before we dive into the 10 warmest men’s and women’s coats, let’s examine the brand’s rich history—and why

BLACKYAK—Himalayas on the Mind

Yaks, powerful beasts that survived the ice age, roam the Himalayas, surviving and thriving in otherwise uninhabitable conditions. The people and mountaineers of the region have long benefitted from yaks for transportation, wool, milk and meat. With the animal as its talisman, the outdoor company BLACKYAK emerged from South Korea – one of the largest outdoor sports markets in the world – with an eye firmly on the loftiest peaks on the globe. And like the yak, they aim to make ascents easier for those who dare. Shop BLACKYAK Bakosi Jacket Men Shop now Niata Jacket Women Shop now Tae

On the Mountains with Mammut: Alpine Performance Signed By Swiss Craftsmanship

We landed in Zurich on a beautifully warm Sunday morning in mid-April—a stark contrast from the almost winter-like weather we left behind in Montreal. We were greeted inside the hyper-modern airport terminal by Kris and Mark, Mammut representatives doubling as our tour guides for the next 6-days of adventure throughout Switzerland. Our journey had the goal of learning the ins-and-outs of their brand. We’d travel across the Alps to the Mammut headquarters in Seon, and up some of the most iconic ski slopes in Europe.  During our stroll through the quiet, modern city of Zurich, Kris mentioned that, “Sundays were

The Sorel Caribou Boot Review

Sorel Caribou Boots—The Rundown Whether it’s Arctic cold, drifting snow, treacherous ice or deep slushy puddles, the Sorel Caribou is up to the challenge. Simply put, these boots just make winter weather irrelevant to the comfort of your feet. Sorel Caribou Highest Rated Styles Sorel Caribou Waterproof Boots Women Shop now Sorel Caribou Winter Boots Men Shop now Sorel Caribou Pros and Cons 9.5 / 10 The pros are: Warm Waterproof High shaft keeps out snow The cons are: Wide footbed Limited arch support On the heavy side Wool-Lined Sorel Caribou Boots Sorel Caribou Wool-Lined Boots Women Shop now Sorel Caribou

What to Wear Winter Cycling

For some, a weather forecast scattered with snowflakes and subzero temperatures signals the end of the cycling season. For others, this is simply a sign to rotate in your winter cycling wardrobe. From insulated shoe covers and lobster gloves to wind-resistant cycling pants and cozy mid-layers, appropriate cycling apparel is all you need to enjoy the cold months, and we've got you covered with our guide on what to wear winter cycling. Winter Cycling Jackets Finding the right winter cycling jacket or jackets is key for cycling to work in winter. It is your protection from the elements and the

Techwear Guide To Winter In The City

Techwear is all about functionality. It applies the principles of technical wear to the style of streetwear. These sleek and modern designs are made to hold up against the elements while giving you the ability to move freely through the city. In the past decade, outerwear companies have been taking their technical expertise and applying them to urban styles. Depending on where you live, the requirements of your techwear gear may differ. For those who live in the city and want functional urban designs that keep them warm and protected when the snow starts to fall, here’s our guide to

Reviewing Smartwool’s New Base Layers For Winter 2019

Fall is here and that means ski season is just around the corner. It’s time to start planning your first snowy adventure and to make sure you have all the gear you need to survive the cold. The last thing you want is to have a bad time because you don’t have the proper equipment.  But what do you really need? There are a lot of options out there and sometimes it can be difficult to choose which product is best, especially when it comes to choosing something with next-to-skin comfort. Luckily Smartwool has us covered. Let's Talk Fabrics You’ve

City, Meet the Outdoors: Introducing the Altitude Sports X Quartz Co. Elsa Women’s Parka

Introducing the Elsa Parka, a made-in-Canada collaboration by Quartz Co. & Altitude Sports, two Montreal-based brands with significant winter outerwear expertise. This women’s parka is our fifth collaboration with Quartz Co.—but this edition is a true co-design that began with a blank slate. Quartz Co. tailored a progressive cut perfect for the lifestyle of their urban clientele. We drew on our experience as purveyors of technical winter clothing, providing detailed input into the overall design, materials, and features. After months of back-and-forth, an all-new exclusive design was created—fusing technical outdoor details to a progressive urban silhouette with inspiration drawn from

The Best Ways to Winter Layer with Icebreaker Merino Wool

When you’re about to embark on a mid-winter adventure, you already know that a merino wool base layer is essential. Over that, you’re likely to choose down or a synthetic-filled insulator for winter sports like skiing, snowshoeing and backcountry trekking. But what about merino wool insulators and mid-layers? Or outer jackets that use this wonderful fiber as their primary insulation? We’re going to tackle the ins-and-outs of effective layering using Icebreaker’s collection of premium merino products. Shop Icebreaker So, what is merino wool? Icebreaker’s merino wool is derived from one of the world’s most ancient breed of sheep that roam

The 6 Best Winter Sleeping Bags for Camping Adventures

The warmer months usually call for a lighter sleeping bag whereas the winter months call for something with more insulation.When it’s cold, you want to choose the best winter camping sleeping bag that will be suitable for the types of trips you’re planning to embark on. Think carefully about the temperatures you will be camping in as well as the conditions of the environment. Both of these factors will play a role in your decision, especially when it comes to choosing between a down insulated or synthetic insulated sleeping bag.Sleeping Bags – What to Look forWhen searching for a new

Most Popular Winter Boots for Big & Little Kids in 2020

Winter is coming and we have to start thinking about the equipment we need to get for our little ones. One of the most important parts of a winter outfit is the boots. They need to be able to keep their feet dry and warm when the snow starts to fall. They have to be solid and durable to play outside, waterproof to resist puddles, good for the city, and easy enough to put on and remove. Knowing what to look for in a good winter boot is key, and once you've done that, you can check out our most

Most Popular Women’s Coats For Winter 2019

As the frost begins to settle on the windows, and the last leaves of fall hit the ground, it’s time to prepare for the cold months of winter. Bundling up and staying in is recommended on those lazy Sundays, but when you’re on the go you want to stay warm. Finding the perfect winter jacket to fit your style and needs can be a difficult task. For those who need inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of our most popular women’s coats to get you through the snowy season. Shop Women's Winter Coats Canada Goose Trillium Parka The Trillium Parka combines

What Are The Best Cold Weather Socks?

Every year around this time, I ask myself “What are the best cold weather socks?” In our defence against the cold, a bad pair of socks can often be the chink in our armour.  Here I take a look at the best socks for your winter activities.  Best Ski Socks I once wore the wrong socks for a mid-winter backcountry ski trip. And I mean once! Trying to stay warm and ignore the cold ruined my whole trip. As soon as I got back to town I bought a proper pair of ski socks.  The Icebreaker Ski+ Light socks are

Dog Sledding in Nunavut

Canada is a Northern country.  Many may not realize this since most of us live along the Southern edge of the nation, but the geographical center of Canada is near Baker Lake, roughly two hours West of Iqaluit.  There’s a whole lot of Arctic in Canada during the winter. My guilty secret is that despite spending a lot of time in the Arctic in other countries, I’d never been to the Northern part of Canada.  I can point to a few reasons for this, mainly that it’s expensive to travel up North in Canada, and getting around is difficult, but

Ice-fishing on Cumberland Sound

When I was in Nunavut in April 2019 on a project for Destination Nunavut I had an opportunity to go fishing for turbot out on Cumberland Sound, near Pangnirtung and just below the entrance to Auyuittuq National Park.  Spring has definitely started to arrive in Nunavut.  The days are long, and the sun is bright.  The temperatures, however, are still well below freezing and the ice on Cumberland Sound, a body of water more than a thousand feet deep in places, is still plenty thick for ice fishing. I arrived in the town of Pangnirtung via charter plane from Iqaluit. 

Manitobah Mukluks: Where Style meets Tradition

When something works you don’t mess with it. Update it, sure, but keep true to what makes it a success. Manitobah Mukluks figured out how to keep feet warm in snowy, cold weather by looking back at traditions and techniques from the First Nations peoples of Canada. The demand for this warm, innovative footwear, plus a forward-looking social ethos means a booming company that is a true Canadian success story. Sean McCormick, a Métis from northern Manitoba, launched a venture in 2007 replicating the mukluks he wore as a child. The concept behind Manitobah Mukluks was simple: leverage the sknow-how

BOGS Women’s Snowday Tall Insulated Boots Reviewed

Canadian winters have never been kind to my feet.  Managing snow, rain, ice and keeping warm is has been a continual struggle for me.  As a photographer in a small ski town, I find myself hiking through snowbanks to get the perfect shot, needing solid footing and grip to walk my puppy, and above all be a cozy retreat for my toes after long days skiing.  I promised myself I would never spend another winter switching from rubber boots, to mukluks, to riding boots and back again. When my new Bogs Snowday Tall Insulated Boots arrived, I knew I could

Adventures in Iceland with Smartwool

“Weather isn’t rocket science, it’s way harder than rocket science” - Robert (our ski guide) Let’s start at the end: Iceland changed my life. I was brought to the land of ice by Smartwool Canada to learn about their Fall-Winter product line. What better place than Iceland to discover and test Smartwool’s merino wool products? A country of extreme weather, extreme emotion, and extreme fun. These three subjects kept popping up on our journey to find the best spring ski lines in the north of the country. The Tröllaskagi Peninsula in mid-April offered an ideal setting to try out Smartwool

Black Diamond: Your Glove & Mitten Specialists

For those who are not familiar with Black Diamond, it is a brand devoted to climbing and skiing with a passion that is showcased in each individual products. From their apparel and accessories to their gear and equipment, Black Diamond products are designed for life on rock, ice and snow. While climbing and skiing are their expertise, Black Diamond is also an expert when it comes to gloves. Whether you're a climber or a skier, their extensive glove collection offers a variety of styles and features sure to meet the needs of individuals in search of technical gear. Shop Black Diamond A post

Burton Youth Collection: Winterwear for Kid’s They’re Sure to Love

With winter just around the corner, it's time to trade in the swimsuits and sunhats for snowsuits and toques. When it comes to fun in the snow, Burton knows that it's better when the entire family can join so check out their wide variety of winter products for the little shredders in your family. Shop Burton Youth Collection Girl's Echo Jacket Shop Boy's Uproar Jacket Shop Skylar Bib Pant Shop Spark Anorak Shop Discovering the Burton Youth Collection From lapping your local resort to simply frolicking in the snow creating an army of snowmen, the Burton youth collection is sure to keep

With Vibram Arctic Grip™ Soles, You’ll Never Slip on Ice Again

If you're a Montrealer or you come from any other city with extreme winters, you may be familiar with the penguin shuffle; an ingenious technique used by the penguins to travel along icy terrain with minimal, slippery disasters. This effective technique works well but may extend your commute time so unless you've got all the time in the world, it may not be all that practical. It's safe to say there are many who dread the slippery commute to class or work along the icy sidewalks. Some of us will dream of impeccable sole traction as we slide along trying

How to Prepare for a Long Winter Hike

Here's to the adventurers that don't let cold weather and the change of the seasons keep them inside and away from exploring the great outdoors. Unless it is pouring down with rain like a monsoon or snowing sideways that they cannot even see their own hand right in front of their face, they're out there. Whether it be winter camping in -40°C, ice-climbing on a frozen waterfall or playing in rapids in a river kayak while the rain falls, these people are equipped and keen for adventures no matter what the weather is (to an extent obviously) and you can

What is Polartec® Alpha® Insulation?

Adequate insulation is a must when it comes to keeping warm in both urban and wild environments and with the approaching winter months, there's no better time than now to outfit your wardrobe with insulated gear. While down and synthetic are the most common forms of insulation for coats and parkas, other insulations such as milkweed, fleece and even wool are also excellent options that provide a series of benefits of their own. Another for of insulation that is newer on the market but equally as efficient is Polartec® Alpha® insulation. Found in a variety of products from different brands,

Winter Camping Survival Guide

Camping is a simple hobby loved by families, weekend-warriors, outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies. I mean, who doesn't love sleeping out under the peaceful, starry, night sky staring at the star constellations? The possibilities are endless and you can camp nearly wherever and whenever you wish, even in the winter. That's right, camping isn't just for spring and summer outings folks! Whatever the reason for your winter camping adventure, we want to ensure that you are well-prepared and ready to make memories in the snow! Read on for some winter camping survival tips. Shop Our Winter Camping Collection Planning and

Best Wider Width Fitting Winter Boots

If you have wide feet, finding a winter boot that you like and fits comfortably can be a challenge. There are lots of chic, stylish looking winter boots but they often have a narrow fit so the shopping process can become frustrating. You may find you're having to keep going up a size in order to have enough room for comfort and thick socks but then you're left with too-long clown-like shoes and you're tripping all over the place. In a world where you want to keep your feet warm in cozy, wool socks but majority of all the cute

How to Layer For Outdoor Activities

Dressing appropriately for the weather and your outdoor activities can be problematic thanks to misleading weather reports and cheeky weather systems; do you dress for the 15-20mm of rain that is being forecasted or do you let your optimism take over and bring out the shorts and sun hat? As I'm sure most everyone's ma and pa always told them before scampering out of the house, "Take your coat! It's better to be too hot than too cold..." they couldn't be more right! These wise words are the idea behind how to layer properly; dress for the worst and adapt

Where to Find the Most Ethical Down Jackets

Recently, The North Face has declared that by 2017 all their down products will be certified by the RDS. Much like Patagonia who has claimed that the company's organic policy was the catalyst in developing California's organic cotton farm industry, The North Face believes it's bringing down production to a new ethical era by encouraging other companies into getting their products RDS certified as well. However, Patagonia had already established much stricter standards for all their down products and, in 2014, all their products respected this Traceable Down Standard. Both companies have released their standards to the public for others