Tips for Your First Canadian Winter

Tips for Your First Canadian Winter
Tips for Your First Canadian Winter

While Canada is beautiful under a blanket of snow, for those who move to the country from a warmer climate, perhaps buying one of the homes among Halton real estate in Ontario, you’ll want to be prepared.  

Winter in Canada, where temperatures average well below zero in many places like Winnipeg, with an average high of 13 degrees Fahrenheit in January, is a whole lot different than winter in Denver, Colorado, for example, with average highs of 45 degrees.

Layer Your Clothing

Layering your clothing is important as it traps body heat inside, helping you stay warm. Then, if you get too warm, you can easily take something off. If you’re out shoveling snow, it won’t take long before you warm up, and if you overheat and sweat, as soon as you stop moving, you’ll be very cold. Begin by putting on a base layer such as thermal leggings, and then pull on your snow pants, wearing those on top. You’ll want to do the same for your upper body, wearing a thermal base layer followed by a t-shirt, fleece pullover or jacket, and a coat. 

Cover Your Face As Much as Possible

The key is to minimize the amount of skin that’s exposed to the cold, so you’ll want to cover your face as much as you can. Make sure the collar on your coat comes up to your chin and use a neck warmer or a scarf tied across the lower part of your face.

Be More Active

While it may be tempting to cuddle up in a blanket and spend your days indoors, when temperatures dip and sunny days are few and far between, one of the best ways you can combat the winter blues is to be more active. Regular exercise will improve your mood and increase your energy levels too. You may not feel very motivated to start, but within minutes you’re bound to feel better. Ideally, choose something fun, perhaps trying a new winter sport as it won’t feel like exercise even though you’re burning calories and building strong muscles. Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, whatever you do, just get out there. 

Eat Nutritiously 

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can stop eating fruits and vegetables. In fact, some produce is in its prime during the season, like winter squash, broccoli, and citrus fruits. You might feel like gorging on carbs and drinking hot chocolate, but aim to eat as many fruits and veggies as you can, focusing on whole foods from the Earth rather than processed junk like frozen meals, chips, and French fries – and, yes, that includes the Canadian favorite, poutine. As the body creates vitamin D from sunlight, you’re probably not getting enough over the winter, so you may want to eat foods that contain vitamin D like oily fish such as salmon and egg yolks, and take a supplement too.

Don’t Forget to Moisturize

Winter can really dry out your skin, so don’t forget about the moisturizer. It may not seem like a big deal, but if your skin starts suffering, it will be. Carry some lip balm and hand lotion with you wherever you go.