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Tips for Surviving Winter in Toronto


By Jessica Padykula
Toronto Expert, about.com
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Winter in Toronto can be mild depending on the year, but it can also be brutal. And even if we do get a fairly manageable winter there can still be days where the temperature plummets and the wind is relentless. Either way, you’re going to want to be prepared for the worst and have some tricks up your sleeve for making the best of a long, chilly season. With that in mind, here are six tips for making it through a Toronto winter.


Layer up
Layering is key when it comes to staying warm and comfortable throughout the winter months. Layering means that you’re prepared for anything and you can avoid overheating on days that start out frigid but end up getting warmer throughout the day. Layers also make it much easier to keep the biting wind from feeling like it’s blowing directly through you on days you need to be outside for longer than a quick walk from the car to the office. On really cold days, the ones where the wind chill has it feeling like minus 35 outside, you will also want to consider leggings under your jeans along with the requisite hat, scarf and gloves.


Buy a good quality winter jacket – with a hood
Thinking that you can make it through the winter with your fall jacket is a mistake. I spent many a winter thinking this very thing and always cursed my decision to not find a more suitable coat. So do yourself a favour and find a coat meant for cold weather, ideally with a hood that stays up so your face is protected from the wind. Good spots to shop for a winter coat include Winners, Patagonia, The Bay and Marshalls.


Buy boots for warmth, not style[post_ads_2]
In the depths of winter, it’s really hard to merge fashion with function. It’s doable, but when it all comes down to it, dressing for (waterproof) warmth over style is the better choice, especially when it comes to footwear. Think lined, waterproof and with treads that won’t have you slipping all over an icy sidewalk.


Give yourself more time than you think you need
Everything slows down in the winter thanks to snowstorm, piles of snow due to said storms and slippery streets. So in the winter, it’s always better to build in extra time for getting where you need to be whether you’re walking, driving or taking the TTC, allow for more time than you think you need so you don’t end up cursing the bus as your time to get to work dwindles.


Find a winter activity you love (or at least don’t mind)[post_ads_2]
One of the biggest complaints about winter in Toronto is that it’s so long. Since there’s only so much hibernating you can do, one of the best ways to survive the winter is to find something, anything, you enjoy doing outdoors. That way you won’t dread the winter as much and might even come to enjoy it. Maybe it’s skating, maybe it’s skiing or snowboarding, maybe it’s bundling up and going out in search of the city’s best hot chocolate. Either way, finding a few things to like about winter make it much easier to get through it.


Set a winter goal
Another way to make the winter seem less arduous is to plan some projects or set some goals for things you want to have accomplished by the time spring comes around. This can be anything from household repairs and redecorating projects, to taking up a new hobby or learning something new (a language, a new sport, knitting, etc.) The more you have on the go during the winter, the faster it will go by and the less frustrated you’ll be by it.

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