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During the winter months, Toronto’s weather ranges from “freezing” to “oh my god I’m going to die”. Even though the temperature drops well below 0 degrees the city is still bustling with locals and tourists. Follow these tips to learn what to wear in Toronto in winter!


What to Wear in Toronto in Winter

Written by: Kelly Ella Maz


There’s plenty of reasons to visit Toronto in the winter; ice skating at City Hall, Winterlicious dining event and the ice festival in Yorkville to name a few.

In order to make your Canadian vacation even more enjoyable I suggest a few packing strategies to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. Take it from a Canadian; you’re definitely going to want to follow these tips!



Warm Winter Coat


If you’re going to be spending any time outside (which I highly suggest you do, Toronto is beautiful during the winter) you’re going to need a proper, warm winter coat.

Wanna look like a local? Invest in a Canada Goose jacket to stay downright toasty even on the chilliest days. They don’t come cheap, so if looking for an alternative brand be sure to pick one with an insulated fill and a wind resistant shell.

I’d also recommend a jacket with a hood, since a hood is the best way to protect your cheeks from harsh winter winds.



Touch-Screen Gloves


Don’t risk frostbite by removing your gloves every two minutes to text your BFF, just invest in touch-screen gloves so you can text and keep your fingers warm at the same time!

If you’re buying a stretchy fabric design make sure they’re the right size. If they’re too big they won’t fit tight enough around your fingers and the touch-screen ability will be lost.




Waterproof Boots


It may be freezing in Toronto, but it doesn’t stay below 0 degrees every day of the winter season. This means the piles of snow on the sidewalk melt into a messy, dirty slush throughout the season.

This is a death sentence for black leather boots as the salt in the snow (from the roads) will stain them. Ugg boots are also a no-go as the slush will soak through them in a matter of minutes.

Pack a pair of waterproof Hunter boots to keep your feet dry and warm.






It may be freezing outside, but once you walk from your hotel to the ROM museum you’ll actually be feeling a bit warm.

Wearing multiple layers under your jacket means you can strip down to a sweater, t-shirt or tank top depending on how hot you get indoors. When planning what to wear in Toronto in winter avoid bulk and choose strategic layers.


You can still pack your travel capsule wardrobe in a small suitcase even when you travel in cold weather by using packing cubes to compress your clothing!




Winter Accessories


Gloves, hats and scarves are essential during Toronto winters. They add serious warmth to your outdoor outfits! I’d recommend packing two sets of winter accessories.

The first reason for this is because they can get very wet if it’s snowing out, so a second set will ensure you always have a dry hat to put on. The second reason is that it adds some variety to your travel pictures because you won’t look identical in each day’s shots!




Fleece-Lined Leggings


Whether worn alone or underneath a pair of pants, fleece-lined leggings will give you an extra layer of warmth. Since they’re much thicker than regular leggings they will help keep your legs warm, but they’re still just as versatile as the leggings you’d pack for other destinations.

Dress them up or down, wear them to a bar or on a winter Segway tour. Fleece-lined leggings are an essential item when planning what to wear in Toronto in winter.


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Author Bio: Kelly Ella Maz is a writer and full-time traveller. Originally from Canada, she left her home to chase summer around the globe. She’s currently living in Sydney, Australia where she spends her days exploring new cafes and hidden beaches. You can follow her travels at