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What to wear for winter in Winnipeg

The International Centre is hosting a winter clothing pop up display on Nov. 2

October 27, 2022 — 

With winter around the corner, there’s no denying that we’ll see colder, freezing and frosty weather. The International Centre is running a pop-up winter clothing display on Wednesday, November 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to help international students prepare for Winnipeg’s winter climate.

Winnipeg’s notorious winters can have the city covered in snow and harsh weather for up to six months a year. Everyone knows they need to dress appropriately for the colder months, but making this adjustment properly can be tricky if you don’t have lived experience. That’s why the International Centre is encouraging international students to attend their winter clothing pop-up display and see real examples of appropriate winter attire in Winnipeg.

Students can take a close look at various winter clothing options, feel the items and have a better idea of what to look for in quality clothing: zippers instead of button-ups, down-filled garments, waterproof material, insulated boots with grip, detachable hoods, and learn about the proper ways to take care of them. Every student works with a unique budget, so the display will also offer tips to work in the fundamentals while being mindful of financial constraints.  

“There are ways to ensure you’re safely dressed if you invest in the right pieces,” says Crystal Stewart, International Transitions Coordinator. “You can find something in almost every price point, whether that’s looking for sales, or buying second hand.”

Students are also welcomed to ask questions; those with more experience will be happy to discuss the types of clothing that work well, where you can purchase them, the best qualities to look for when shopping and ways to stick to your budget.

The display will touch on dressing for a variety of weather conditions: late fall, deep winter, and spring. The session will also explain some vocabulary and different names for certain items, such as toques/hats, gloves and mitts, scarves and neck warmers, and so on.

Striking the balance between safety and comfort is also an important part. You don’t just have to make it through winter. If you are dressed appropriately, it’s entirely possible to enjoy the season, participate in outdoor activities and get out and see the city too!

“A really important aspect of allowing students to embrace and enjoy the winter, and all it has to offer, is to be prepared for the weather that day and be comfortably dressed,” Stewart adds. “When you’re dressed properly, it can positively change your attitude and allow you to explore the city, try new activities and just enjoy the beauty of winter.”

Pop-up Winter Clothing Display
November 2, 2022
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
541 UMSU University Centre



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