As you settle in your new life as an international student here in Canada, preparing for its ever-changing seasons is one of the most important things to do, especially if you aren’t familiar with climate adjustments like sudden temperature drops during winter season. Knowing what to pack for your stay in Canada is an essential move in adjusting to your new life here. It’s important to know that Canada is a big country with various climates for every regions; winter in Montréal is different from winter in Vancouver or Toronto. To help you, we have prepared an overview of the country’s different seasons for you, as well as ideal things to pack before moving to Canada. Keep reading this article to learn more.
Canada has four distinct seasons, namely spring, summer, fall, and winter. Spring days in Canada can be quite drizzly, while bringing in some warm days from time to time. Canada experiences hot summers with temperatures rising as high as 30°C. During fall season, the weather is windy and chilly, and winters in Canada is very cold with temperatures often reaching -30° C.
if you are visiting Canada for higher education, consider what time of the year you will be arriving. It is a large country and each region has its own weather patterns, so make sure that you have taken that area into account. Think about what kind activities you will be doing during your free time. If you are going to spend a lot of time outdoors, pack your sports clothing and hiking shoes. You will need clothing that’s quick to dry and has breathable fabric. Make sure to pack clothes that will help you adjust for each season. Jeans t-shirts, long underwear, sweaters, raincoats, fleece jackets, hiking shoes can never go wrong.
Spring in Canada lasts during March, April, and May, and typically sees a lot of rainfall with mixed sunny days. The temperature can be high enough occasionally for shorts and t-shirts, but you need to mind what you wear in spring. The ideal attire for this season would be t-shirts, jeans, sweaters, along with some rain gear. A fleece jacket will keep you warm on a colder day and could also protect you from the rain. During the spring season, get proper footwear like waterproof boots, or shoes made of leather or rubber.
For the summer months which could reach temperatures as high as + 35 °C (95 °F) in areas like Toronto and British Columbia, you should carry shorts, shirts, dresses, and light walking shoes, You can also bring bathing suits, as well as hiking or trekking gear if you like the outdoors and want to explore. Due to high humidity levels, the temperature seems much hotter during the summer. This weather is called the “humidex.” It’s pretty ideal to bring along insect repellent and sunscreen as mosquitoes, ticks, and flies are quite common during this hot season.
Fall in Canada lasts during September, October, and November. This season usually brings very pleasant weather. It is like an extension of summer but it can bring cold, rainy days as well, especially as November draws nearer. During this season, the weather is warm with calming days and chilly nights. At this point, you can switch to your favourite footwear like boots or sneakers. Wear thick socks to keep you cozy on cool days. Putting on a fleece sweater on days like this should be perfect, too. For Spring and Fall months, it’s advisable to get a waterproof jacket along with waterproof boots or shoes because the snow melts during the springtime and makes the ground damp. If you like to hike, these boots will come in handy, too. Carry light gloves during these months to keep you warm.
Winters in Canada can be extreme. Expect snow, rain, and sometimes a combination of both. The temperature mostly depends on the region where you will be putting up. Winter in the provinces brings intensely cold weather with sunny days but for most of the time, it brings lots of snow. Wearing warm, woolen layers is a must during this season. You will need thick apparel such as jeans, sweaters, fleece jackets, woolen socks, and winter jackets to help you layer up. For footwear, you will need boots preferably with rubber sole, for you to adapt to the snow.
You’ll also need hats to keep you warm during this tremendously cold season. If hats are uncomfortable for you, make sure to carry a headband or wear earmuffs especially if you are in places like Montréal or Ottawa. Wearing a scarf is a good idea for winter evenings. Wearing thermal underwear during the winter can also help you feel comfortable as they provide additional warmth for your body.
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