As we make our way into colder days, you’re going to want to bundle up. Toronto winters can be brutal, so it’s better to be prepared in advance and say hello to big, downy parkas. If your hunt for the perfect winter jacket has just begun, this is the perfect starting point for you. We know winter coats don’t always come cheap so if this is the year you’re looking for a new one, we have you covered.
Take a look at our list of 15 of the best places to buy winter jacket in the GTA and don’t worry — you can thank us later when you’re not freezing your butt off!
MEC Is known for making some of the best outdoor gear on the market. With friendly and knowledgeable staff, this is a great place to get your hands on a durable and practical winter jacket that will last you a few years at the least.
Sporting Life is a mecca for all things snow related. The store’s winter coat selection is one of the best in the city, and it carries everything from high-end technical ski wear, to fashion-forward outwear that will make even the most seasoned fashionistas jealous. Sporting Life currently holds one of the largest Canada Goose collections and caters to the refined shopper who doesn’t mind shelling out several hundreds of dollars for a high-quality coat. What’s awesome about Sporting Life is that you can regularly find great winter jackets on sale that will help save you some coin.
A true destination for anyone obsessed with being outside, L.L. Bean is filled with everything you’ll need to stay warm while outdoors. In addition to all the cozy sweaters, boots, and flannel that the retailer is famous for, don’t forget to check out its well made winter coats, too. We couldn’t be more excited that the brand now has a location in Canada that’s situated at Oakville Place.
If there’s something Canadian retailer, Aritzia knows, it’s winter and the retailer has definitely upped its parka game within the last few years. Most of the parkas and coats you’ll find at Aritzia are from its house brands such as Golden by TNA, TNA, Community, and Wilfred Free, but they are without a doubt, warm as can be. Many of the jackets you’ll find are made of water-resistant material, have a removable vegan fur trim, are machine washable, and down-filled.
Lorne’s has been a staple in Toronto for decades and what’s great about Lorne’s is that it does one thing — sell coats — and it does it well. While the weather may dictate that you need a parka, often in Toronto it’s unnecessary if you’re a few minutes walk from the office. If you work in a typical office you need a business appropriate coat. Actually, we are going further than that everyone needs a dress coat, not just you office folks.
Looking for a coat that’ll see you through the snowy season? You’ll want to get yourself into The North Face as soon as possible because in Toronto, you never know when winter will kickstart. If you think you need the heaviest jacket in the world to stay warm whilst outside, think again because The North Face has loads of coat options that are sleek, not bulky in the slightest, and won’t make you sacrifice warmth.
If looking cute is just as important as staying warm, then you’ve come to the right place. SOIA & KYO has you covered with its well made and expertly designed outerwear that doesn’t skimp on the chic details. The brands sporty down-filled parkas are crazy warm, and the fit of the coat looks so high fashion! Not wanting to order online? Head to Square One to shop in person!
A new label from Altitude Sports that’s out of Montreal is Vallier and it’s a name you’ll want to remember when shopping for all things winter weather. In addition to the ultra chic and warm parkas and down-filled jackets that the brand offers, make sure you layer up in one of its crewneck sweatshirts and sweaters for all the cozy vibes!
If you’re looking for cheap and cheerful, Value Village and various secondhand shops around Toronto are always great to hit up. While considered “gently used” you can often find yourself a great unique jacket perfect for those who need more than one or two jackets to round out your style needs. Many great consignment stores have fabulous vintage designer coats that can help you stand out in a crowd. Going this route almost guarantees you won’t be standing next to someone in the exact same coat as you.
While it can be somewhat hit or miss, Winners and Marshalls are great options for the shopper looking to pick up a brand name winter coat without breaking the bank. The best part is that these stores restock merchandise frequently, so there’s a good chance you’ll score no matter when you go in to shop.
Joe Fresh is a great choice for the frugal shopper. If you’re in the market for a down-filled coat this is the place to go to grab one for under $200. These coats are crazy warm and will last multiple seasons so you really get a great bang for your buck.
While definitely not cheap option, a Canada Goose jacket is well worth your buck if you’re looking to invest in a quality, made-in-Canada down jacket. Having been experts in luxury extreme weather outerwear since 1957, you can be guaranteed that the brands coats will last a lifetime and keep you warm in the chilliest winter temperatures. The brands newest collab is with luxury label Juun.J and it’s a collection that re-imagined four of its heritage pieces. Expect to see the same super warm jackets but with trendy exaggerated proportions and graphic silhouettes.
If you’re looking for a place that has a TON of different styles to choose from, start your search at Nordstrom. Whether you’re looking for something functional or fashionable, the store has the best of both worlds, plus everything in between. Think quality Canadian brands, as well as other designer labels like Cole Haan and Ralph Lauren. Not to mention you can even enlist the help of a free stylist to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
If you consider yourself an adventurer, you might want to check out Patagonia. The brand is all about functionality and durability at its best. The brands sporty yet chic jackets are perfect for those wishing to spend a lot of time doing activities outdoors this winter. Known for its lighter jackets that are compact, water resistant, and insulated, you’ll get all the warmth without feeling like the Michelin Man.
Montreal-based Pajar makes jackets that are both stylish and warm, and when we say warm, we mean you won’t freeze, even when it’s -30C outside. There’s a reason why Pajar has been highly revered in the winter wear world, and its quality, innovative technology, and craftsmanship prove why.
If you’re in the market for classic fitted silhouettes and functionality, then Nobis has your back. The brands jackets will keep you safe and warm in pretty much all weather conditions, including wind, rain, snow, sleet, and hail. A big plus is that Nobis jackets can be home laundered, meaning you can save big money on pricy dry cleaning.
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