Shopping for Winter Weather

Winter in Winnipeg
Despite the renowned cold, Winnipeg has the sunniest winter season in Canada with 358 hours of sunshine! The average low temperature in the winter is −20.2°C.  It’s important to dress properly so you can be safe and enjoy the winter weather.

Some things to consider:

Wind chill – The wind chill index is what makes cold temperatures feel even colder, combining the temperature with the wind speed. You will often see weather reports saying it “feels like…” a lower temperature. This means that the temperature will feel much colder. Be sure to cover any body parts exposed to the wind.

Frostbite – When skin is exposed to cold temperature, it can cause injury to skin or tissue called frostbite. It is important to seek immediate shelter and go inside if you experience pain, numbness, tingling, swelling or colour change in your fingers and toes. Frostbite can happen in as little as 10 minutes.

Tips:

  • Dress in warm layers. For example, a long-sleeve sweater under a coat, a thin layer of pants underneath your jeans or ski-pants on top of your pants.
  • A coat with a down or feather-filled jacket retains heat. Your jacket should be wind- and water-resistant.
  • Cover up bare skin, especially on your fingers, toes, neck and face. Use a hat (toque), scarf or neck-warmer, glove or mitts.
  • Stay dry (you will sweat if you dress overly warm, making you feel colder).
  • Seek shelter from the wind when standing at the bus stop or going inside for breaks.
  • Wear insulated, waterproof boots.

For more information about winter safety, visit the Government of Canada website.

Where to Buy Winter Clothes

Looking for warm winter clothes? The list below is just a small sample of where you can find winter clothes in Winnipeg.

The following list and links are provided for informational purposes only. The University of Manitoba does not endorse, promote or have any affiliation with any of the vendors listed.

Price Range (where $ = not expensive and $$$ = expensive)

Close to the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus:

Store Name Address Contact

Price Range

The Bay St. Vital Mall
1225 St. Mary’s Road
 
www.thebay.com
(204) 255-1227

$$$

Old Navy St. Vital Mall parking lot 1225 St. Mary’s Road www.oldnavy.ca 
(204) 253-9666

$ ½

Value Village
(second hand store)
1729 Pembina Highway www.valuevillage.com 
(204) 261-8719

$

Goodwill
(second hand store)
1540 Pembina Highway (204) 475-4953

$

Giant Tiger 2195 Pembina Highway

www.gianttiger.com
(204) 269-7285

$ ½

Mark’s Work 
Warehouse
785 Dakota Street

www.marks.com 
(204) 256-5092

$$

Real Canadian Superstore 80 Bison Drive www.superstore.ca 
(204) 275-4100

$ ½

Winners 2127 Pembina Highway www.winners.ca 
(204) 261-1804

$$

Other stores in Winnipeg:

Store Name Address Contact

Price Range

Cabela’s 580 Sterling Lyon Parkway www.cabelas.ca 
(204) 786-8966

$$$

Champs Sports Polo Park Shopping Centre 1485 Portage Avenue www.champssports.com
(204) 774-8149

$$

Marshall’s 600 Empress Street
(next to Polo Park Shopping Centre)
1731 Kenaston Boulevard
www.marshallscanada.ca
(204) 775-7073
(204) 488-7545

$$

Mountain Equipment Co-op 303 Portage Avenue
(close to Bannatyne Campus)
www.mec.ca 
(204) 943-4202

$$$

The Bay Downtown 450 Portage Avenue
(close  to  Bannatyne campus)
www.thebay.com 
(204) 783-2112

$$$
(this location has good sales

Note: The Kenaston Outlet Mall  and Kenaston Commons have a variety of stores that sell winter clothing, men’s and women’s clothing, footwear and home décor items at discounted prices.