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Winter Essentials from 12 Canadian Rockies Shops

Jan. 21, 2016
By Where Writers


Ultra Warm
In Jasper, keep the cold out with items from these local shops:

  • Totem Ski Shop: Merino wool base layers by Ibex are warm, comfortable and breathable. “They smell fresh even after an active day,” says store manager Victor Vassalo.
  • Wild Mountain: The North Face TKA 100 Glacier 1/4 Zip fleece mid-layer offers a soft, relaxed fit. “It’s great for activities or a day in town,” says Catherine Auclair of the store.
  • Mountain Air: Canada Goose down jackets come in a variety of lengths for different activities. Store owner Karen Jacobs says, “Even jackets built for -25°C aren’t bulky.”
  • Gravity Gear: Icebreaker Merino wool toques have thin fibres that keep you warm and don’t itch. When it comes to hats, Gravity Gear owner Dale Diduck is “all about wool.”
  • Edge Control Ski Shop: Seirus Heatwave+ Daze gloves and mitts have back-side Neofleece and reflective layers, and soft, wicking palm-side insulation. They’re “extremely warm,” says store owner Blair Timmins.
  • On-Line Sport: Sorel boots are durable and comfortable. On-Line owner Mike Merilovich says, “Many models are waterproof.”


Hot Shopping: Hats Off to Goorin Bros.

There was a time when headgear in Canada meant little more than baseball hats and winter toques. In recent years, however, hats have taken a stylish turn and become fashion statements unto themselves—fedoras, cloches, page boy caps and wide-brimmed straw chapeaus are all hot accessories. Fittingly, renowned milliner Goorin Bros. recently opened its first Toronto shop. Times have certainly changed since Cassel Goorin first sold hats from his horse cart in 1895; although there are more than 20 stores across the U.S. and Canada, the company remains family owned. Its second Canadian boutique—Vancouver boasts the first international location of the San Fransico-based business—is a charming space with inverted gramophones and row upon row of hats, hats and more hats. For an additional fee, you can personalize your look by adding feathers or even a sterling silver pin. Open daily. 320 Queen St. W., 416-408-4287.