The Ultimate Winter Parka

Dress Up, Chow Down - Canada Goose Trillium Parka

In December of 2014, when I was planning my trip to Montreal, I realized I was going to be really cold. And I’m a born and bred Canadian – I know cold ๐Ÿ˜‰

I didn’t have a coat that I was sure wouldย keep me warm while exploring. I wanted a coat that didn’t require me to layer to stay warm and one that was long enough to keep my legs protected too.

Without hesitation, the first brand I thought of was Canada Goose – the outerwear company with a reputation for keeping people toasty even in the most frigid, bitingly cold weather.

And one that is even popularย with Americans in colder parts of the states i.e. NYC.

Dress Up, Chow Down - The Ultimate Winter Parka

Dress Up, Chow Down - The Ultimate Winter Parka

One of the coolest things IMO about shopping Canada Goose is that you can filter products by temperature. Canada Goose uses a thermal experience index (TEI) rating to show which products are suited to which levels of cold. So realize that if you buy a 0 C / -10 C jacket for below – 20C weather, you might have to layer.

I knew I didn’t want to rely on layering and I also knew how cold Montreal was going to be. So, I went deep – straight into the lap of the Trillium Parka and into TEI 4 (-15 C / – 25 C) Rating.

Dress Up, Chow Down - The Ultimate Winter Parka

Dress Up, Chow Down - The Ultimate Winter Parka

The Trillium Parka is long with handy pockets in the front. If you’re like me, sometimes you forget to bring your gloves with you, but with this parka, you can just stick your hands into your pockets or even fold the ends of your sleeves to block out the cold.

An important decision for me when buying this coat was, “What colour am I going to get?”

I didn’t want it to clash with my clothes because, well, I’m going to wear it a lot. I want to stay warm! I didn’t want to look like a disaster if I can help it. So after considering what I was realistically going to wear most of the time, I chose black. Versatile.

Dress Up, Chow Down - The Ultimate Winter Parka

Dress Up, Chow Down - The Ultimate Winter Parka

An important decision for others when it comes to Canada Goose is regarding its use of fur. The use of real animal fur has been a long-time controversial subject.

Mostly out of concern for the animals. Is it really necessary to use real fur? How much pain will they be in?

I know these are important concerns for people – and for me as well, simply for the fact that I should be informed – so I did a little research before buying and this is what I found.

Canada Goose FAQs

Canada Goose does use real (coyote) fur – and they do it because faux faur is simply not as warm as real fur. The company prioritizes functionality and creates products designed for the coldest places on Earth.

Canada Goose supports the ethical, responsible, and sustainable use of fur and only purchases fur from Canadian trappers who respect nature and who have upheld traditions for generations.

Canada is the world leader in humane trapping methods and all trappings of fur-bearing animalsย are strictly regulated by provincial and wildlife departments in Canada.

*Source: Canada Goose FAQs

Final Thoughts

Personally, I’m not a fur person and I don’t condemn anyone who is. I think it’s important to be informed just as I think it’s important to pay attention to practical needs.

For me, I valued being warm and I chose a coat and a reputable brand that met my needs.

Do you wear Canada Goose? What are your thoughts on the use of real fur?

Theย Outerwear

Parka by Canada Goose

Photography by Denisa at Redeeemed Photography

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