Winter student tours are the best - if you're adequately prepared. Pack for the occasion and you'll have a blast.
Here are the essentials:
Note: we're not sponsored by any of the brands that appear in these photos. This is just a collection of our own winter gear we happen to have on hand. We'd be happy to guide you if you have any consumer questions.
1. Base layer (thermal underwear)
Your last line of defence. Whether you're standing in the crowd at the Quebec Winter Carnival's parade, or ripping down the Everest at Village des Sports, long-johns are guaranteed to keep you snug.
2. Wool socks
Another protective base layer guaranteed to keep your toes as warm as possible, even in the deepest snow. Bring a few pairs, and some thinner gym socks for an extra layer on those especially cold days.
3. Snow pants
Insulated and water-resistant, you simply can't comfortably enjoy a winter day without snow pants - especially with outdoor activities like snow-tubing, skiing and snowshoeing in the mix.
4. Mid layer (sweater)
You'll need a warm mid layer to put on between your thermal undies and your jacket. Fleeces, flannels, hooded sweatshirts all do the trick. Hoods are great for cutting out the wind.
5. Scarf or neck-warmer
With or without a hood, and no matter how warm your jacket is, an exposed neck can be really uncomfortable. Give yourself the gift of a scarf or neck-warmer - they make such a difference!
We cannot understate the importance of a good pair of winter boots. They should be waterproof, insulated, and sit above your ankle.
Insulated, windproof and water-resistant, your jacket is your first line of defence. Hoods and collars are ideal for cutting out the wind.
8. Hat (or tuque)
Your head loses a lot of heat if exposed to the cold, so bring a hat (or 'tuque', as it's commonly known in most of Canada) to ensure you return home with your ears intact.
Cold fingers are the worst. Insulated, waterproof gloves are good, but mittens are even better because it's like your fingers are sharing a sleeping bag. Bring a lighter pair as back-up.
10. Sun protection
Sounds strange, but when the sun reflects off fresh white snow, you can catch a sun burn on even the coldest of days. We recommend sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm (the lip balm is doubly useful because cold weather tends to be dry, as do hotel rooms).