Six inexpensive ways to beat the winter blues in Calgary
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Aren’t we lucky to live in a city with so many activities to choose from? Each season offers tons of reasons to get outside and enjoy the environment. Yes, winter in Calgary can be brutally cold. But those nasty days are actually very few. With some good clothing choices, you can leave the house and have a heap of winter fun. There are lots of outdoor options that can be done on a skinny budget right here in Calgary. Here are our top six ideas to help you enjoy the beauty of winter.
Get decent winter clothing
Staying warm is all about layers. Get a good base layer of long underwear and good socks. Look for materials that use wool to help wick away moisture. The middle layer should be a nice fleece or puffy jacket to hold in the heat from your body. The outside layer (jacket and pants) needs to be a moisture and wind block. Don’t forget about your neck and head. Get something to wrap around your neck like a scarf and find a hat to cover your ears. Your mitts or gloves need to be waterproof too.
Calgary has lots of second-hand shops to help you find clothes without spending too much money. Check Calgary Goodwill, Value Village, Play it Again and even little places like 17th Ave Thrift Store have amazing gems. Watch for quality brand names like MEC, The North Face, Salomon, Smartwool, Patagonia and Arc’teryx.
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