Originally Posted by LA Guy
Yep. Edmonton gets pretty cold in the winter.
So does Calgary, which is a little south of Edmonton.
We had a few days last year where the temperature dropped to -31Â°F. Try looking stylish when you're wearing ski goggles to keep your eyes from freezing.
The picture below is on my commute to work. The Bow River is steaming in response to a 15-20 degree drop from previous night. Which means the water (with the floating ice chunks) is actually warmer than the air temperature.
I'm not sure if the winters in Boston are worse, but a huge arctic parka seems overkill. I dress in layers to keep warm: long johns, wool sweaters, long sleeve thermals, polar fleece, GoreTexâ„¢, scarfs. I swear by GoreTexâ„¢, because for me wind is half of the cold. And scarves are great for keeping your neck and face warm or if your body needs extra warm too.
Living in Canada my whole life I've got quite the collection of insulated jakets, GoreTexâ„¢ shells, soft shells, polar fleece, and wool, but no arctic parka.
So unless you're going to be outside most of the day, don't buy a huge parka.