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profile member asked on Dec 15, 2008

Clothing needed for Winter

Hi [VT member abf7b] New Zealand

My daughter and her husband from New Zealand will be living in Regina next Jan, Feb and March. As it is a work secondment their accommodation is provided. Can anyone help with suggestions as to the best type of jacket and other clothing etc to buy for their stay. Any other tips would be appreciated.

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answered on 12/15/08 by
a VT member from Vancouver

Expect up to -40 temperatures with the odd -60 with wind chill. I would recommend a 3/4 length down jacket with hood. Lined nylon gloves, Sorel type boots, thermal underwear. Lots of chapstick and sunglasses sre also a good idea. THen there is the -10 to -20 clothes, layers
They may only need this much for a week to 10 days but, it could be very uncomfortable if they don't have it.
It is also nice to have a remote starting vehicle too.
Cross-Country skiing is a sport they should try when they are there.
Tell them not to be afraid of the cold as Millions live through this type of winter worldwide. It will be give them a lifetime of stories.


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answered on 12/15/08 by
a VT member from Winnipeg

Like Griff said, layers are good. Your daughter and SIL are only going to be there for three months. I don't know how much clothing I would buy before I got there. Your family might do the same as the rest of us who live in these stupid cold cities. When it gets that cold, all you do is run from your home to the car, drive to work, run to the office and reverse it on the way home.

Save the going for long walks in the bush for the polar bears and other crazies. If you use that rule, a 3/4 length winter jacket, scarf, gloves and toque is enough. Probably better to wait until you get to Regina to buy it. Even the Regina Walmart will have warm clothes.

During those three months some of the time will be -30C to -50C with windchill (it is almost that cold here today), but most of the time, it will probably be -10C to -15C and when it is that warm?, wearing some of your layers will work fine and you will be able to explore Regina.

They will have a great time!


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answered on 12/15/08 by
a VT member from Winnipeg

pjbblen - By the way is it you who rated my Regina tips today? If so, thank you very much (there is not a lot of call for VT'ers to read Regina pages).


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answered on 12/15/08 by
a VT member from Huddersfield

Trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local on the day variations.
This information should be used as a guide only.
Here is the average weather for Regina for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.

January
High 12f / -11c
Low -8f / -22c
Rain 0.58in / 14.7mm
wind (from the) North

February
High 19f / -7c
Low -1f / -18c
Rain 0.51in / 13.0mm
Wind (from the) SE

March
High 31f / -1c
Low 11f / -12c
Rain 0.65in / 16.5mm
Wind (from the) SE


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answered on 12/15/08 by
a VT member from Winnipeg

Ricky, what the heck are you doing in the Regina forum? You are a long way from home!

pjbblen, one of the things you have to worry about about those weather stats is that the precipitation falls as snow - so 1/2" of rain is probably 6" of snow. Also unfortunately the snow doesn't get absorbed into the ground. It stays until March or April when it melts (mind you some small percentage of the snow evaporates directly into the air.


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answered on 12/15/08 by
a VT member from Huddersfield

I decided a long, long time ago to help out with weather questions. This was long before you had a chance to get ratings for them.
Over a long period of time, I have built up a large data base of weather conditions for a lot of holiday destinations. This data base is growing all the time.
I find that most people who inquire about the weaather like to see the tempratures/stats etc

I do of course rely on members like yourself to come in and tell the members that you won't see the rain because it will be snowing. lol


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answered on 12/16/08 by
a VT member

Hi again from New Zealand

Thanks for all the good advice. Given that their stay in Regina is only for three months, does anyone know if the local secondhand clothing stores might have jackets, boots etc. Is it possible to rent anything like that?

Thanks again
Peter from NZ


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answered on 12/16/08 by
a VT member from Vancouver

Lats?
I would think there would be second hand stores that might have those items but, it may be slim pickings by January.
Rentals? Doubt it but, I have been wrong before.


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answered on 12/16/08 by
a VT member from Winnipeg

I presume there are second hand type stores - like the Sally Ann (Salvation Army) has a number of outlets in Winnipeg. But that is why I mentioned Walmart or Zellers. Their stuff is not that expensive, and they should carry outerwear that is warm enough there.

I have never heard of renting. It seems it would not be feasible as to dry-clean a winter coat is probably a third to a half the cost of buying one and no one would want to rent a coat without it being cleaned first.


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answered on 12/17/08 by
a VT member from Nanton

I lived in Regina for 13 years. (And actually survived, lol!) I don't know of any place where you can rent clothing. As others have already mentioned, Walmart is a great place to find brand new, warm clothing that is reasonably priced. If you want second hand clothes, then tell them to check out the Salvation Army Thrift Store on the east side of the city or the Value Village store, which used to be more or less centrally located on Broad Street. I haven't been back to Regina for a couple of years, but that is where Value Village used to be.

Also, in the same little shopping centre as Value Village is the Sears Outlet store, where you can find brand new items at greatly reduced prices. The majority of the items there are returns from catalogue shoppers and overstock items. The new stuff comes out on the floor every Tuesday, so Tuesday or Wednesday are the best days to check them out. They carry everything from clothing to tools to furniture to appliances. That used to be my favorite place to shop! While there are Sears outlet stores in most major Canadian cities, the one in Regina tends to have the best selection, because the catalogue shopping is all based out of Regina. (Spoken just like a former employee, huh?)

Here is a link to Sears' webpage discussing their outlet stores, or clearance centres:

[original link]


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answered on 12/17/08 by
a VT member from Nanton

wow... that was useful.... I gave you the link to the U.S. website!

Here's the link to the Canadian website:

[original link]

Then go to the bottom of the page and select "store locations" and then "outlet stores" to find the address for the Regina outlet store.

I hope that helps!

- CG


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answered on 1/19/13 by
a VT member from Canada

Sweaters, warm, good quality jackets, boots, hats and gloves for outside. Usually Wholesale Sports or any other sporting goods store sells really good quality winter gear. It gets really cold during those 3 months (-25 degrees, but with the wind it can get much colder.) Because Saskatchewan is a rather flat prairie province, the wind can get really strong and cold. But during the summer it gets much warmer :) I wish them the best of luck!

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