Where to find men’s and women’s winter jackets in Calgary

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes, goes an old Norwegian saying. Calgarians know a thing or two about dressing for the elements, sometimes getting a taste of four seasons in one day. This list of shops will help you locate winter outerwear for any weather – from sub-zero to shoulder season to fast-melting Chinook days.

Hudson's Bay

1
200 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B5

Sometimes you just want the comfort of familiarity. You know you can walk into Hudson’s Bay and find quality outerwear from a large variety of designers in multiple styles. You’ll find parkas, bomber jackets and dressier wool coats for men, women and children. Recently renovated and updated, North America’s oldest retailer has brought in many new brands in every department, including outerwear. You’re likely to leave with a coat that will keep you warm, and at a discount if you visit on Bay Days or during a Friends & Family event.

Nordstrom Chinook Centre

2
6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0K8

The city’s newest department store is a destination unto itself, and is also the U.S.-based retailer’s first Canadian location. A thousand curious Calgarians lined up for opening day. Shoppers are still returning a year later for excellent service, a variety of brands and for lunch at Bazille, its popular onsite French bistro. If you can tear yourself away from the shoe department, you’ll find high-end designer coats and jackets by Canada Goose, Burberry, Vera Wang and mid-range lines like Michael Kors.

Ginger Laurier

3
812 49 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1G9

Shoppers who prefer intimate boutique shopping with personal service head to Ginger Laurier. Locally owned, it specializes in sumptuous fabrics and chic outerwear for women by European, Canadian and U.S. designers. Think buttery leather coats and sophisticated, cozy woolen outerwear. While you’re there, complete your winter ensemble with a selection of sensible and stylish European boots.

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

4
830-10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A9

Whether you’re walking to work down Stephen Avenue or scaling an ice wall, MEC has a cold-weather coat for you. First, card-carrying lifetime membership costs just $5. It’s also easy to get drawn into the array of gadgets and gear on its two levels. When it comes to outerwear, in store and online shoppers are spoiled for choice. MEC makes quality coats for all kinds of weather under its own label and carries well-known brands such as Helly Hansen and Patagonia.

Atmosphere

5
5967 Signal Hill Centre, Calgary, AB T3H 3P8

You might be dazzled by the shiny kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, skis, snowboards and camping gear at Atmosphere. But in between all the hardware are the soft, downy goods needed to get you through an Alberta winter. Helly Hansen, North Face, Mountain Hardware, Marmot – and now Canada Goose – to name just some of the dozens of brands the store sells. Owned by the Forzani Group of Sport Chek fame, the staff is also genuinely knowledgeable about the gear it sells.

Sport Chek

6
54-1200 37 Street SW, Calgary, AB T3C 1S2

Sport Chek is Canada’s largest sporting goods retailer. When the kids need a new hockey stick, or soccer shin-pads, this is the place to go. But you can also find outerwear for the whole family including jackets, snowpants and boots suitable for activities on ski slopes and ice rinks. Sport Chek carries a range of familiar brands, such as well-priced Columbia and Firefly to premium lines like Under Armour, Helly Hansen and North Face.

Henry Singer

7
360-315 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4K1

Few people may know that Henry Singer was a real Albertan who launched a custom-made suit shop in the ’30s. Today, the family business comprises three large stores in Calgary and Edmonton, and is known for its premium-quality and custom-made suits. Italian designers, such as Armani and Canali fill the racks. Outerwear offerings are also top of the line: designer leather jackets, fine wool overcoats for dress occasions and casual, cold-weather anoraks and parkas from Canada Goose, Barbour and Hugo Boss.

North American Quality Purveyors

8
1207 10 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0W6

North American Quality Purveyors is not your typical clothing shop. Tucked inside an unassuming, converted house just off Inglewood’s main drag, this men’s shop offers a cool collection of cabin-meets-vintage-chic outerwear, perfect for chopping wood, snowshoeing in the woods or walking to your downtown office. Its functional outwear is made from stylish but durable materials, such as the N1 jacket crafted in Portland. It features waxed army duck canvas, merino sheep mouton lining and tough melamine buttons.

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