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We often read about transitioning footwear from winter to spring and summer to fall but what about fall to winter? The struggle can be real—do you pull out the heavy duty lug-sole Sorel boots or do you hold out with a pair of rubber Hunter boots? Since Canada is vast, depending on where you live can mean different degrees of protection—and traction. Here are 13 transitional boots that will have you looking stylish and protected this fall and winter. We picked one to go with every major city in Canada, related to their average fall forecast.
Vancouver's wettest season is autumn, with an average of 450mm of rainfall. Come December the average temperature hovers around 6°C. Which means it's the perfect time to break out a pair of fleece lined rubber boots, or simply add liners to a pair of wellies you already own.
Redford boots, $110.
The most common forms of precipitation during November and December are light to moderate snow fall. Temperature can range drastically throughout the day, with daily highs of around 7°C dropping to -5°C.
Clarks Whistle Be a Leather Booties, $180.
Halifax gets a hefty rain fall come the autumn, with its rainiest month being November. The average temp is 6°C but come December it drops to -5°C with rain fall turning into snowfall of about 35 cms. Look for a water-repellant boots to keep feet dry and wool inning in your boots to get yours toes tasty.
Ecco ‘Elaine’ buckle boot, $290.
Charlottetown's rainiest time is during the fall, and come December there’s a mix of rainfall (59mm) and snowfall (66cm) with an average temperatures of -4°C. No need to pull out the big guns yet, stick to a sleek pair of waterproof boots.
Cougar ‘Quill’ boot, $110.
Come December Saskatoon sits at -11°C with light to moderate snowfall and an average of 18cm falling by months end.
Evener Peak Waterproof boots, $300.
Come December Toronto’s average forecast calls for moderate weather sitting at 1°C with a nice dusting of snow, 22cm to be exact. No need for heavy duty winter boots just yet, slip into something a little bit more fashion than function.
Arvida boots, $170.
December in Montreal is typically cold. According to Canada's National Climate Data, the average daily temperature for the month is -5°C. Though January and February are the snowiest months, Montreal normally has a blanket of snow come December. The month usually sees about 58 cm of snow, so it’s important to have a good bit of traction and warmth built into your boots.
Anchorage boot, $312.
Yellowknife's December average sit at a brisk -20°C with roughly 60 cm of snow projected, so it's time to break out the snow boots!
Ugg ‘Caleigh’ boot, $158.
Come the month of December daily temperatures range from -9°C—20°C. Snowfall is usually light and sits around 30cm. Look for boots that provide plenty of warmth, breathability and dry quickly.
Como boot with a temperature rating of -30°C, $170.
Fredericton enjoys a sunny climate, averaging about 2,000 hours of sunshine a year however its temperatures are on the chillier side come December, sitting around -6°C with snowfall accumulation hitting highs of 37cm.
Perry Top Sider Black saltwater boots, $140.
Winnipeg has its nickname "Winterpeg" for a reason, the city's temperature fluctuates but come December averages sit at -15°C with a light snowfall, accumulations only reach 12cm.
ROYAL CANADIAN ‘Kanata’ lace-up leather boots, $220.
Out east they get a warmer fall, and St. Johns is no exception. But the temps start to change quickly nearing the transition to winter with temps going from 4°C to -10°C in a flash with an snowfall for the months of December reaching 63cm. Try slipping on a pair of breathable leather boots with a flexible lug-sole and sterling lining.
Naturalizer ‘Tamsie’, $200.
Iqaluit is in the Arctic, so it's COLD. It's average fall to winter temperatures are crisp and cool: -23°C. Rubber boots won’t cut it, you need a boot that’s warm, functional and durable.
Tofino II Boots, $176.
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These pooches, all Purina Animal Hall of Fame inductees, showed amazing loyalty and courage in the face of potential tragedy.
Late one evening, Matthew Church returned from a bike ride complaining to his wife, Patricia, of pain in his shoulder and elbow. She gave him a couple of Aspirin, and he went upstairs to watch TV while Patricia read by the fireplace downstairs, the family's labradoodle, Zola, at her feet. Moments later, Patricia heard a thud from upstairs. She would have brushed off the noise, but Zola began to bark and growl at Patricia. Confused by Zola's behaviour, Patricia followed the dog upstairs, where Matthew was lying facedown without vital signs. He'd gone into cardiac arrest, but because of Zola's protective instincts, the ambulance arrived in time to restart his heart and save his life.
Raya, a five-year-old black Labrador retriever–Norwegian elkhound mix, loves elk hunting with her owner, Brent Cote, and his mother, Trudy. On a warm fall day in 2015, one such outing turned out to be much more exciting than usual. They'd been hiking for several hours when dusk fell and they began making their way back to their truck, walking along the edge of the forest. Out of nowhere, a bear burst out of the brush and charged toward the family in an effort to protect her cub. In an instant, Raya leaped in front of Brent and Trudy, barking and growling at the bear. After three attempts at charging, the mom and her cub were forced to retreat. Because of Raya's bravery, the trio was able to escape without injury.
Port Alberni, B.C., resident Kayla Aolick credits her golden retriever, Shadow, with helping restore her independence. Kayla has epilepsy, the aftereffect of a cancerous brain tumour that was removed when she was 11, and her episodes were once so bad that she couldn't go anywhere alone. But since the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides matched her with the seizure-detection dog four years ago, things have been very different. Shadow warns Kayla when a seizure is coming on—and he may be the reason she now experiences fewer episodes. With Shadow around, she and her family don't stress out as much about what will happen if a seizure strikes; they know he'll alert Kayla, get her mom or even push her medical-alert button, if necessary. From taking cooking classes to running errands solo, Kayla can finally live a more independent life.
Toronto Police Service Canine Unit Const. Steve Balice rarely goes anywhere without his police dog, Lonca. One November evening, the duo was stationed at the back entrance of a residential address, while the rest of the Emergency Task Force entered through the front door. Const. Balice saw an armed man running from the building, seemingly headed toward the officers out front, so he shouted numerous warnings before finally releasing Lonca to bring the suspect down. The man proceeded to strike Lonca in the face with a machete—but he didn't let go until the suspect finally surrendered. Though bleeding, Lonca assisted in the capture of a second suspect before being rushed to the veterinary hospital, where he received five stitches on his face and two staples in his paw. The suspect who attacked Lonca was the first in Canada to be charged under Quanto's Law, a piece of legislation enacted in 2015 to protect law-enforcement animals, military animals and service animals.
The Purina Animal Hall of Fame is an annual ceremony that recognizes heroic animals from across Canada—to the tune of 172 inductees in its 48 years. The vast majority are dogs, but there have also been feline inductees—and even a horse! This year, in addition to these four brave dogs, Rex, a Saskatoon-area pooch who saved a family member from a house fire, was honoured. Read his heartwarming tale here: How one family's rescue dog turned out to be a hero.
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