Over the years, I’ve started to learn how to embrace and accept winter. And I’m falling in love with Manitoba’s winters more and more, even now as I watch a blizzard brewing outside of my window. My province actually might be one of the best winter destinations in Canada, but you’ll want to be prepared. Prepared for picturesque snowy trails, cozy coffee shops, swanky lounges, and incredible, one-of-a-kind winter festivals. Oh, and you’ll also want to gear up with some killer footwear. Here are my picks from Union Jack Boots that will get you through every occasion of the season, no matter your city…
1. Trail trotting with 2976
Betcha didn’t know that the 2976 Boot by Dr. Martens has origins that reach back to 1951. These babies were originally worn as a horseback riding boot, which is why I’ve selected them for a trotting adventure at Birds Hill Park Ranch. Wear a (single) pair of wool socks in these boots, crafted with heavyweight leather, and you’ll be travelling in comfort and style down winding snow-covered paths.
2. Night out on the town with Magdalena
I’m pretty over the days of lining up for bars/clubs in heels and dresses. These days, on a night out on the town in winter, my legs will always be covered and I’ll be sporting boots like Dr. Martens Magdalena. I’ve pair these shoes for a night out at a popular cocktail bar in Winnipeg’s Exchange District called Albert Street Cocktail Company. I had one of the strangest cocktails I’ve ever had here, and will surely return sometime this winter for something that warms that belly.
3. Shopping historical districts with Serena
If you prefer to do your Christmas shopping at local boutiques, malls might not be for you. In my city, the historic Exchange District is an excellent spot for shopping and in general, for exploring. The area boasts some of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the city. The only problem? Some people don’t like walking from store to store outside in the cold. Nonsense, I say. All you need is a pair of warm boots like Dr. Martens Serena. Made to last with warm faux fur lining, these boots pair well with some cozy fleece leggings and a parka (I suggest The North Face).
4. Cabin weekender with Addison
One of my personal favourite things about winter is of course, cabin getaways. Adam has a lovely cabin in Lac du Bonnet that we are going to escape to this weekend, but a trip to Falcon Trails Resort in Whiteshell Provincial Park is long overdue. The cabins are charming and there’s plenty of trails for snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hiking. Kodiak’s Addison Boots are a good option for the latter, with waterproof leather, Thinsulate™ insulation and a slip resistant outsole. Plus their just really cute.
5. Ice castles with Timberland
One of the events I’m most excited for this winter is the Great Ice Show, taking place near The Forks in 2016. So far, all that has leaked has been this video, but come on. Ice dinosaurs? ICE BAR? I’m so in. As soon as I saw these Timberland boots, I knew they would be a good fit for the festival, since they have excellent traction (ice, duh) and are also waterproof/weatherproof. And they are a beautiful icy slate blue colour.
6. Francophone fun with Acadia
Last on my list is a gorgeous red boot that to me, just screams Festival du Voyageur. What is Festival, you ask? It’s a 10 day festival celebrating Francophone and Métis culture and traditions – but don’t worry, anyone can join in to the fun. The festival takes place in the historical Fort Gibraltar and features tons of outdoor concerts, jigging, caribou (the drink) and snow sculptures. The Acadia boot by Kodiak will match perfect with your ceintures fléchées. They are also waterproof and weatherproof, meaning you’ll be able to party the night away in this unique winter wonderland.
This post was sponsored by Union Jack Boots and 100% written by me.