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The Canada Goose Parka: Is a $700 winter jacket really worth it?

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I’ve spent $700 on a few things in my life. My unlocked iPhone, a few well-loved bicycles, and even my IKEA sofa cost seven bills.

But what about a puffy parka?

When I first spied the huge numbers of Canada Goose jackets flocking around Toronto I had no clue the down-filled, fur-trimmed parkas boast such sizeable price tags. With everyone wearing the Canadian-made coat, I figured the price was affordable.

Kerry K. Taylor

Kerry K. Taylor vs. the $700 Canada Goose Kensington Parka

Boy, was I wrong.

Turns out only snowbirds with deep pockets can afford to sport this popular outdoor brand on their wings. Are these jacket wearers getting goosed? Or is there real value behind the Canada Goose brand?

Selling Value

It’s hard to put a price on staying warm. I should know. As a Canadian who has lived in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and BC’s Okanagan Valley I’ve experienced all sorts of cold.

The worst type of cold is the feeling of the wet windchill biting your bones while waiting for a bus. So while waiting for budget transit in Toronto, I asked Canada Goose parka wearers why they bought a $700 coat.

The most common coat buying answers:

  1. Warmth without bulk: The “light-as-air” coat is filled with warm down.
  2. High quality materials: The parkas are made with goose down sourced from Canadian Hutterite farmers and come with a removable coyote fur-lined hood.
  3. Durable: Transit travelers loved the stitching, fabric, and perceived the coat to be highly durable. “An investment that will last for years,” many said.
  4. Made in Canada: “Not a cheap coat made in China.”
  5. Lifetime Guarantee: From Canada Goose: “Warranted to the original owner against defects in material and workmanship for the lifetime of the product.”
  6. Fashionable: The puffy coat looks so stylish that even celebrities and athletes boast the brand.
She might catch a chill: Canada Goose is so stylish that even Sports Illustrated bikini model Kate Upton is down with the goose.

She might catch a chill: Sports Illustrated bikini model Kate Upton is down with the goose.

Not racing to the bottom

Everyone knows that Canada Goose parkas never go on on sale, so the brand isn’t trying to race to the bottom by being the cheapest coat on the market. If you want cheap stuff made in China you shop at Walmart. If you want a Canadian-made coat, then maybe there’s a price to pay.

Also, allegedly selling a cheaper Goose-like knockoff is getting Sears sued for trademark infringement — so consumers have to buy the real thing to stay toasty warm.

The recent Canada Goose sale to U.S. company Bain Capital got a few consumers pecking over the brand staying Canadian-made in Canuckland. Something for future consumers to think about.

Birds of a feather…

Would you become a member of the flock and buy a $700 coat?

My most expensive winter coat is a BCBGMAXAZRIA fully-lined, mostly wool $199 deal bought through eBay. The zippers are a little breezy, but super cool.

Kerry K. Taylor

So far I’m dealing with the Canadian chill, but I’d love to know what you guys think:

YES to the $700 parka, or NO not down with the bird-brained deal?

Comment away!


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  1. December 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    After years of buying cheap coats that would only last a handful of winters I said yes to the $700 parka two years ago and haven’t regretted it one bit!!! No more freezing and constant layering of semi-warm coat and multiple warm sweaters to get through winter!! Also really helped when I sold the car and start taking the bus!! The way I figured it was that I won’t have to buy a coat for the next 10 years!! (~$70/year) I bought Canada Goose not so much for the name but also for the fit, I’m taller than most.. Same with the boots, also Canadian-made company $250 and they are on their 4th winter and I’m sure I’ll have them for another 4!!

    I’ll be wearing my Goose until there’s no feathers left in it!!!

  2. December 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    No. Not even if I still lived in canada.

  3. December 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I live in Ottawa, and walk 30min each way to/from work the whole winter. With the right layering I feel toasty warm in my old and worn ski jacket even in -40 wind chill. It’s the face, hands and feet that feel the chill more. I would invest in a good pair of gloves and socks instead.

  4. December 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    You can get a great really warm Mountain Hardware or North Face Down Filled winter Jacket for half that price. So in my opinion No. Not worth the price to me.

  5. December 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Canada Goose = status symbol = vain waste of money….
    Bought a wonderful Mark’s Work Wearhouse HD3 Tmax car coat for an amazing sale price of $125. It is warmer than ANYTHING I’ve ever owned. Also, no innocent coyotes were killed so I could parade around in my overpriced dumb jacket like a complete tool.

  6. December 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Just to point out to the people throwing out the over priced card. If this company is going to the extremes to source the feathers and manfucator the coats in Canada do you think they’re paying their employees minium wage? Giving people a fair wage means a product isn’t going to be as cheap as one made in China. Just think about that.

  7. December 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I presently own and wear a 12 year old Linda Lundstrom Laparka, which was the coat of choice for teachers doing outside supervision in central Manitoba. I wore a lighter jacket today since it was only -17 C but I have to admit that I have been looking at the down since the original Laparka is no longer made. If a product is really good for our conditions and made in Canada – and will last – then it just might be worth the cost.

  8. December 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    25 years ago, my dad bought me a parka from Army & Navy, with the fur trimmed hood that “tunnels” out. Between that, my hubbies work snow pants from Marks Workwearhouse and Sorel felt lined boots, I’m nice and toasty any day I venture out in -40 here in SK. The parka is waaaaaay to warm for anything above -30C….so I rarely need to use it. (Because I’m much wimpier in my older age, and don’t go outside unless I absolutely have to!) When my son finishes his final growth spurt, we’ll take him either to Marks or Peavey Mart to get outdoor winter work gear.

    I admit I have no sense of fashion…..but I do have a sense of warmth!

  9. December 18, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Cheap coats are like cheap shoes–they fall apart quickly. I have no problem getting a cheap coat for the kidlet–he’s never going to wear it for a second winter.

    I don’t think you have to spend $700 to get a good coat. I do think that, if you’re looking for a good coat at WalMart, you’re probably not going to find one.

  10. December 18, 2013 at 2:59 am

    In agreement with everyone else…STATUS SYMBOL… I have down filled North Face jacket for 5 yrs and it is toasty warm for the brittle winds of Ottawa. I paid $300 for it. Also I don’t have to have “coyote” trimmed hood (really!)

    It is nice to see “Canadian Made” however as stated it has now been bought by an USA company who will and I guarantee it outsource the coats to be made in China or India and will not be the same quality that people like to say they are!! Good Luck with that “Canada Goose”

  11. December 18, 2013 at 3:15 am

    I seriously considered if for the reasons listed. Especially the Canadian aspect, but no prof the coats are made in a union environment. I also despise labels and looking like everyone else. I ended up buying an $80 Joe Brand parka, removed the yucky furry hood, and had the zipper replaced at the farmers market for $30. This is my third winter wearing it. This winter I have been walking and taking transit, and the quality of my plain black Joe coat is fine. With apologies and thanks to the folks who made a pittance making it for me.

  12. December 18, 2013 at 3:15 am

    *proof* not prof

  13. December 18, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Sure, lets all buy cheap Chinese so we don’t have to work because there’ll be no work. Let’s all fill landfill with their garbage that lasts a few months and then has to be dumped. Wrong to spend so much money when we can keep Chinese in work and our own people on the streets. Get to it, support the Chinese economy

  14. December 18, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Yes, in a heartbeat. Growing up in Saskatchewan taught me the value of warmth and safety at an early age.

  15. December 18, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Here’s a website to make your decision easier –
    This brand helps you to identify people you shouldn’t do any business with.

  16. December 18, 2013 at 5:39 am

    I’m in Montreal and we have Kanuk here that sells for the same price : If I ever buy a coat for its warmth and status symbol, that is what I will buy and they have sales ! But, no, I would not buy a 700$ coat.

  17. December 18, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Absolutely! For the first 40 years of my life, I froze and shivered through winter. Then I discovered those really warm coats and I have never been cold again. I am not the type of person who has to change coat every year so paying a high price doesn’t bother me. One of my warm coats is 20 years old and still looks brand new. It’s still very very warm also. I could go out in -40° and still be warm.

  18. December 18, 2013 at 5:52 am

    My daughter ( style changes slightly each year) first year of university 7 years ago. It is still going strong, looks great. Good purchase while waiting for buses during university and now for her commute.

    Canada goose is made in Winnipeg by the Richlu Family, they started in Toronto but it has been here for 60+ years. There are still some clothing manufacturers in Winnipeg. Silver jeans come to mind and their is another family who make the outer wear for the armed forces and did a generous donation of outerwear and sleeping bags to one of the shelters for the homeless(Siloam Mission)

  19. December 18, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I would if I could, especially if manufacturing stays in Canada. I spend a hundred buck on a winter coat at Pennington’s a couple of years back–not an insignificant amount for someone on a limited income. The seams started splitting within the first year, and now it just looks like junk.

    If I can manage it, this year I’ll be getting a new coat that will (hopefully) not be made in a sweatshop, and will last a couple of years.

    Kerry, your wool coat looks just fine (and very warm). My only problem with it is that it’s not a parka, which is garment much more suited to my outdoor activities.

  20. December 18, 2013 at 5:59 am

    No, but that’s because I live in south Louisiana, USA, on the Gulf Coast. Still, like many posters, I imagine you can stay warm for much less than $700. At $700, it’s not the COAT that’s being fleeced….

  21. December 18, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Yes, it’s worth it. I live in Winnipeg – we don’t understand why someone in Toronto would need one, but if you are going to be outside in temperatures below -40, then a Canada Goose is totally practical. Think trying to walk a dog when it is -36 AND windy. Or having to stand at a bus stop waiting for twenty minutes at 7am & it’s that cold. Not much works, including the overpriced (& not well made) North Face parkas. To be fair, Mountain Equipment Co-op has similar stuff at half the price, but they are made in China, & probably not as warm if you’re going up North.

  22. December 18, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I am still warm and toasty in my knee length wool coat from Winners purchased 5 years ago for $80. No killing of coyotes required for my warmth!

  23. December 18, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Living in Saskatchewan which is probably only rivaled by Manitoba and Nunavut on how cold it gets I had announced in the fall that I was going to buy one of these jackets. However, I’m cheap and kept stalling due to the price. Then when waiting over an hour outside in -25 weather to get into Greycup events I noticed two girls in front of me wearing Canada Goose Parkas. They were jumping around as if in death throes due to the cold and right then I decided I wasn’t buying that jacket. For that price they should have been the most comfortable people in line and that definitely wasn’t evident. I went and bought a down filled Point Zero Parka for 50% off coming to a cool $125. It’s definitely more Sugly than Sexy bought don’t care.

  24. December 18, 2013 at 6:06 am

    When I lived in New Brunswick I didnt have a need for an expensive goose down jacket, my snowboard jacket with a sweater on those really cold days were all I needed.

    Now that I live in Regina Saskatchewan where the temperatures can dip well below -40C with the windchill, I really appreciate the Canada Goose jacket that I bought two years ago. I agree it is not essential, there are many other people staying warm in Regina without the Canada Goose logo on their sleeve, but on those really cold days I really appreciate the warmth of the coat and while standing on the corner waiting for the crosswalk sign to change when the windchill is -45C, I am glad I paid even a high price for the comfort.

    I think it comes down to what part of the country you live in. This coat is probably overkill on Toronto, but in the prairies it is very valuable. So the price should be relative to how much comfort it will bring you.

  25. December 18, 2013 at 6:08 am

    A good winter coat and winter boots are definitely something I do not skimp on. I have a good down parka and boots that have lasted me for at least 4 winters now (maybe more). If it is cold, I put the hood over my toque and I am toasty warm.

    But, I will not pay $700 for a Canada Goose. I am more than willing to pay more for Canadian made products, but that kind of money is just not in the budget. And I am not a fan of the use of coyote fur.

  26. December 18, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I recently bought the Kensington jacket and don’t regret it one bit. I didn’t buy it for the brand but for the warmth, the quality and the lifetime warranty not to mention it is made in Canada. The North Face jacket I had stood up to Halifax winters but didn’t cut it in northern Alberta. Quality and performance is worth every penny.

  27. December 18, 2013 at 6:16 am

    CG is definitely a status symbol hence the ridiculous price -but the trend must be over because yes, CG does go on ‘sale’, since you can now get them at Costco.

  28. December 18, 2013 at 6:19 am

    My wife just bought me a Canada Goose coat and I must say that I absolutely love it. I walk over 40 minutes every workday outdoors and no other coat has ever kept me warmer. The hood and collar do an awesome job protecting the face and neck from windchill and sleeves are excellently designed to seal off the cold.
    I had a North Face coat in the past (that broke) and I find that Canada Goose is much better.

  29. December 18, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Please tell me which Costco sells CG!

  30. December 18, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I would not buy anything that had to have a coyote killed to line the hood! and most likely not $700 for a down coat – there are many other as warm ones out there. Like someone else said, one needs to also make sure one’s feet, face and hands are as protected.

  31. December 18, 2013 at 6:56 am

    NO WAY!! That is an outrageous price. The mark-up must be HUGE.

    Dare I say it, but even from south of the border, same quality, same warranty (women’s), comparable coat:

    LL Bean – $269
    Patagonia – $299
    Eddie Bauer – $229 – $249
    Barbour – $250 (on sale at a Barbour outlet; normally $550) – where another seller
    (UK) advertises this women’s Canada Goose parka for 733 POUNDS, or
    CAD $1274.00. What the??

    These online prices available to anyone.

    Shop around, esp. at manufacturers’ outlets and/or Boxing Day sales, Etsy and others.

    As importantly, do your homeworrk on kinds and qualities of down…

  32. December 18, 2013 at 7:01 am

    For all who say the price is not worth it: Not if you live down south where it is warm all year.
    I bought my Canada Goose coat in the 1990s and have been extremely pleased with it. Here in Labrador we often have the temperatures drop for a week or more where the daytime high might reach, before adding wind chill, to a balmy -30. At times I am outside for two to four house and I assure you that in those temperatures a warm Canada Goose parka is worth every cent. As well, I have had mine for about 20 years and it is still in rather good shape. Perhaps not as attractive as the day I bought it but at -35 sane people are more interested in functionality than looks. So about 20 years and I paid less than $700 originally, less than $500 if memory serves correctly, I think it was well worth it.

  33. December 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Yes I would buy one. I like to pay for something that lasts. Also you are thin and gorgeous.

  34. December 18, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I dunno. Sounds too much to me, especially when a little layering will do just fine. Maybe it really depends on your climate.

    To all the people objecting to the coyote fur, I’m assuming you’ve never lost a pet to one or had your child attacked by one. They’ve moved into Toronto and when I lived there, it seemed like every week there was a new missing cat poster up and I remember the headlines when one attacked and killed a family dog in their backyard. I’m fairly certain I heard about a child attacked too, but not killed.

    Now I’m not saying coyotes should be hunted to extinction but taking responsibility for the excess population by putting them to use sounds like a reasonable and wise solution.

  35. December 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I had a Canada Goose parka for the last 8 years, but it was starting to look old and I accidentally ripped it. Having a newborn a $700 jacket wasn’t something I was ready to buy. We went looking for jackets all over. Stumbled upon the Sears Alpintek… and holy crap is it awesome. Totally comparable to my old Canada Goose… and it was only $220!

  36. December 18, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I bought the Sears knock-off for $179+tax. I love it. I once paid $700 for a down-filled snowboard jacket for my son. It tore just the same as a $100 dollar one and after two winters wasn’t “cool” any more. So no I wouldn’t pay $700 for a CG. That is flat out a ridiculous price and I can say that cause I actually HAVE paid that before and it was NOT worth it!

  37. December 18, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I have a MEC down parka that have kept me warm in parts of Canada like the Northwest Territories. After 10 years of use, there are some minor scuffing but it is still going strong and just as toasty warm. It is well designed plus it costs only half as much.

  38. December 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I lived in Siberia for 23 years so I can judge. $700 for a winter jacket… Hmmm… As any woman I should have lots of jackets for lots of occasions: classy, trendy, moody, weatherly and simply a coat/jacket that matches my new boots/shoes or a new purse. They also should be up-to-date I think so I change them every 2-3 years to have a modern look. I would never buy so expensive jacket that I can use for couple years only and look like the same Xmas tree every winter… I will better buy more different coats for lesser price… So I say NO to this jacket!

  39. December 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I’m in Toronto too, and I don’t think for a second that all of those “Canada Goose” jackets I see are legit. There is a thriving market of knock offs.

  40. December 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I don’t own one. You get what u pay for inpatient cases
    If I lives in Vancouver no I wouldn’t buy but if I lived in
    Yellowknife I would
    Interesting comments from people who call it a status
    Symbol but in the same sentence say they own
    North face gear. Hellloooo north face is just the same

  41. December 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I understand the need for warm clothing in Canada. But I must believe this coat is over priced. It cannot be that much better than a $500 coat. And the coyote trim. What ever your feelings about coyotes keep in mind that many a coyote fur is actually dog. Further gives one pause…or is that paws. Surely people kept warm in Canada before this coat came along and they will continue to keep warm,one presumes.

  42. December 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    @Jess You know I’m not the gal on the cover of Sports Illustrated, right?

  43. December 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm


    Too much money. I’m sure there are lots of coats which are comparably warm, and layering is better for you in all kinds of weather.

    Coyotes – people aren’t killing them FOR the jackets. They are being hunted anyway.

    Warranty – what the heck does this REALLY mean?

    “Warranted to the original owner against defects in material and workmanship for the lifetime of the product.”

    umm, the lifetime of the product is how long it lasts. If it falls apart, who decides whether it is covered as being ‘within the lifetime of the product’? What a stupid wording.

  44. December 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Oh, but I do like the Made in Canada aspect. I wonder if they will continue to be. I try to buy North American made items whenever possible.

  45. December 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Nope. Way beyond my budget, and how would I layer down during hot flashes? Of course in Vancouver I don’t regularly need this much warmth, but I inherited my Mom’s el cheapo Manitoba parka, and it more than fills the bill…

  46. December 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    There are a few objections to the use of coyote fur in this coat. In parts of Canada, coyotes are consider vermin and are regularly hunted as such. If anything, these coats are sourcing material from a local culled animal that might otherwise go to waste. Would one rather have artificial petroleum-based faux fur wrapped around their face? Or a leather jacket made in a sweatshop in Vietnam? If the goose down is sourced from local huderite colonies, then it makes sense that the fur trim is locally sourced from rural Canada as well.

  47. December 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    There are also many comparisons being made between CG and other brands… Of course brands a like north face are going to be cheaper- they are made in poor foreign countries where their overhead costs are lower so they can still price in their inflated markups on their products and still have their coats come out to only a couple hundred bucks retail. If a price comparison should be made, it should be between CG and coats made in other developing countries where fair worker wages are paid, so coats made in the EU, US or other Canadian brands, like the kanuk comparison made above.

  48. December 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I have been debating buying a CG for two years now, but still can’t bring myself to pay that much because I don’t do much walking outdoors. I either take the subway or used the PATH (underground system in TO) to get to around and a down coat would have caused some serious overheating. But now with a child, I will likely spend more time outdoors so I may invest in one in the future, but I will wait and see how my current 8 year old parka holds up and the fate of CG (will it still be sourced and manufactured in Canada?). The coat is worth it if you will get a lot of use out of it- otherwise it’ll just be a pricy fashion statement!

  49. December 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    About a decade ago, I was being sent to Hudson’s Bay in the middle of January for work but I was also on a budget. I went to Sir Plus in Ottawa and got myself a parka for under $300 which was my entir3 budget at the time. It was not down filled, and the lining around the face was fake fur, but it worked just fine, even when the mercury in the thermometer disappeared entirely into the bulb.

    That parka did not last more than 5 years, unfortunately.

    If my work was going to take me back up there again on a regular basis, I’d definitely consider the $700. But here in Northern Ontario, it just doesn’t get quite that cold.

  50. December 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I purchased a “cheap” Target parka that lasted me 10 years, kept me warm and the bitter wind out. I ended up donating it while in Canada as I had too much packed in my suitcase and it was too warm to wear it. I have yet to discover another great find like it. I wouldn’t pay $700 for a coat though.

  51. December 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I don’t bother with expensive coats. For Ottawa winters I just wrap myself in recycled Fiberglass Pink. Cheap and fashionable!

  52. December 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm


  53. December 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    The most I’ve paid is for my 3 in one Columbia jacket. I don’t care about fashion so much as being warm… I just walked away from a beautiful turquoise coat at target for 79.99. I still have a work coat and my Columbia coat which is 8 years old. If I had $700 to spend on being warm. I would. Price is relative to your disposable income. I’m not working so an $80 coat is too much and easy to rationalize not buying as I have two coats.

  54. December 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    No I know you are not the photoshopped SI girl! You are the cute girl in the sleek back coat!! This article inspired me to start a savings account just to buy the Canada goose jacket! I believe in paying more for better quality. I already have a winter coat I bought 3 years ago for $150 from Land’s End. It’s very good quality but as I’m planning on moving to Edmonton I will need another coat too.

  55. December 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I was ‘down’ with the idea at one point, so I actually went to try one on, and then realized that there was a coyote fur-lined hood. Ready to buy one, I asked if I could purchase it without this fur, when the reply was ‘No’, I was out. I don’t agree with wearing fur. There are other Canadian made options available, without the fur