Stay Cozy This Winter With Gear From These Top YDH Shops

Posted : January 6, 2022

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

Winter is the least favourite season for many. The frigid temperatures and slick conditions can certainly make everyday tasks extra tricky! However as the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. Lucky for us there are a number of great shops in York Durham Headwaters to prepare you for the ice and snow! Check out these amazing businesses in YDH and you’ll certainly be prepared for what winter throws at you.

Forget-Me-Not Alpacas in Beaverton

Head to Durham Region where you’ll find over 30 of these gentle, quirky animals at Forget Me Not Alpacas. Owners Sandra and Jeff Bannon took the plunge and moved from Newmarket to Beaverton 5 years ago now to live their dream with the cutest herd around.

What you might not know is that alpaca wool is softer, stronger and warmer than the ever popular merino wool – perfect for those chilly winter days. It’s also hypoallergenic and does not contain lanolin, making it the perfect alternative for anyone that is allergic to wool! 

ForgetMeNot Alpacas Mittens
ForgetMeNot Alpacas

Whether you’re looking for a cozy hat or headband, mitts, socks or a comfy scarf to snuggle up in, they have an option for you at Forget Me Not Alpacas. In-store shopping is currently unavailable but curbside pick-up is available. Head to their website to see all of their options. They also take custom orders so you can purchase the exact style you’re looking for!

Brock’s Store in Port Perry

A staple of Port Perry since 1881, Brock’s Department Store has helped shape the town into what it is today. Originally the “old general store”, it once carried dry goods, furs, linens, fabrics… you name it, they probably had it! While they’ve transformed from the department store days, Brock’s is still a top destination for fashion, footwear, outerwear and accessories – 140 years and counting!

Looking for some new winter gear that’s versatile and stylish? Brock’s has you covered with high quality items from top North American and European brands. Their superb customer service will ensure you are prepared for the season from head to toe! While you’re shopping, keep an eye out for the small nods to the early days like the original W. Brock sign in the Brock’s Ladies Wear Shop behind the cash desk. You’re standing in a piece of history, after all!


The Uptop Shop in Newmarket

If you’re a fan of winter, chances are it’s because you love to get outside for some snowy fun. Hitting the slopes is certainly a favourite pastime and it’s important to have the right equipment for your adventures. Sue, Dani, and the wonderful ladies of The Uptop Shop in York Region are happy to lend a hand and get you fully outfitted!

The Uptop Shop carries a wide range of brands including the well known and up and comers. You’ll feel like you have your own personal shopper as their staff’s attention to detail is unmatched. Their goal is to ensure you’re warm and comfortable in your new gear, all while looking stylish! If you’re in need of some new hardware like skis, boards, boots or bindings, The Uptop Shop is located above Senecal Ski and Snowboard and they can help with those needs.

Moguls in Mocean in Orangeville

As Orangeville’s “one-stop action sports shop”, Moguls in Mocean is ready, willing and able to get you ready for some serious outdoor adventure. With a unique collection of outdoor and casual clothing, outwear, footwear and accessories, you’ll look good and feel good as you get out and explore this winter.

If your child is looking at getting into skiing or snowboarding, Moguls in Mocean has a half back program. This means that if you purchase a junior ski/snowboard equipment package this season, return next season for a credit of half the purchase to put towards the next size up. Perfect for those growth spurts we all know are bound to happen! They also carry used junior skis and snowboards if that’s a better option for you.

Stop in to pick up some new gear and be sure to ask their knowledgeable staff about some of the great things to do in the Headwaters Region.

Rare Threads in Alton

It’s important to support local now more than ever and it’s so easy to do at Rare Threads. Located in the historic Alton Mill Arts Centre, you’ll find items from numerous Canadian artisans as well as sustainable and ethical designers. This maker’s market supports textile and fibre art in all forms!

Alton Mill

Rare Threads provides customers with a unique shopping experience with one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. From sweaters and ponchos to slippers to scarves and blankets, you’ll be blown away by the skill and style these vendors have to offer. Stay extra cozy this winter knowing you not only received high quality items but supported a local artisan’s dream in the process. That’s sure to warm you to your core!

Well, what are you waiting for? The cold weather is already upon us so grab your gear and get exploring! We have plenty of great snowshoe trails, ice fishing spots, fat biking routes and more in York Durham Headwaters!

Story by Lindsay Davies

Lindsay Davies is a crazy Canuck who’s been bit by the travel bug. Proud to call Ontario home, she loves exploring the province and beyond. As a graphic designer and social media marketer by trade, she travels the world while sharing her adventures to inspire others on her blog, I’ve Been Bit! When not behind her computer screen, Lindsay is in her natural habitat when she’s chasing waterfalls, exploring new trails, frolicking on ice roads (don’t knock it until you try it!), and indulging in the odd glass of wine, beer, or cider. Chances are you’ll be able to spot her by some funky coloured hair or a wacky pair of tights she’s wearing! Follow her adventures on Facebook (@ivebeenbit), Twitter and Instagram (@IBBtravel).

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