Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Winnipeg Free Press - Glen Olsen
Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Winnipeg Free Press - Glen Olsen

The maple leaf in winter: What Team Canada wore through the decades

From stylish parkas to cozy hoodies to warm woolen hats, there is so much to love about winter fashion.

It’s even better when it’s in red and white, adorned with the maple leaf.

The launch of Team Canada’s uniform kit for PyeongChang 2018, is quickly approaching on October 3rd at 11:00am ET – watch the event live here. Before we see this year’s collection,  lets look back at what Canadian athletes have been wearing since the first Olympic Winter Games.


White button-up sweaters were the choice of the day for the first two editions of the Olympic Winter Games.


The nation’s name takes prime position under the maple leaf. Check out those berets at Lake Placid 1932 and an early appearance of the Team Canada mittens at Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936, the first Olympic Winter Games at which Hudson’s Bay outfitted the Canadian athletes.


Hudson’s Bay returned to outfit Team Canada at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympic Winter Games, putting the company’s classic stripes in the spotlight.


A true trend of the 1970s – the blazer and turtleneck – followed Team Canada to Sapporo 1972 along with some pretty amazing booties for the women.


Fur-trimmed parkas were all the rage for the first two Winter Games of the decade before western fringe took over the look at home at Calgary 1988, topped off by the iconic white stetson.


A break from tradition at Albertville 1992 as purple becomes the primary accent colour instead of red. Two years later in Lillehammer, no one could be blamed for mistaking Team Canada for mounties. That look was completed by a cape, that depending on who you talked to, was considered awful or awesome.


Hudson’s Bay came back to the Canadian Olympic family at Turin 2006. Parkas went from white to red between the opening ceremony and closing ceremony, both times paired with boots meant to be seen. On the podium, it was all about the sweater under the puffy vest.


The Hudson’s Bay stripes make another appearance on a scarf sported by Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony flag bearer Clara Hughes. At Sochi 2014 the opening look was all about the duffle coat. For both Games, the athletes sported some pretty great sweaters at the Closing Ceremonies.