Spring to Winter Wetsuit Guide for the Great Lakes in Ontario

Spring to Winter Wetsuit Guide for the Great Lakes in Ontario

The Surf Ontario shop staff have over 100 years of combined Lake Surfing experience. Some of us have learned the hard way and together we know exactly what to wear and when. Here's a brief summary to help you know what to wear as the air heats up and the water temps lag behind. Although not listed below, 1 to 2 mm tops, shorts, socks or tanks can be used to fine-tune your wetsuit experience. 

If you're in Toronto or close by come by the shop to check out our vast selection and we'll help you get into the best wetsuit for spring, summer, fall or winter surfing in Ontario.

If you're out of town that's no problem we ship hassle free to the west coast of B.C. and the east coast Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. We ship everywhere in between too as Canada has many river surfers and travelling surfers: Quebec, Alberta, New Brunswick, P.E.I., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the N.W.T! 

Keep in mind everyone is different, however, if you want to stay warm and surf for more than 30 minutes, invest in the proper gear - it works, it lasts and it will get you in the water NOW! 

 March - April:

 6/5/4 hooded full suit, 7/6 Billabong Furnace

 5/4 hooded when air is warm

 7-8mm boots - the water is still near ice cold

 5mm gloves/mitts/lobsters 

 May - June:

 5/4 or maybe 6/5 hooded full suit on Lake Ontario

 5/4 or 4/3 hooded on Lake Erie and Lake Huron

 3, 5, 7mm boots depending on activity - SUP or Surf

 3-5mm gloves/mitts/lobsters depending on activity

 Flatwater SUP - just booties - but don't fall in :)

 July - August:

 Shorties, 4/3 or 3/2 or sometimes boardshorts & bikinis in August

 Sometimes 3mm boots Lake Ontario 

 Flatwater SUP - boardshorts or bikinis


 most lakes shorty to 3/2 or 4/3 full suit

 no boots

 no gloves

 no hood - although a light hood can take the edge off on a cool Northwind


 all lakes 4/3 full suit

 3-5mm boots

 maybe gloves

 2-3mm hood likely


 all lakes 4/3 to 5/4 full suit with hood

 5-8mm boots

 3-5mm gloves or 5mm lobster gloves

 hood mandatory & usually attached to 5/4.


 all lakes 5/4 hooded, 5.5/4 hooded psycho or 6/5/4 hooded full suit

 7mm boots

 5-8 mm mitts/gloves/lobsters

 maybe thermal layer under 5/4 for added warmth

 January - February - Full on Winter Surfing:

 all lakes 6/5/4 hooded full suit, 7/6 Billabong Furnace

 maybe 5/4 hooded

 7-8mm boots (wetsuit socks optional)

 5-7 mm mitts/gloves/lobsters



wax guide to the lakes



O'Neill wetsuits guide:

XCEL wetsuits guide:

Wetsuit temperature guide

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