Hurray! Summer is finally here! Most Canadians have been looking forward to this warmer weather over the course of a very long, frigid winter. In fact, ‘frigid’ doesn’t really describe it very well, does it? Frankly, ‘polar vortex’ sums it up much more accurately… brrrrrrrrrr.
So, with Canada Day fast approaching (and with it, the unofficial kick-off to summer), I thought I’d show my patriotic side by sharing a few of my favourite Canadian-themed products, all of which are based right here in the True North. While some of these pieces may not be as obviously Canadian as hockey hair, long underwear and multi-coloured money, I believe that they are great depictions of our amazing country.
We all know and love the iconic ‘Muskoka chair’. True. But check out this fresh take, known as the ‘Kawartha chair’. (Shameless plug for the beautiful cottage country just a stone’s throw from my hometown – Peterborough.) Made of BC cedar by a local craftsman and sold in Lakefield, these chairs allow for an aesthetically new way to relax. And let’s be honest – can you think of ANYTHING better than kicking back in one of these beauties with an ice-cold Caesar in hand? The correct answer is “No”. Available through Stony Lake Furniture Co, $595.
The perfect complement to your Canadian Caesar is none other than a Canadian-made charcuterie board. This one is particularly large in scale, making it ideal for feeding the whole clan the next time you entertain. Made in Alberta, these boards are classic in material, while hitting the geometric trend on cue with their striking etched lines. Available through OnOurTable, $90.
If you want a true piece of Canadiana, this plate will serve you well. The Redesigned Medalta ‘Canadian Graffiti’ Plate is part of a permanent collection in the Canadian Museum of History. Available through MADE, $56.00.
A collection of Canadian picks just wouldn’t be complete without the stripes (hold the stars.) This double-walled bottle will keep your cold beverages, icy and your hot drinks, steamy. Be sure to snap a picture of you using it and share it online with HBC’s hashtag #StripeSpotting. Available through Hudson’s Bay, $35.00.
If you think that Prince Edward Island is only known for potatoes and Anne of Green Gables, you’re wrong. MacAusland throws have been in production since 1932 (slightly younger than our girl, Anne). Made from 100% virgin wool, these throws are a stylish staple for chilly summer nights under the stars. Available through Drake General Store, $99.00.
Heading to the cottage for the long weekend? Or perhaps checking out some great camp sites? Lucky you! Keep cozy by the bonfire with these retro toques – a collaboration between the Tuck Shop and Norquay Co. Available at retailers throughout Toronto and online at ‘Tuck Shop Trading Co.’, $35.00.
Whether you’re sittin’ on the dock of the bay (watching the tide roll away!) or chilling in the city for the fireworks, these picks are sure to add an extra dose patriotism to your long weekend celebrations. We live in a pretty fantastic country and as it turns out, we make pretty cool things, too. Happy Canada Day, my fellow Canucks!
- Stony Lake Furniture Company, photography by Marlon Hazelwood.
- Hudson’s Bay
- The Drake General Store
- Tuck Shop Trading Co.