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Hot Shopping: True Canuck

The iconic Hudson's Bay Co. point blanket is a great Canadian souvenir

Canada is only 143 years old, so it’s remarkable that we’re home to the world’s oldest continuously operating trading company: the Hudson’s Bay Company (The Bay). Founded in 1670, HBC originally worked the fur trade, and in 1780 the Hudson’s Bay point blanket (pictured, right) became one of HBC’s in-demand

This souvenir axe is painted with the traditional HBC colours

staples. Easily recognized thanks to its now-iconic pattern of blue, yellow, red and green stripes, it can be spotted in homes not only in Canada but also around the world. At the downtown store find paddles, scarves, vintage-style hockey jerseys and one-of-a-kind coats by Canadian fashion designers, along with made-to-order canoes, all from the new 120-piece collection. The axe (pictured, left) that was once a necessity has become a collector’s item, complete with its own carrying case. And it doesn’t get more Canadiana than maple syrup, available in a delicious solid or liquid form.—Jennifer Patterson