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Shopping

Canadiana Shopping in the Capital

By Nicole Bayes-Fleming and Chris Lackner

You can visit Canada’s capital, and take a small piece of the country home with you. Loosen your patriotic purse strings at the following shops and boutiques.

 

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Patriotic Payment

Spend like a true Canadian with coins made in honour of the country’s 150th celebration. The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a collection of coins designed by Canadian artists, featuring national imagery such as the CN Tower, the beaver, and First Nations artwork. The toonie’s depiction of two canoeists gazing upon the northern lights also comes in a glow-in-the-dark version. Check your change, or purchase the limited editions designs at the Mint.

320 Sussex Dr., 613-993-8990

Sizzling Souvenirs

Kitschy souvenirs are easy to find in Ottawa. Ditch those maple syrup bottles and Mountie key chains for something from Maker House Co. The handmade items retain Canadian sentimentality, while supporting local artisans. You’ll find gear by North Standard Trading Post, bookmarks made of birch bark, and prints of different Canadian cities and provinces.

987 Wellington St. W., 613-422-6253

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First Nations’ Art

This purveyor of genuine First Nations’ fine arts and crafts from the Arctic and Canada’s West Coast has been a fixture on Sparks Street since 1963. At Snow Goose you’ll find original works of art, including soapstone carvings and masks, along with a large selection of dreamcatchers, original Inuit prints and carvings, Indigenous jewellery designs, and leather goods.

83 Sparks St., 613-232-2213

Wrap Yourself in the Flag

Victoire: Mainly Canadian designers, plus pop-culture accessories in a store aesthetic self-described as, “Rock ’n’ Roll tea party”.

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Magpie Jewellery: The majority of their accessories are Canadian, including First Nations designers. If you’re feeling really patriotic, pick up the Ottawa Necklace from local designer Lissa Bowie.

Flock Boutique: Unique and handmade garments from over 150 Canadian designers; also visit their sister store in the market Workshop Boutique.

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Boogie + Birdie: Feels cosy and Canadian with largely local products — from scented candles to animal mugs to artisan crafts, colourful scarves, small ceramics and one-of-a-kind jewellery.

Homegrown Gifts

J.D. Adam Kitchen Co.: Set the table with Canadian and local kitchenware at this colourful, dynamic shop in the Glebe.

Market Organics: This health food store in the ByWard market carries plenty of local goods, from body care and nutritional products to local food purveyors. Their built-in kitchen even offers daily specials.

 

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Roots: Roots is living up to its name with special merchandise for Canada’s 150th. Locations include Westboro and three shopping centres: Rideau, St. Laurent and Bayshore.

What to Pack for a Day Hike in the Canadian Rockies

By Kaitlyn Forde

Step one: Find a trustworthy backpack to carry essentials.

Step one: Find a trustworthy backpack to carry essentials.

I came to Banff clad in Lululemon leggings, a blanket scarf, Sperries and no expectations. A recent university graduate, I planned to have one easygoing summer in the mountains before returning to my city-girl Toronto lifestyle. When I first arrived, I questioned the difference between a canoe and a kayak, didn’t understand the semantics of bear spray – let alone understood the possibility of seeing an actual bear – and had a pair of fashionable (not very functional) Nikes. Although athletic, I was the farthest thing from outdoorsy, and everyone let me know it.

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Well-Heeled

By SHERI RADFORD

Step into footwear paradise at Holt Renfrew.

Step into footwear paradise at Holt Renfrew.

In the words of the great Carrie Bradshaw, “The fact is, sometimes it’s hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.” The Sex and the City heroine and all her friends—both single and coupled-up—would love the women’s shoe hall in Holt Renfrew. Newly expanded to a glorious 790 sq m (8,500 sq ft), it’s overflowing with Carrie’s favourite brands, including Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. Bonus: tucked off to the side is a petite Ladurée shop, because macarons are the best fuel for trying on fantastic footwear.

On the Cutting Edge

By SHERI RADFORD

Stay sharp with Ai & Om Knives.

Stay sharp with Ai & Om Knives.

Calling all gourmets: Ai & Om Knives is a must-visit on your trip to Vancouver. Conveniently located close to other foodie favourites—including The Modern Bartender  and Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie—the shop sells a carefully curated selection of Japanese knives, sharpening stones and cutting boards. Owned by chef Douglas Chang, whose impressive resume includes stints at Sai Woo and West, Ai & Om also offers sharpening services and knife-skills classes and workshops. Definitely a cut above.

Top Titles for Travellers

Pass the time on planes, trains and automobiles with these new titles, available at local bookstores

By SHERI RADFORD

Lonely Planet VancouverLonely Planet Vancouver, 7th Edition (Lonely Planet): This newly revised guidebook is crammed full of honest reviews of places to go and things to do in the city, including Gastown, Granville Island and Grouse Mountain, plus further-flung destinations such as Whistler, Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Pacific Reef and Shore: A Photo Guide to Northwest Marine Life, 2nd Edition by Rick M. Harbo (Harbour Publishing): This compact guide includes colour photographs and up-to-date scientific information on 300 marine plants and animals found off the coast of North America, from Alaska to California.

O Canada Crosswords 17O Canada Crosswords 17 by Gwen Sjogren (Nightwood Editions): Grab your pencils, cruciverbalists: this book of 95 new crossword puzzles runs the gamut from “NHL Icons” and “Beer O’Clock” to “Only in Saskatchewan” and “Christmas in Canada,” testing your knowledge of the True North Strong and Free.

Some Useful Wild Plants: A Foraging Guide to Food and Medicine from Nature, Revised Edition by Dan Jason (Harbour Publishing): Featuring charming line drawings, this classic guide provides information on how to use (and when to avoid) more than 100 herbs, shrubs, berries, seaweeds, trees and poisonous plants. (more…)

Fiercely Feminine

By CHLOË LAI

Take your statement pieces from the streets to the symphony.

Take your statement pieces from the streets to the symphony.

Bold urban style meets high-society swank in Tiffany & Co.’s new HardWear collection, inspired by the streets of New York. Heavy-gauge chains with graduated links feature padlocks and charms reminiscent of wrecking balls at demolition sites, their utilitarian aesthetic elevated by elegant design details—clasps vanish seamlessly into each piece for ultimate symmetry and flow. Rock a pair of triple-drop earrings, available in sterling silver or 18K gold, at an underground club, evening opera or Sunday afternoon brunch. These pieces, like the women who wear them, are ready for anything.

The Write Stuff

Pass the time on planes, trains and automobiles with these new titles, available at local bookstores

By SHERI RADFORD

 

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150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels by Lawrence C. Sherk (TouchWood Editions): Raise a glass to this collection of 150 beer labels ranging from the 1870s to today. Beer buffs and newbies alike will enjoy the artwork from ales, porters, lagers and malts. Cheers! (more…)

Tea Time

By CHLOË LAI

A soothing sip of tea.

A soothing sip of tea.

No time to meditate? Sip your way to sweet serenity with blissful oolong teas by local company Golden Tea Leaf. From earthy to airy, oolong’s impressive diversity of flavour, complexity and body means there’s a blend for every mood. Hand-picked and thoughtfully prepared, these delicate leaves harbour the subtle flavours and fragrances of Taiwan’s crisp mountain landscape. Pour yourself some Golden Oolong (available at T&T Supermarket) or Honey Red Jade Oolong (at London Drugs) and take a deep breath. Each cup, like each moment, is unique.

Top Picks for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Do you suffer from incurable wanderlust? The only cure is another globetrotting adventure—but pick up these essentials before you hit the road again.

Untitled collage (1)Shadow Floral passport cover and luggage tag, at Indigo 

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Au Naturel

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Give your frazzled curls a tropical vacation

Give your frazzled curls a tropical vacation

An island getaway can be as close as your shower with Maui Moisture’s vegan haircare products. Say aloha to nourished locks with shampoos, conditioners, masks and mists that replace water—often the main ingredient—with aloe juice. Plus, tropics-inspired ingredients like coconut water, macadamia oil and pineapple extract leave no room for parabens, sulfates and synthetic dyes. To stock up, take a trip to London Drugs or Shoppers Drug Mart.

Runway Ready

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A bright future for every face

A powerful tool in a petite package

For an elixir that protects and energizes skin from take-off to touch-down, try Bare Minerals’ Brilliant Future Age Defense & Renew Serum. This pick-me-up is spiked with antioxidant manganese to combat environmental stress, plus vitamin C for a brighter and more refreshed complexion. Age-defying chai hu and olive leaf extract enhance skin’s resilience. All that in one carry-on-friendly package. Find this multi-tasker at Sephora.

Artfully Furnished

By CHLOË LAI

Classic meets contemporary at the Moissonnier showroom. (Photo: Kim Bellavance Photographe)

Classic meets contemporary at the Moissonnier showroom. (Photo: Kim Bellavance Photographe)

There are statement pieces, and then there are stately pieces. The bold, elegant designs by Moissonnier are both. These French master cabinetmakers have spent over a hundred years pairing the iconic luxury of 18th-century France—the Golden Age of furniture—with bright colours and unexpectedly playful patterns like leopard print or wildflowers. Their whimsical Yaletown showroom makes shopping for furniture feel like a ride on an eccentric, first-class time machine. One visit and you’ll understand why the French government has called Moissonnier “living heritage.”