We’ve been gearing up in the red and white for weeks now as our Canadian women battled it out in the FIFA World Cup, but now that we’re out of the hunt (sigh) we’re looking for ways celebrate all things Canuck.
THE LITTLE THINGS
Sometimes, that’s all you need. We tracked down some delicate ornaments at Hudson House that would make a stunning addition to even the most minimalist home décor. These real sugar maple leaves have been preserved in 24k gold, with a touch of silver and copper to give it an iridescent look. Try hanging a few from some bare branches against a white wall.
Artina’s Jewellery is home to the world’s largest selection of hand crafted west coast native and contemporary Canadian jewellery. Among them is dconstruct, an eco-friendly line that features bangles, earrings and necklaces made in Canada from recycled resin and natural materials. In fact, each piece contains a minimum of 40% reused materials from skylights, store fixtures and vending machine covers.
GREEN WITH ENVY
British Columbia is world famous for it’s jade, with some of the world’s greatest carvers making regular pilgrimages to Vancouver. Carvings big and small have long been popular with visitors, but there are ways to incorporate stunning jade pieces into your everyday style – like a simple bangle from Jade that you can layer with other pieces for a one-of-a-kind look.
Sure, red might be our national colour, but the pink wrapper at Rogers’ Chocolates is synonymous with Canada on the west coast. First made in 1885, many of the original recipes remain untouched to this day. The Victoria Creams are one of those classics, featuring a fluffy cream centre (including caramel, maple, peanut butter, orange, peppermint, rum and more) covered in dark or milk chocolate.
SIP AND SAVOUR
There’s nothing more Canadian than maple syrup, and Canadian Maple Delights is the spot for all things you’d expect (candy, cookies, snacks) and a few you wouldn’t. The subtle flavor and nutritious qualities of maple syrup have paved the way for maple vinaigrettes, maple vinegar and seasonings, which are fantastic on salads and other dishes, as well as maple-based mustard.
RIGHT DOWN TO YOUR TOES
When it comes to being Canadian, don’t forget your feet. Moccasins are cozy, comfortable and on point when it comes to festival style. Made in Canada styles are available in a number of Gastown shops, including Vancouver Souvenirs, Michelle’s Imports and Imperial Fur & Gift.