11 Ways to Show Off Your True North Pride for Canada 150

Maple syrup-glazed lobster burgers, nature-inspired beauty products, a one-of-a-kind taxicab and more genius ways to celebrate our great country's sesquicentennial anniversary.

June 29, 2017

By Amanda Ross


1. Summer barbecues unite! The Miller flip flop by Tory Burch offers a festive sandal perfect for celebrating our nation’s true colours. $270, nordstrom.ca


2. Made exclusively for H Project, Toronto-based Kotn offers a limited collection of pieces, made with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), that honour Canada’s 150th birthday. A classic crew and sweatshirt—printed with original graphics inspired by NCC’s Nature Destinations program—celebrates Canada’s spectacular landscapes; $10 from every sweatshirt, $5 from every t-shirt and $2.50 from every patch pack goes to the NCC. From $40, holtrenfrew.com


3. Launched in June, Hermès unveiled its ‘Canada 150. Into the Canadian Wild,’ a limited-edition, commemorative scarf celebrating Canada’s big day. Designed by artist Alice Shirley and exclusive to Canada only, the 90 x 90 cm silk square supports Evergreen Canada and elegant rangers everywhere. $480, hermes.com


4. Canada would still be a nation of untamed lumberjacks if it weren’t for the influence of our British brethren and their impeccable, imported manners. TWG Tea celebrates Canada’s birthday with a special Jubilee Tea blend that offers up candied notes of maple syrup and a tart aftertaste of cranberry. $32, vansingdg.com


5. In true Canadian collaboration spirit, the Loden Hotel and Edible Canada partner up for the True North Taxicab, the country’s smallest gift shop offering patriotic gourmet goodies from inside the car, and Distinctly Canada—an experience that brings together poutine, beer and a hotel stay among other things. Spot the taxi and post a photo to Twitter or Instagram (#TrueNorthTaxi) to win daily prizes. theloden.com/canada-150


6. Because the Four Seasons is as Canadian as bacon, Yew Seafood and Bar celebrates with the West Coast Salmon East Coast Lobster Burger: a maple syrup-glazed lobster tail and wild salmon filet topped with Canadian back bacon, tomato, lettuce and avocado on a house-made brioche bun with ketchup waffle fries. $50 (available until Labour Day), yewseafood.com


7. Canadians are no stranger to harsh weather and hard skin. Tapping local culture and Canada’s DNA (hockey, moose and beavers, of course), the limited edition Kiehl’s Loves Canada collection—designed by graphic designer and illustrator Dave Homer—includes a gel cream, pore-cleansing masque, body cream and calendula herbal-extract toner. From $33, kiehls.ca


8. In Canada, trees are a religion, but science shows that just the scent of forest pines and cypress can lower blood pressure and increase anti-cancer molecules in our bloodstream, too. With that in mind, locally made Hollow Tree (named after the iconic landmark in Stanley Park) launches its Canoe candle, inspired by the explorers and leaders who shaped this country with their voyages throughout our endless forests. $42 (available for pre-order), hollowtree.ca


9. Because every birthday deserves a cake, Chef Thierry Busset from Thierry café created one of the country’s most decadent options featuring chewy hazelnut dacquoise, a maple ganache studded with whole toasted hazelnuts, and a light maple cream balanced with a layer of dark chocolate mousse. Available until July 2 (on pre-order after that) in three sizes from $33.95, thierrychocolates.com


10. From its home-grown start in a Toronto salon in 1984 to sharing fearless artistry in over 150 countries around the world, MAC Cosmetics celebrates its birthplace and embraces 150 years of nationhood with its Proud to be Canadian lipstick in true matte red with packaging inspired by the Canadian flag. $21, maccosmetics.ca


11. The world’s oldest company, Hudson’s Bay, has a spring in its step with its 66-day summer-long, coast-to-coast Grand Portage adventure that aims to raise funds to help connect The Great Trail, the longest recreational trail in the world. Here’s how to get started: Grand Portage Canada baseball hat. $20, hbgrandportage.ca

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