Nothing says Canadian like retreating from the hustle and bustle of the city to a place where the only sound you hear is the breeze on the lake. Ah, cottage season, our national pastime.While Canada Day is in the middle of the week we know that celebrating our country’s 148th birthday will be nothing short of spectacular, no matter what you do.
So if you’re headed to Georgian Bay or hanging out in the backyard, here are a few cottage getaway (or staycation!) essentials you’ll need for a truly Canadian experience.
Don’t give packing your bags a second thought. You’ll want something that’s light enough to carry but big enough to fit all your summer gear, so keep it simple and stylish with a carry-all like the Small Banff Bag Horween from Roots. With its rich cognac colour and structured timeless look, easy leave-ing has never been so, well, easy.
With warmer temperatures and longer days, holiday fashion should be easy and breathable. Be a cottage cutie with staple items like comfy sandals, worn in cut-offs and cool flowy tops. We love the fun prints on these sandals from SoftMoc and are taking our #OOTD inspiration from M for Mendocino.
Who doesn’t love a good food spread? We don’t know about you but holidays, especially ones in the summer, call for copious amounts of food and drinks. Whip up an artisan brick-oven style pizza with artichokes on the BBQ using a clay pizza stone from The Bay for lunch, or just skip ahead to dessert with a delectable chocolate ganache tart recipe from Canada’s own chocolatier, Purdy’s. Savoury, sweet and all the treats in between, we’ve got exactly what your taste buds are craving.
Lying out by the lake or on a hillside? HBC collections are the quintessential Canadiana must-have and you know you’re doing it right when the deck furniture matches the beach towel. Go forth into the sunshine, show your stripes proudly, and be sure to make it Insta-worthy by #stripespotting.
Pass the time
We know lazy afternoons are everything but make sure you take some time to explore the beauty of our lush lands with a nice canoe ride around the lake. Indulge your mind with light reading, we can’t wait to try the summer entertaining tips inside these fresh reads from Coles.
Staying local for Canada Day? Come visit us for a day of shopping and fun, we’ll be open from 11AM-6PM. Bring your friends and family for some photo screen fun, free samples, food demonstrations and more! This event will be taking place at centre court, just use entrance 3 and take the escalator to the lower level.