Canada Day has come and gone, but that’s no reason to stop showing your patriotism. Upgrading your red-and-white gear—and ditching the face paint—might be a good idea, however.
A Weighty Decision
If the thought of sewing a Canada flag to your backpack or jacket is just too redolent of the 1980s, these enamel pins from Calgary’s Boldfaced are a great alternative. $11 each at Twisted Goods, Market Mall, 403-247-6691,
, or at Boldface’s Etsy store.
Strong like our country, all-purpose, ultra-soft microfibre cloths from Simoniz are designed in Canada. They’re perfect for drying, dusting and polishing. $6 for 10 at Canadian Tire, Deerfoot City N.E., 403-295-2800, and seven other Calgary locations,
Wear your glowing heart on your sleeve
The Blazon T-shirt is for anyone who has previously refrained from wrapping themselves in the flag only because of its horizontal stripes. It’s part of the Canada Collection from Roots. $36 at Roots, Core Shopping Centre, 403-313-0201, and four other Calgary locations,
Served on a tray
This leather desk tray is made in Canada and features a clever snap-button design that gives it shape. Better still, it’s a great subtle desk piece for the leather aficionado who needs a little organization. $100 at Less 17, 930 17th Ave. S.W., 403-228-9199,
Hide your lumberjack crack
Feel comfortable and patriotic at the same time, eh? The Vibe boxer from Saxx provides support with a good fit, and, like all Saxx undergarments, does not chafe. $34 at Sporting Life, Southcentre, 403-313-4477, and Market Mall, 403-313-1675,
Give them the different shirt off your back
Made in Canada exclusively for North American Quality Purveyors, this pocket T-shirt features heavyweight cotton and a long, trim body design. The great feel and fit mean it just might become one of your favourites. $55 at North American Quality Purveyors Ltd., 1207 10th Ave. S.E., 403-910-9913,
Toronto has some fine beaches, but those looking to go for a swim in Lake Ontario would do well to first check the water quality reports. No such caution surrounds the decision to wear swim trunks made by Bather, a company based in the Big Smoke, however. Jump in. $95 at Understudy Shop, 1312 1st St. S.W., 403-452-7151,
Safety tops all
Breathable fabric and a moisture-absorbing interior make the Canada Goose 3L cap a good choice for summer. Reflective details mean that it will continue to be a standout, even on those short summer nights. $125 from Canada Goose flagship store, CG Chinook Centre, 587-355-8058,