Canada Day Essentials

Canada Day is this Sunday and we’re heading up north to celebrate.  Here are some of our Canadiana essentials:

1) HBC Gear.  Our group of friends has a bit of an obsession/problem with the Bay’s HBC Collection.  I personally own a blanket, a beach towel, a coffee mug and a teddy bear decked out in his own HBC turtleneck.  Obtaining your own HBC stripes will set you back a few more dollars than a cheesy red and white Canada flag tee, but these pieces are classics that are actually okay to wear all year round.

2) Can Con.  Whether you’re heading north or staying in the city, no self-respecting Canadian should be without some Canadian Content (Can Con) music this weekend.  For those northern bound, it’s hard to go wrong with Neil Young or the Hip, but when it’s time to rock, our iPods will be blasting Arcade Fire, Tegan and Sara, Broken Social Scene, and Wolf Parade, to name but a few.  For those in search of some newer Canadian talent check out some bands we’ve got on rotation: Japandroids, Austra, Eight and a Half, Coeur de Pirate, The Weeknd, Grimes and Black Mountain.

3) Booze!  We realise you didn’t need a blog to help you with this one, but to help you stay on the Canadian track, here are a few of our favourites:  Beer – Mill St. Brewery‘s Tankhouse and Lemon Tea, Wine – Lailey Vineyard for Reds and Chateau des Charmes for White, Cocktails – the Caesar is a Canadian classic, but for those hot days, try substituting rye whiskey for rum and tossing in a handful of blueberries for a Canadian twist on the mojito.

4) Birthday cake.  If anyone deserves one, it’s Canada!  This cake has been featured by Canadian Living for as long as I can remember.  You can make it as light and basic as you like, or, if you’re traveling with a motley crew of animal lovers like us, try a decadent vegan red velvet base.