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My Favourite Canadian Brands

When I paid off my debt in 2018, I decided that when I bought something I would make the effort to support local shops and Canadian brands. And, if possible, buy things actually made in Canada. (Occasionally, this can make things a bit more expensive. But, as my Daddy used to say “Quality over quantity.”) In the last year and a half, supporting local has been especially important to me. Both my personal and professional networks comprise of entrepreneurs, and small businesses have needed the support.

Here’s the thing: supporting local doesn’t always mean a purchase. (Though that is always helpful.) Google reviews, social media engagement, shout-outs and shares are also powerful ways to show your favourite brands some love. Which is what brought about this blog post.

Packing and wearing pieces of home

As I was packing my suitcases for the move to England, I started a list of my favourite Canadian brands and businesses because I knew I would miss them. (Also, because many of the retail brands ship internationally — and everyone should know about them!)

The list was clearly on my mind when I packed my day-of stuff — because my plane outfit was head-to-toe Canadian brands. And I didn’t realize it until I took a picture before leaving my hotel room. Knowing that — aside from my sunglasses — I was repping Canada felt like a big hug on an exciting, emotional day.


Blogger Yasmine Hardcastle wearing her favourite Canadian brands to fly to London

My travel outfit for moving to England:

  • Mask: Kasi Bamboo
  • Black turtleneck: Orb Clothing
  • Cardigan: Artizia
  • Leggings: Public Myth
  • Purse: Orb Clothing
  • Shoes: Vessi

All BC-based, Canadian brands.


My favourite Canadian brands and businesses

Without further ado, below is my list of favourite Canadian brands, restaurants, wineries, breweries, wellness companies, etc. The majority are BC-based, and all have done such a great job of persevering throughout the pandemic. Needless to say, I’m so proud of Canadian businesses!

COMPANYCATEGORYCONNECTCITYNOTES
Persephone BrewingBrewery@persephonebrewingGibsons, BCReally awesome farm-fresh brewery over on the Sunshine Coast. They also make excellent pizza and Are a certified B Corp.
Steel & OakBrewery@steelandoakNew Westminster, BCFab brewery — really good beer and snacks. Friendly staff.
Townsite BrewingBrewery@townsitebrewingPowell River, BCOne of my absolute favourite breweries. The Perfect Storm stout is mint. We love their brewer — only Belgian brewer in BC.
Yellow Dog BrewingBrewery@yellowdogbeerPort Moody, BCMy favourite Port Moody brewery. Love their Shake a Paw Smoked Port and their back patio.
AritziaClothing@aritziaVariousStylish basics and pretty things. The pieces you invest in will last you forever.
Blue Sky ClothingClothing@blueskyclothingcoVancouver, BCExcellent, ethically made bamboo underwear, socks and dresses.
Daub + DesignClothing@daubanddesignVancouver, BCTie-dye and solid colour basics, yoga wear and athleisure. Designed and made in Vancouver.
DuerClothing@duerperformanceVancouver, BCMy favourite jeans company. Small batch, designed in Vancouver.
Edna SmakClothing@ednasmakVancouver, BCMaker of my skyline yoga leggings. Shamiza started Edna Smak to create size-inclusive clothing for women.
Friday Sock Co.Clothing@fridaysockcoCalgary, ABCute, purposefully mismatched socks. Designed in Calgary, made in Italy. Make for excellent gifts.
KnixClothing@knixToronto, BCAwesome Canadian brand promoting body-positivity and getting rid of that underwire. Seam free tanks, thighsavers and undergarments.
Mila + PaigeClothing@milaandpaigeNew Westminster, BCCute boutique owned by my lovely friend Anita. Great brands, both local and international.
Nominou DesignsClothing@nominoudesignsVancouver, BCBeautiful Indigenous print leggings; eco-friendly designs. I’ve always wanted a pair and they are next on my list.
Orb ClothingClothing@orbclothingVancouver, BCDesigned in BC, mostly female-run. Love their versatile basics and ALL the sweaters.
Public MythClothing@publicmythVancouver, BCVancouver-made athleisure and yoga gear. Really soft bamboo tanks and tees.
Ativo SkincareOther Retail@ativoskincareVancouver, BCMy fave skincare brand — very grateful they ship to the UK! I love their lip balm, hyaluronic acid serum, and the Balance moisturizer.
Canvas Candle Co.Other Retail@canvascanadlecoVancouver, BCHandcrafted soy wax candles made in BC. LOVELY scents.
Crawford Street SkincareOther Retail@crawfordstreetskincareToronto, ONToronto-based skincare. The lavender chamomile lotion is DIVINE.
Halfmoon YogaOther Retail@shophalfmoonVancouver, BCWomen-owned, sustainably made yoga props. I have had a Halfmoon Yoga mat in my home since I was in my early 20s.
Hartley BeeOther Retail@hartleybeeOttawa, ONMakers of beaded mask chains. Highly recommend.
Kasi BambooOther Retail@kasibambooVancouver, BCMakers of my favourite masks. Made in BC, soft bamboo fabric.
Little May PaperyOther Retail@littlemaypaperyCalgary, ABCalgary-designed and printed cards and stationery; owned by the lovely Leanne.
Murchie’sOther Retail@murchiesteaVictoria, BCThe OG team company. All their EG teas are fab and their cafe has a great selection of baked goods.
Natoya EllisOther Retail@studionatoyistaVancouver, BCBlack artist with beautiful prints and stationery. My step-sister and I each have this powerful print.
Scarlett DesignsOther Retail@scarlettdesignsVancouver, BCIndigenous-owned business; pretty masks. Haven’t tried them yet, but I’ve heard good things.
Silk RoadOther Retail@silkroadteaVictoria, BCLovely teas and wellness products made in Victoria. I love their Quench tea.
The Refillery in Port MoodyOther Retail@portmoodyrefilleryPort Moody, BCSeller of lovely home things and excellent loose-leaf tea; refillers of home liquids like shampoo, laundry detergent and cleaning products.


Two Blooms & Co.

Other Retail@shoptwobloomsVictoria, BCApothecary products and jewelry designed and made by sisters Michelle and Caron. I adore their Bliss candle.
VessiOther Retail@vessiVancouver, BCWaterproof sneakers; vegan friendly. I have the original and Weekend sneakers. LOVE.
Victoria DistillersOther Retail@vicdistillersVictoria, BCMakers of the purple Empress 1908 gin that I absolutely adore.
We AirOther Retail@weaircanadaVancouver, BCAntimicrobial mask-makers. These guys plant a tree for every mask sold.
Belgard KitchenRestaurant / Pub@belgardkitchenVancouver, BCDivine brunch, stunning venue; also home to Settlement Brewing and Vancouver Urban Winery.
Blue Water CafeRestaurant / Pub@bluewatercafeVancouver, BCMy favourite fancy restaurant in YVR. Everything is wonderful.
ChambarRestaurant / Pub@chambar_restaurantVancouver, BCGreat vibe. The Mussels Congolaise are to die for.
Little JumboRestaurant / Pub@littlejumbobcVictoria, BCThis is where you want to have a fancy, but not stuffy, date night or girls night in Victoria. LOVE. Make a reso.
NubaRestaurant / Pub@nubatownVancouver, BCQuite possibly my overall favourite restaurant in Vancouver. Lebanese food. Najib’s Special and the Falafel Plate… My mouth is watering…
Secret Garden Tea CompanyRestaurant / Pub@secretgardenteaVancouver, BCI love this place so much. Lovely afternoon tea and great service. A Vancouver staple.
Smith’s PubRestaurant / Pub@smithspubVictoria, BCFunky, British-ish-style pub in Victoria. Good vibe and a great drinks and food selection.
SpinnakersRestaurant / Pub@spinnakersbrewpubVictoria, BCFirst brewpub in Canada; excellent patio views; lovely B’n’B accoms; great craft beer and food.
Swans BrewpubRestaurant / Pub@swansbreweryVictoria, BCGood menu, solid craft beer. Perfect for date night.
Taps and TacosRestaurant / Pub@tapsandtacosPort Moody, BCDelightful taco menu and local drinks selection.
The DistilleryRestaurant / Pub@yaletowndistillerybarVancouver, BCA Yaletown favourite of mine. Perfect for date-night, girls’ night, or pre-show/concert/game. Awesome patio; really well-priced (especially for Yaletown!!)
TWB The Wine BarRestaurant / Pub@twb_thewinebarVancouver, BCTiming and the pandemic made it so I couldn’t visit this Yaletown gem before I left. Great patio and nibbles, amazing #GetThrifty deals, fab wine selection.
White Heather Tea RoomRestaurant / Pub@whiteheathertearoomVictoria, BCOak Bay tea house with a solid afternoon tea and really wonderful scones.
Soul RestyledServices@soulrestyledVancouver, BCKellie’s mission is to help women find their best selves through mind, soul and style.
Botanica and BloomServices / Resources@botanicandbloomVictoria, BCVictoria-based florist creating bespoke florals for events and weddings. She also makes the loveliest market bouquets.
Broad WorldServices / Resources@broad_world_bizVancouver, BCBoutique marketing and branding agency run by the lovely Stef McAuley. I do some freelance stuff for her and she knows her stuff!
Business Babes Co.Services / Resources@businessbabescoVariousBusiness empowerment, events and resources for women entrepreneurs. Vancouver-based, but chapters around North America.
Create the LoveServices / Resources@createtheloveVancouver, BCRelationship advice and insights from a Vancouver male who is super in touch with how to be a good person and partner. (But not preachy.)
Emily KilohServices / Resources@cool.mom.101Vancouver, BCPR and confidence coach extraordinaire. This girl will give you the boost you need!
Hervana Coworking CollectiveServices / Resources@hervanacollectiveVancouver, BCCo-working space and virtual community in Downtown Vancouver run by the fab Meredith.
J Josue PhotographyServices / Resources@jjosuephotosVancouver, BCAlmost all my pro photos have been taken by Jana. She is such a good soul and talented capturer of moments and beauty.
Jam PRServices / Resources@jamprcoVancouver, BCOne of the first PR companies I ever did any influencer stuff with. Ada and her team are a joy.
Karlie RosinServices / Resources@karlierosinhttps://instagram.com/karlierosinVancouver, BCTalented artist creating prints and mixed media art. She also takes commissions for those who want a custom piece.
Pink Crown CreativeServices / Resources@pinkcrowncreativeVancouver, BCLindsay is passionate about helping women entrepreneurs accelerate their business through savvy marketing.
Town Hall BrandsServices / Resources@townhallbrandsVancouver, BCHospitality and F&B focused PR company with in-house graphic design. Owned by the fab Leeann Froese and her hubby, this company has a lot of heart.
Vivian KayeServices / Resources@itsviviankayeToronto, ONBusiness coach with a big personality, real talk, and not being afraid to do what “Chad” would do.
AcupointWellness@acupointwellnessVancouver, BCWellness clinic run by the AMAZING Suka. I was a client for 10 years until I left Canada.
Be ChiropracticWellness@bechiropracticwellnessVancouver, BCCo-owned by the lovely Dr. Geneive Burley. Great chiro clinic in Yaletown.
Coast Therapy Port MoodyWellness@coasttherapyPort Moody, BCPort Moody wellness clinic offering RMT, chiro, etc. Nari was my RMT and she’s amazing.
Dr. Genieve Burley-HowesWellness@drgenieveburleyVancouver, BCChiropractor, yoga teacher and wellness guide extraordinaire. She’s the best.
ICARIA CBDWellness@icaria.coVancouver, BCSeller and educator of CBD oil and its benefits. Owned by digital nomad Nadya.
Pearl CicciWellness@pearlcicciVancouver, BCPearl is a ray of sunshine ready to get you to your best self through movement and plant-based eating. She is wonderful.
Thursday PlantationWellness@thursdayplantationcanadaToronto, ONMakers of tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is high-quality and I love their tea tree face wipes.
VitasaveWellness@vitasaveVancouver, BCVitamin and supplement retailer with #GetThrifty prices and excellent brand selection
WithinUsWellness@withinusnaturalVancouver, BCMakers of sustainably sourced marine collagen and other wellness collagen-based supplements. I love their travel packs.
WOASHWellness@woashwellnessVancouver, BCMaking tea blends for whatever your body needs. Their Period tea is a lifesaver and the Revive is great to helo with jetlag.
Blue Grouse WineryWinery@bluegrousewinesCowichan, BCLovely winery in the Cowichan Valley. The Rosé is divine.
Evolve CellarsWinery@evolvecellarsOkanagan, BCOkanagan winery making quality wines and bubbly; #GetThrifty pricing under $30.
Pacific Breeze Urban WineryWinery@pacificbreezewineryNew Westminster, BCUrban winery in New West with excellent wines made on site.

What are your favourite Canadian brands? Share them in the comments below!

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