Outdoors/Builders: On the Water Designs 🍁

Name: On the Water Designs

Products: Pole docks, floating docks, tower docks, dock accessories

Manufactured In: Gravenhurst, ON

Where to buy: Online, Muskoka area, or other deck dealer locations

Website: www.onthewaterdesigns.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

On the Water Designs is a family owned dock manufacturer / installer, founded in 2000, operating in the Muskoka area. They offer several different lines of docks, as well as many many dock-related items. If you need a dock for your cottage, definitely check them out.

B2B: National Socket Screw 🍁

Name: National Socket Screw

Products: Threaded rod

Manufactured In: Beamsville, ON; Delta, BC

Where to buy: Steel distributors, their location in Beamsville

Website: www.nationalsocketscrew.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

For builders, electricians, maintenance, etc., threaded rod seems to have many uses. While I am not an expert on this subject, this company is, and presumably, you are too if you’re looking to buy it. Check out their website and give them a call if you’re looking for more information.

Miscellaneous: Spinrite 🍁

Name: Spinrite LP

Products: Craft yarn

Manufactured In: Listowel, Ontario; Washington, North Carolina

Where to buy: Online, various retailers

Website: www.spinriteyarns.com & www.yarnspirations.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Spinrite’s origins trace to the founding of Perfect Knitting Mills in Listowel in 1914, where the original building still stands. Spinrite today is the largest craft yarn company in North America. They sell at various retailers, such as Michael’s and Walmart, as well as other smaller retailers. Their success is largely due to followings they have developed online. It’s not so common a textile business from the ’50s sticks around in North America. They have several brands:

  • Anchor
  • Aunt Lydia’s
  • Bernat
  • Caron (possibly the yarn made in the USA)
  • Coats & Clark
  • Dual Duty
  • Lily Sugar n’ Cream
  • Patons
  • Phentex
  • Red Heart
  • Sugar Bush
  • Susan Bates

Furniture: Kavuus 🍁

Name: Kavuus

Products: Sofas, loveseats, chairs, tables, décor

Manufactured In: Vancouver, BC

Where to buy: Online

Website: www.kavuus.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Kavuus, named for the Finnish word for comfort, mukavuus, is a furniture company based out of British Columbia. Founded in 2009, they originally planned to offer furniture sourced from around the world, but found that despite lower customer costs, quality was inconsistent and deliveries took months. This inspired them to make and sell their own products with no middle man. Their products are available online, and even offer customization of their products. In stock items apparently ship in 3-8 days to North American buyers, with custom or out of stock orders being ready in as little as two weeks.

Food: Fromagerie Bergeron 📈

Name: Fromagerie Bergeron

Products: Various cheeses

Manufactured In: Quebec

Where to buy: Various chain stores, particularly Costco

Website: www.fromagesbergeron.com

Canadian Owned: No

Fromagerie Bergeron is a subsidiary of the publicly traded French Bel Group. Fromagerie Bergeron makes cheeses in Quebec, most of which can be identified by the Aliments du Quebec logo on the packaging, signifying that it is composed of a minimum of 85% main ingredients from Quebec, and that all the packaging and processing is also in Quebec. Also, Bel announced in 2018 plans to build a factory in Quebec to produce Mini Babybel cheese, with production scheduled for sometime in 2020.  Additionally, as part of Fromagerie Bergeron’s deal with Bel, all new production of The Laughing Cow cheese products for the Canadian market is in Bergeron’s factory in Saint-Nicolas, QC.

Condiments: Tymek’s🍁

Name: Tymek’s

Products: Pickles, various other Polish style condiments

Manufactured In: Etobicoke, ON

Where to buy: Various locations in Ontario and Quebec

Website: www.tymekspickles.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Tymek’s started 30 years ago in Toronto to spread their condiments to the Polish community, and since has grown into a well respected brand of natural pickles and condiments. Their pickles are made with a traditional Polish recipe from Ontario grown cucumbers. They also offer nutrition information and recipes on their website! Their factory store is in Etobicoke. With availability at some 105 locations, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find them.

Reno/Outdoor: Shade Sails Canada 🍁

Name: Shade Sails Canada

Products: Shade sails, privacy panels, pergola shades

Manufactured In: Revelstoke, B.C. (Sails) & Denmark (hardware)

Where to buy: Online (possibly elsewhere, unclear on website)

Website: www.shadesailscanada.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Shade Sails Canada makes shade sails for residential and commercial usage at their manufacturing facility in British Columbia. Their hardware section is manufactured in Denmark, but their sails are custom made in Canada. I think they look like a pretty cool way to keep the sun off outside your home.

Clothing: Cherry Velvet 🍁

Name: Cherry Velvet

Products: Dresses, men’s shirts, accessories

Manufactured In: Vancouver, B.C.

Where to buy: Online

Website: www.cherryvelvetplus.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Cherry Velvet sells Vancouver designed and manufactured dresses and shirts with the tagline “retro class with modern sass”, which I feel pretty well encapsulates their brand. They have dresses with a cool forties/fifties -esque style, and similarly themed shirts, as well as a Halloween themed line. They seem to have a focus on keeping their products made in Canada, and that’s what we’re all about, so definitely give them a look.

Clothing & Accessories: Colori 🍁

Name: Colori

Products: Womenswear, outerwear, earrings, necklaces, accessories

Manufactured In: Some products made in Montreal, QC, others unspecified, but likely in Canada.

Where to buy: 40 stores across Quebec, 1 in Nova Scotia, and online

Website: www.en.colori.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Colori is a Montreal based clothing brand, specializing in women’s clothing. They have a Made in Montreal line, which is specified on their website. It is unclear where the rest of their line is made, though their submission suggested all of their products were Canadian made. In any case, their products seem to be designed in Montreal, and they are of high quality and good design. Definitely worth checking out.

Toilet Paper / Paper Towels: Kruger Products 🍁

Name: Kruger Products L.P.

Products: Cashmere, Sponge Towels, Scotties, Purex, White Swan, White Cloud

Manufactured In: New Westminster, BC; Gatineau, QC; Crabtree, QC; Sherbrooke, QC; Scarborough, ON; Trenton, ON; Memphis, TN

Headquartered In: Mississauga, ON

Where to buy: Most grocery stores across North America

Website: krugerproducts.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Kruger Products L.P. is Canada’s leading tissue product manufacturer. Their parent company, Kruger Inc., also manufacturers a large number of industrial products. With 37% of the total tissue manufacturing capacity in Canada, they are Canada’s #1 leading tissue manufacturer. They offer many extremely well known brands, such as Cashmere toilet paper, Scotties tissues, and Sponge Towels paper towels. They even sell their products to many businesses, such as office buildings and food services, through their “Away-From-Home” line. In recent years they have also invested greatly in increasing their sustainability. Definitely an easy to find and good choice for your tissue product needs.