Want to bring a memento of your trip back home for family and friends? Here are WHERE‘s picks for souvenirs of Toronto and Canada, our fair and native land.
GET COMFY Roots, a Toronto staple since 1973, has sporty and casual apparel such as the Cooper Kanga Hoody ($64.95).
SWEET TREAT Maple candy from Canadian chocolatier Laura Secord. Maple creams (12 pieces, $8), maple soft or hard candies (6 for $2.99).
HIGH POINT A souvenir of the city’s iconic CN Tower, such as a keepsake ornament with a hand-painted image of Toronto ($10) or replicas of the world’s tallest building in pewter, silver and crystal ($35-$200).
ROYAL REMINDER From historic Casa Loma, a water globe of the city’s castle ($22.99), available at the on-site gift shop Castle Keep.
FUN TIMES Since 1879 Birks has been one of the country’s premier jewellers. The company’s signature watch collection for men and women, with the finest components from around the world, has graced the wrists of Canadians for more than 125 years. (Various styles, $150 and up.)
ABORIGINAL ARTISTRY Sculptures, carvings and crafts made by Aboriginal artists from across the country celebrate Canada’s rich heritage. From the artists of Cape Dorset, be reminded of Canada daily with the 2007 Inuit Art calendar ($19) from Eskimo Art Gallery. Other retailers for Native crafts and sculptures include Arctic Nunavut, Bay of Spirits, Harris Inuit Gallery, Maslak-McLeod Gallery and Native Stone Art.
TORONTO TALENT The art aficionados on your list will appreciate a masterpiece by an up and coming or established Toronto artist. Check out Distill, Petroff Gallery or The Gardiner Shop at the Gardiner Museum for a variety of items ranging from jewellery to ceramics.
RINK OF DREAMS Hockey is a national obsession, and the Hockey Hall of Fame feeds our love of the game with a miniature Stanley Cup ($49.95).
UNDER THE COVERS Canada’s oldest corporation, The Bay, is renowned for its HBC Point Blanket, a four-colour-striped blanket that has been around since 1668. (Various sizes, $125-$350.)
SHOPPING WITH A VIEW A list of Canadian shopping wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Queen’s Quay Terminal, located along Toronto’s harbourfront and boasting Canadian designer Tanya Lam and women’s apparel shop Tabi among its retailers.For more Toronto shopping picks, see our Holiday Gift Guide.—Linda Luong