The Canucker’s Mothers Day Gift Guide

This Mother’s Day, give your mom a gift that gives back. The woman who has had the biggest impact on your life, deserves a gift that truly makes a difference. Proudly Canadian and stunningly ethical, this compilation of gifts, fits any price point.


Under $20 – Woodlot Soap

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Pamper your mom! Handmade in Canada, these extraordinary soaps are made of ethically sourced salts and nourishing clays.


Under $50 – Vancouver Candle Co. 60 HR Candle

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Traditionally handmade in Vancouver, these Canadian candles are an absolute treat! They are lovingly made to burn clean, by only using premium soy wax, 100% cotton wicks, all natural essential oils and cosmetic grade fragrance oils. Numbered and signed for quality control, this gift will make any mom feel special.


$100 and under – Topsy Farms Throw

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Make sure your mom is warm & cozy with a 100% sustainable Canadian wool blanket. Most wool is processed using sulphuric acid, making it irritating to human skin. Topsy Farms has thankfully found an alternative method, which leaves you feeling warm and extraordinarily comfortable.


Over $100 – Berg & Betts Watch

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This classically elegant watch is made from surplus leather that would otherwise be wasted. Collecting cut offs from factories around the world, these time pieces are not only sustainable, but are also partnering with Sedex to actively promote a healthy and happy workplace.

Photos courtesy of: Woodlot, Vancouver Candle Co., Sleeping Organic & 204 Park.

Maple Syrup – A Photo Diary

In true Canucker fashion we celebrated maple month, by visiting our local sugarbush. From a tractor ride to sampling sap straight from the tree tap, our experience at Horton Tree Farms was the epitome of spring fun!

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Upon arrival, we jumped on the tractor while soaking in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. Ready for an adventure!

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As its name suggests, Horton Tree Farm doubles as a Christmas tree farm.

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So much to do, where to start?

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“Sugar maple sap is 3% sugar, 96% water. Sap flows in the trunk only when it thaws by day and freezes at night. This occurs for 4-5 weeks in the springs. Tapholes are bored 5-6 cm, into the sapwood. Each hole may yield 20-40 litres of sap in a season.”
– Horton Tree Farms

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Remember these?

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Did you know, it takes 40 litres of sap to make one litre of maple syrup?

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The sap must be boiled, to evaporate the water content. As the water evaporates, the sap thickens and caramelizes.

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A Canadian spring – too cold to swim but too warm to skate. We will settle for sunshine.

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“North American natives discovered maple syrup thousands of years ago. This was one of the few natural sources of sugar available to them. To natives, syrup making is a spiritual event, representing balance between men and women. The sap represents woman and the fire represents man. When the two are brought together in perfect balance, sweet syrup is made representing the children.”
– Horton Tree Farms

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After our adventure, we could not wait to dig into a plate full of maple syrup drenched pancakes. Good news: It was better than we could have dreamed. Bad news: We were so excited, we forgot cameras existed.

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While working off the pancakes, we made a lovely new friend.

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Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas?

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Shaded haystacks and vintage skates: The end to a perfect day.

Plaid: J.Crew (similar) Chinos: J.Crew Cap: Bass Pro Shops Sunglasses: Spy Optic
Watch: G-Shock (similar) Running Boots: Pajar CANADIAN BRAND (similar)