Our Story

handmade artisan craft fair vendorCanadian Originals is a family owned business based in Oakville, ON. We have always loved buying handmade goods, shopping at local markets and craft fairs, supporting small stores featuring Canadian artisans and makers. We slowly came to realize that we were missing out on many fantastic products made by artisans outside of our immediate area, so when we decided to launch a subscription box, we made the choice to source goods from across the country. 

 

made in canada sign maple leafOur mission is to select and deliver some of Canada’s finest lifestyle creations, featuring a highly curated collection of items not widely available abroad or across the country. We strive to work with and promote talented artisans who are dedicated to their craft and the continuing traditions of making beautiful things. All our vendor partners are Canadian makers – from mompreneurs to small indie brands, everything you find in our box and our store was made locally, and that includes our box and our website. 

natural handmade artisan lavender soap barWe strongly believe in natural, wholesome ingredients, which is why all the bath and beauty products we feature are free of parabens and petroleum byproducts. If something is meant to go on our children's skin (or ours), we want it to be safe, gentle, effective and nourishing. We love animals, so nothing we sell is ever tested on our furry friends. We prefer to buy local honey, jams made from fruits grown on local farms, and generally getting to know the people who grow our food and make the things we use daily – from our furniture to our soap. We live in an increasingly changing and fast paced world, but some things are worth spending time on. Time to design, to make, and also to enjoy. 

 

We package our boxes with love and care and we limit how many we ship out each month to ensure that our quality never suffers in the service of numbers. This company is truly a labor of love, and our love letter to Canada. Our launch box is appropriately entitled Canada 150, to celebrate our country’s historic birthday.

Muskoka chair on dock by the lake in summer at sunsetWhether you are Canadian by birth, by choice, or just admire our True North ethos, we hope you will enjoy you monthly gourmet finds, unique accessories and jewelry, luxurious beauty products and original home décor pieces, some created exclusively for Canadian Originals. Our boutique, launching in August, will feature an extensive collection of products from our vendors. We know you will discover fantastic brands that you'll want to experience again (or gift to a lucky loved one). 

pottery wheelWe encourage our subscribers to follow our lifestyle blog, which introduces our artisans to the world. Each week we feature an in-depth interview with one of our makers, the story behind their work and their inspiration sources. We also share features on local travel, style, artisanal products, hot spots and highlights from a variety of locales across Canada, as well as a preview of some of our upcoming brands. Welcome to Canadian Originals! We look forward to helping you discover the best of handmade Canada.

 

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