North Standard Trading Post

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1662 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1B2
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Finding a Muskoka-like cabin in the middle of Toronto might be impossible, but clothing retailer North Standard Trading Post on Queen Street West comes pretty close to capturing the cozy vibe of a northern Ontario cottage.

From the wood paneling on the walls to the decorative canoe oars hanging around the store, all you need to complete the rustic cabin atmosphere is a warm wool blanket and a pair of camp socks — luckily you’ll find those in the shop as well. Husband-and-wife owners Pamela Hopson and Francesco Fiore first opened their cabin-inspired Parkdale boutique in 2013. Today, the cottagey space is the perfect setting to show off their curated collection of Canadian must-haves.

That doesn’t just mean that the goods are appropriate for Canadian weather. “We try as much as we can in each commodity to have something made in Canada,” says Pamela, adding that some brands are made even closer to home. Muttonhead gear, sourced from Roncesvalles, is sold alongside Smells Like Canada candles that are made in Parkdale, just like the Parkdale Butter Company hand cream, which is one of the many brands of homemade personal care products available at the store.

Even the store’s name was inspired by a piece of Canadian history. The “north” is obviously a nod to Canada itself, while “standard” is “something well-made, a little bit more on the utility side,” says Francesco. But more importantly, the “trading post” refers to the traditional trading posts that were established to exchange goods between the inhabitants of early Canada.

The tradition continues at North Standard Trading Post, where many of the goods — from durable denim to weather-resistant puffy jackets — are manufactured close to home.

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Where to find cottage gear and décor in Toronto

Where to find cottage gear and décor in Toronto

Owners of North Standard Trading Post, Pam and Frank are the type of neighbours you want to have around. Not only do they support local shops and restaurants, but they also make a concerted effort to fill their dog-friendly store with Toronto-based designers and artists. Heritage-inspired pieces, unfinished wood, suspended snowshoes and the aroma of campfire candles, invoke the sights and smells of rustic lodging without even leaving the 6.

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Where to find sweet Secret Santa gifts for under $30

Got a Secret Santa with a beard or a great head of hair? North Standard duo Frank and Pam produce their own all-natural beard oil and pomade (lemongrass- and ginger-scented), both on offer for a cool $18. If you’re more in the market for a musky candle, this Parkdale Canadiana-themed lifestyle and apparel boutique can help with that too. Check out the Smells Like Canada handmade candle series, featuring scents like Yukon Yuletide, Saskatoon Wheat, and Toronto Smoke.

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Canadiana-inspired clothing and decor in Toronto

With outdoor-themed artwork and heavy antique wood displays, this Parkdale clothing and lifestyle store inspires sentiments of Canadiana the moment you walk through the door. Find home décor goods like the camping-friendly North Standard enamel mugs, or “Smells Like Canada” camp candle, as well as a selection of HBC blankets and throws. It’s also the spot to find your seasonal batch of plaid button-downs, flannels, denim, canvas goods, and a host of eclectic accessories. Also check out the oh-so-cute baby onesies branded with the North Standard cartoon bear. Bonus, pick up a copy of National Geographic's guide to Canadian parks.

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