One piece of clothing for every province

Canada Day’s always a good time at Bay and Bloor (especially the years it coincides with Pride). But this year’s particularly spirited around here. We’re chalking it up to the 150th and the pride it’s bringing out in everyone - including us.

So as we got to thinking about how to celebrate Canada’s momentous birthday (and how to do it in a uniquely Petra Karthaus way), we thought we’d pick one must-have item from our store for a visit to each of the 10 provinces.
As you can imagine, it wasn’t easy - every part of Canada is so diverse, which is what makes Canada such an amazing place to be. But we’re confident that if you have an in-Canada trip planned this summer (which we highly recommend), we’ve literally got you covered.

The left coast is wet - no two ways about that. So if you’re heading out there, you’ll need a good rain coat. Fortunately, the climate is fairly similar in Holland, Belgium and northern Germany where we spend a lot of our time. This piece is exactly what you'd need for a day in Victoria, a night in Vancouver or a weekend in Kelowna.

Toronto people still have a cowboy image of Alberta, which is only half true. Yes, you’ll see more stirrups and boots than you would here - especially in July during Stampede.  But the Albertans have raised their style game. Last decade’s oil boom definitely had something to do with it, and the recent correction hasn’t changed the way people dress out there. This Bogner woven belt will help you fit right in whether you're in Calgary, Edmonton or Banff.

Grain, grain and more grain. That’s SK for you, and what better way to show Canada’s heartland a bit of love than with this wheat-coloured purse from Eric Javits. He’s one of our signature designers, and definitely worth a look.

You don’t have to wait for winter to see the ‘Toban Polar Bears. In fact, a trip to Churchill to see them in their natural habitat is one of the best Canadian adventures you can have. But if you’re going to visit them, bring along this stunning white cotton-blended jacket. It’ll make them feel much more comfortable in their coats.

If you’ve never been to Ottawa before, you’re really missing out on one of Canada’s real gems. People talk about going in the winter to skate the Rideau Canal, but the summer is just as fab. The hopping Byward Market, the gorgeous parks and maybe a Justin sighting? If you’re there for the celebrations happening basically all summer, show your pride in this Red Diana Gallesi Blazer.

Everything’s sexier in French. That’s just a fact. So if you’re making it out to La Belle Provence, look the part in this franco-styled J.J. Garella Lace Outfit. On the boardwalk in Quebec City, along the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal or out of town in the Laurentian mountains, J.J.’ll have you looking and feeling magnifique.

Now we’re into the Maritimes and the gorgeous blue Atlantic waters. If you've ever been to Saint John or Fredericton, you’ve probably felt the breeze so a pair of stylish walking pants would serve you well - and specifically these Blue Magics, perfect for a stroll through town on a summer’s eve.

From Halifax to Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia’s the place to see and be seen. And when you’re seen wearing this aquamarine crystal and pearls necklace that pairs perfectly with a walk along the pier, you’ll draw stares from everyone you pass. This piece goes just as well with beachwear as it does with a dinner outfit.

The red sands of PEI are a sight to see for anyone, as is the drive over the Confederation Bridge to get there. And in this Aldo Martins top, you’ll be comfortable, stylish and just chill enough to belong in Canada’s most laid-back province.

Whale watching is THE thing to do out there. You’ll want to be as warm as you can so you can wait them out because missing a giant jump out of the water just isn't an option. This Devernois scarf is exactly what the ship captain ordered. Maybe the rich colours will even entice the whales to come up for a look?

We talked about Eric Javits earlier, and we’re bringing him back for our summer jaunt north because of his stylish travel hats. They can bend any which way for cramming into a suitcase and pop right back without losing form — perfect for 22.5 hours a day of glare from the sun.

Whatever you do this summer, enjoy it and enjoy the greatest country in the world. Happy Canada Day from all of us at Petra Karthaus.
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