About Canadian Only

Canadian Only (canadianonly.ca) is a directory-style website that was founded in 2000 by Leslie Wilson. The posts on Canadian Only Magazine are written and managed by Annie (Zed) Zalezsak, who is also a part of the Canadian Only website team.

Contest: Buddy Canuck Suggests We Give Away a Prize!

The Canadian Only team loves using their cinch bags! On a recent outing, Buddy Canuck suggested we share the love and give one of our beautiful Canadian Only cinch bags away as a prize in a contest!

The team finds the cinch bags ever-so-useful. Annie carries the chocolate, Leslie carries the masks, and Buddy just collects rocks in his cinch bag*.

Annie, Buddy and Leslie on a walk in Mission Creek Greenway Regional Park, Kelowna, BC

Now’s your chance to be the first member of the public to have their own Canadian Only cinch bag!

Buddy Canuck relaxes next to his cinch bag after a long walk in the park (it also works as a pillow!)

It’s easy to enter the contest. All you have to do is ‘Like’ our Canadian Only Facebook page, and enter a comment on our Contest post (pinned to the top of our newsfeed) so we can see your name! The winner will be announced on our Facebook page and contacted via Facebook message.

That’s basically it! (But please read the contest rules below, and make sure you agree to them before you enter!)

Contest Rules

  1. Any resident of Canada is eligible.
  2. No purchase is necessary.
  3. To enter the contest, you must:
  4. One winner will receive one brand new Canadian Only cinch bag.
  5. The winner will be selected and announced on the Canadian Only Facebook page by end of day, April 26, 2021. The winner will be contacted via Facebook message at which point we will ask for a Canadian postal address that we can mail the cinch bag to, via Canada Post.
  6. If you’re wondering what to put in the comments, well, it can be anything! But we’d love to hear what you love about Canada, or about our website, or anything Canadiana-related! (Please note, all comments are public and may be quoted or shared.)
  7. This contest is run by Canadian Only.
  8. This contest is not endorsed, sponsored or administered by Facebook, nor is Facebook associated with our contest. Facebook is released from any responsibility to entrants or participants.

We look forward to your participation in our first contest!

Buddy Canuck looks very cool with a Canadian Only cinch bag on his shoulder!

*Contents not included! But we’re sure you’ll find plenty of your own ideas of what to carry in your cinch bag!

Buddy Canuck and the Canadian Only Team at Willow Beach

The Canadian Only team, influenced by silly ol’ Buddy Canuck‘s brilliant ideas, went along to Willow Beach in West Kelowna, BC, donning bunny ears and a duck hat for an Easter photo shoot.

“Those two ol’ stick-in-the-mud gals need a bit of fun in their lives,” says Buddy. “They’ll spend all day and night on their computers, growing the Canadian Only website, spreading the word about businesses left, right and centre. They need to get out for fresh air once in a while!”

The Canadian Only team: Annie, Buddy and Leslie

Founder and CEO, Leslie, is particularly camera shy.

“It’s like pulling teeth to get her in a photo,” continues Buddy. “Then, she still wants to cover her face completely. It’s not ’cause of the pandemic, either. No. She’d be hiding her facing no matter what,” Buddy continues to mutter under his breath: “I dunno what her problem is. I love showing up and shining for a photo op.”

Buddy Canuck is highly photogenic

Annie, the website and communications person on the team, is a bit more adventurous on a photo shoot, as evidenced by her choice of duck hat.

“If I can do something to make someone laugh, I’m all in,” says Annie.

And laugh they did. Passers-by chuckled and chortled as they walked past the photo shoot site and saw the three in a kerfuffle to produce some decent photos with a simple point-and-shoot camera on a self-timer.

“One day, we’ll be famous, and everyone’s gonna wanna take selfies with us!” says Buddy. Rest assured that his endearing trademark, his cheeky grin, is ever-present underneath his mask.

“That would be awesome,” Annie chimes in.

Leslie quietly hurries things along so she can get everyone back to the office, but Buddy lags behind and dawdles for a bit, seeing if he can balance on some rocks along the beach.

“Have a Happy Easter, everyone! Remember to have fun, make time for play, and eat at least one chocolate bunny!” is Buddy’s wise advice.

All Systems Go!

We’ve launched the 2021 re-design of the Canadian Only website!

We actually went live on Sunday, February 7, 2021, but we kept it on the down low. We were still ironing out a few kinks and adding in a few links. We still have a bunch of ‘Did You Know’ snippets to put in. But the vast majority of the site is up-to-date, and we are super proud to share it with you!

How to use the Canadian Only website

We have instructions on how to use the website on the website’s home page, but essentially it’s like this. Our 10 provinces and 3 territories are divided into areas (usually North, South, East and West). Each province/territory has 5 interest groups: Accommodation, Arts & Culture, Eat & Drink, Products & Services, and Things to Do.

You can search the site by clicking on a province or territory, then selecting an interest.
OR… You can click on an interest on the home page and choose a province or territory.
OR… You can type keywords into the search engine at the top of the home page.

In our last blog post, we described the structure of our main province pages, so that may also be a valuable reference for you. Read Canadian Only is back, bigger and better!

Make sure you read our Did you know fun facts located in a box at the bottom of each page!

'Did You Know' at the bottom of the home page on the canadianonly.ca website

Are you a Canadian business owner, artist or artisan?

If you aren’t yet listed on our Canadian Only website, and you own a business in Canada, or are an artist/artisan living in Canada, submit your information for a FREE listing via our contact form.

Beyond that, we have lots of opportunities for you to appear on our site (and even on this blog)! You can check them all out on our Let’s ‘Ad’ You page. If you have any questions, feel free to message us via our contact form!

Canadian Only is back, bigger and better!

The past year has brought about a lot of change for everyone, and this is true for us at Canadian Only. For years, the team has been distracted by other projects. But now, we are putting our full attention to fellow Canadians. We are helping each other build back our economy by supporting each other!

We’ve been working hard to show our love for this country by sharing information and links to Canadian businesses, organizations, artists and artisans. Here’s a sneak peak of what the new site will look like!

Our home page introduces the website. It outlines basic information on how to use this site, with sections for interests, trivia and a map of Canada.

Canadian Only home page at canadianonly.ca

Each province and territory has a main page which is laid out with the following sections. (These are samples from various provinces/territories to show you variety.)

Province image




Did you know? and Trivia


Subscribe to this blog for updates as we progress. Soon, we’ll be posting stories about Canada and Canadians, too!


You’ve seen us at our Canadian Only website. Now, you’ll be able to interact with us here on our blog. We aim to bring you the best of the best of Canada. Canadian people, their products, their services, and much more.

If you’re Canadian and have something to Canadianesque that you’d like us to feature here, tell us all about it through our contact form. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

The Canadian Only nerve centre in British Columbia
We’re always busy at the Canadian Only nerve centre in British Columbia.