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

Introduction

Interests

Locations

Did you know? and Trivia

Map

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

Kelowna Christmas Show 2013

Kelowna Christmas Show 2013 at Prospera Place

The first day of the new annual Kelowna Christmas Show opened at Prospera Place today. Doors opened at 10:30 a.m., so I thought I’d mosey on over shortly after 11. The long line up to get in moved quickly. I got my hand stamped and found my way into the central arena. It was wall-to-wall people. Who knew it would attract such a crowd! Practically unable to move, I decided to come back later on in the afternoon. Good move, because at that time I was able to talk to a few very interesting vendors.

The first products to really catch my eye, were the beautiful dolls made by Yolanda Robinson.

Yolanda Robinson of Boom Boom Kids at the Kelowna Christmas Show, November 23, 2013

Not finding suitable dolls to purchase, she started making them for her own children.

Boom Boom Kids

Her children requested mermaid dolls that had legs, too, and could be played with as “land dolls” when the mermaid “tail” was removed. I thought this was a clever idea!

Boom Boom Kids

Yolanda’s website boomboomkids.com is under construction, but in the meantime, you can visit and “like” her facebook page, Boom Boom Kids. More cute pictures there, too!

It was a particularly cold day and I was drawn to this display.

Karren Ferreira of Knitz Specialty Yarn at the Kelowna Christmas Show, November 23, 2013

Karren Ferreira is a self-confessed Yarnaholic. She specializes in colourful scarf yarn made of mohair, wool and cotton with textures that are fuzzy, shiny or funky.

In addition to the fuzzy, compact and colourful scarves (above), Karren crochets practical all-in-one hooded scarves (below). Some are made with alpaca wool.

Karren’s selected yarns can be purchased on her Knitz Specialty Yarn website (knitzspecialtyyarn.com).

After having her own children, Alma Gurgol wanted to use cloth diapers.

Alma Gurgol of Ogobumz at the Kelowna Christmas Show, November 23, 2013

She began making them with a soft removable liner. She sells these and other baby accessories through her online shop, Ogobumz.

Cloth diapers at Ogobumz

Ruthy Penner upcycles fabric into the cutest little shoes and sundresses.

Ruthy Penner, "nooks", at the Kelowna Christmas Show, November 23, 2013

I asked if she had any with a Canadian design. These ones had a maple leaf button on them. Just a bit bigger, and they might have been good for Buddy Canuck! Check out the nooks website for more (nooksfootwear.com).

Mother Moon Designs also attracted a lot of attention with fleeces and home decor.

Mother Moon Designs

If any of these items catch your eye, you still have a chance to buy them in person at the Kelowna Christmas Show tomorrow, Sunday November 24, 2013 at Prospera Place, 1223 Water Street, Kelowna between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.