Let’s go outside

It’s the time of year when the great outdoors is looking even greater: days are longer, temperatures are on the rise and we’re spending more time alfresco, minus the woollies. With that in mind, here are some of our favourite fresh-air things that will have you covered whether you’re trekking the trails or treating your T-Zone.

by Christy Wright

Sounds Good

The sleek Kicker Bullfrog BF100 Bluetooth speaker lets you bump your favourite playlist out of four tiny speakers that have an impressive 100-foot range. It is completely waterproof so no need to worry about it while in the canoe; it can even float it in the lake or hot tub (“It’s Getting Hot in Here” anyone?). It’s a speaker phone as well – will make or take calls – and has a 12-hour battery life. If you really want to pump up the jam, customize it with the Kicker Connect app, which allows you to connect two speakers together for double the sound. $150US kicker.com

Cuts Like a Knife

Cosmo knives are heirlooms-in-making. These bladed beauties are meticulously handcrafted by the brand’s owner and founder, Seth Cosmo Burton, on British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island. Each one is unique and all are made using sustainably sourced and harvested local materials and the highest-quality steel alloys. The Bushcraft Outdoor Knife (pictured here) sports a handsome burled maple handle and is presented in a handmade leather sheath. Blades can be custom engraved and handles are inlaid with precious stones for a bit of cottage-country bling. $495 cosmoknives.com

Blanket Statement

The backstory to Mini Tipi blankets is as compelling as its gorgeous designs: this is a female- and indigenous-owned Canadian company based in unceded Algonquin Territory in Gatineau, Quebec. The brand’s wool-blend blankets feature culturally driven designs, and the showstopper bears a wonderfully graphic thunderbird pattern (the thunderbird represents power, protection, strength and survival). We love them just as much as inspired indoor accessories, perfect draped over the arm of the sofa, as we do for the base of a very stylish spring picnic. $125 minitipi.ca

Pack It Up

Fulfilling sushi cravings at the cottage just got a little easier, thanks to the Nori Backpack. Just launched in March 2021, this compact and stylish design features sushi-inspired butterfly wings that wrap around the backpack (like a nori roll) to keep essentials secure. Fun and functional, it boasts a list of smart features including a hidden magnet to safely hold ear buds, a shoulder strap for sunglasses, a charger for devices and more – all in a semi-hard shell fabrication that is lightweight, comfortable and holds its shape. From $59 kickstarter.com

Namaste Day

Turn your deck or dock into a fab yoga studio with B Yoga’s B Mat. Founded by Canadian entrepreneur Andrea Morris, B Yoga is coveted for its super grippy mats made from eco-friendly rubber. We love the array of happy-go-lucky colours – as well as this mutedly sophisticated shade of cocoa – and how stay-put these made-in-Canada mats are. Oh, and if you’re interested in stuff like that, it’s the yoga mat of choice for one Meghan Markle. From $60 byoganow.com

Safety in Numbers

Rural rays are one of the joys of cottage life but they can wreak havoc on skin (not to mention the dangerous and harmful effects of unadulterated sun). That’s why we do not – repeat do not – leave the building without our trusty Salt & Stone Sunscreen SPF 50 stick. We love that it is organic, all natural and glides on like butter. The broad-spectrum protection works, while ingredients like jojoba and vitamin E oil pamper. Bonus: it’s water-resistant and easy to carry anywhere. We stock up on it at our fave Canadian wellness supplier, Good Goddess. $22 goodgoddess.com

Christy Wright is a freelance writer and world traveller. christywrites.ca