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The dress code for a weekend in the woods (hint: no cargo shorts).
Filson Tin Cloth bush hat. $65. The Canadian Outdoor Equipment Company. Klaxon Howl for Uncle Otis vest. $295. Uncle Otis, 26 Bellair St., 416-920-2281. Brutus trim-fit plaid shirt. $95. The Future of Frances Watson, 1390 Queen St. W., 416-531-8892. Dunderdon Herringbone short. $155. Uncle Otis. Timberland Tackhead boot. $299. Get Outside, 3456 Yonge St., 416-440-8880. Filson XL cloth bag. $175. The Future of Frances Watson.
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There’s a reason they call them earth tones—they look good outside. (And dirt doesn’t show.)
FWK Engineered Garments khaki twill shirt. $300. Jonathan and Olivia, 49 Ossington Ave., 416-849-5956. Hartford linen shorts. $184. Lileo, 12 Trinity St., 416-413-1410. Epperson Mountaineering multicoloured climb bag. $149. Drake General Store, 1144 Queen St. W., 416-703-6518. Hunter rubber boots. $150. Get Outside, 3456 Yonge St., 416-440-8880.
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STROKE OF GENIOUS
The Semaphore Series paddles are fresh and local—made in Toronto from Ontario bass wood. $240. Atelier 688, 688 Richmond St., 416-671-2537.
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Langford has been building cedar strip canoes like this 16-foot Heritage version for 70 years. It’s a veritable Canadian icon, so watch out for rocks. $4,995. Langford Canoe, 2839 Hwy. 60, Dwight, 905-877-4444.
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The Industrial Prospector tent is big enough for a family of full-grown lumberjacks, which makes it just the right size for a couple and all of their urban belongings. From $750. The Canadian Outdoor Equipment Co., 199 Lakeshore Rd. E., 905-990-1750.
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THE BETTER BLANKETS
Bay blankets are so 300 years ago. Try the Pendleton yellow striped blanket ($263) or the blue serape blanket ($216), two colourful alternatives. Peaks and Rafters, 585 Dupont St., 647-350-3500.
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You already know Hastens makes the world’s best (and most expensive) beds. Their hammock is just as comfortable. (Note that it won’t inspire getting up to stoke the fire.) $284. Hastens Toronto, 18 Distillery Ln., 416-619-4480.
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THE COOLEST COOLER
First introduced in 1954, the Coleman Steel-Belted cooler really does keep food cold and fresh longer than cheap plastic versions. $199. Bass Pro Shops, 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr., Vaughan, 905-761-4000.
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TAKE THIS SEAT
The Canadian woods could use a bit of Scandinavian design. Plus, the Gloster Solana canvas chair folds for easy transport. $610. Fresh Home and Garden, 16 Eastern Ave., 416-367-3906.
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A BETTER BUCKET
A teak ice bucket ensures you won’t be chilling champagne in the same cooler as frozen steaks. $385. Morba, 665 Queen St. W., 416-364-5144.
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WHO NEEDS STARBUCKS?
The GSI espresso maker ($50) and cup ($5) mean you don’t have to settle for instant coffee. Mountain Equipment Co-op, 400 King St. W., 416-340-2667.
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Wood fires and gas stoves are camping staples, but the Bodum Fyrkat barbecue is for those who know food tastes best on charcoal. $60. Bergo Designs, 28 Tank House Ln., 416-861-2861.
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THE RADDEST RADIO
Battery operated and water resistant, the Roberts Vintage-Look radio also has an auxiliary plug for an iPod (or iPad, or laptop, or whatever else you snuck into the woods). $299. Drake General Store.
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THE ONLY AXE YOU’LL EVER NEED
Just because the Base Camp X Pioneer axe for Uncle Otis has a nice paint job, doesn’t mean it won’t chop wood. $235. Uncle Otis, 26 Bellair St., 416-920-2281.
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Water bottles are outdoor necessities. This felted flask just looks better than most. $48. Drake General Store.
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