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CANADA COLLECTION BY ROOTS™

Show your pride and honour this momentous time in our nation’s history with our Canada Collection by Roots™.

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Roots Canada 150 Tour

We're getting back to our Roots and travelling across the country with our Roots pop-up shop, complete with our Canada 150 Collection, niceTM buttons and pins, and other surprises.

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  • London

    June 15 - June 18: Kids Expo London

  • Toronto

    June 21 - June 22: Pride Dundas Square

  • Niagra-On-The-Lake

    July 2: City and Colour Festival

  • Edmonton

    July 7 - July 9: Kingsway Garden Mall

  • Yellowknife

    July 14 - July 16: Folks on the Rocks

  • Saskatoon

    July 20 - July 27: Midtown Plaza

  • Kamloops

    August 1 - August 3: Aberdeen Mall

  • Vancouver

    August 6: Vancouver Pride Sunset Beach Festival

  • Muskoka

    August 18 - August 20: Windemere House

  • Ottawa

    August 31 - September 4: Arling Shopping Mall

  • Roots Salt & Pepper

    Roots Salt & PepperTM

    A Roots signature that somehow goes with everything you own. First designed in 1979, this ultra-soft fleece is made with a special knit that’s exclusively ours. Often imitated but never replicated, our Salt & Pepper has a one-of-a-kind look that cannot be recreated.

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  • The Cooper Beaver

    The Cooper Beaver

    In the summer of 1973 with plans to open a new shoe store in the heart of Toronto, Michael and Don needed to find the perfect name for their new business. The word 'roots' was found by Don in a biology textbook. The name Roots inspired the first Cooper Beaver artwork that was created by Canadian designers Heather Cooper and Robert Burns. Today, the Cooper Beaver and Roots name in bold, Cooper font continue to be an instantly recognizable and time-honoured feature of our iconic sweats.

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  • World Famous Sweats

    What goes into making our World Famous Sweats

    Craftsmanship & Functionality

    All of our sweats start with high-quality yarns. A unique blended cotton knit creates the much-loved look and feel of our exclusive fleece. Once the fabric is made, it’s washed and brushed for added softness. Brushing the fabric loosens the underside of the knit, leaving that lasting, cozy feeling.


    Comfort & Versatility

    When it comes to our sweats, we’re all about the details. Starting with a fit that we’ve perfected over time, so that every piece feels like it’s been made just for you. We have continued to innovate our original designs, adding years to their lifetime. Our sweatpants feature seam-free sides for softer wear, while rib trims on our sweatshirts add durability. Iconic finishes like our Cooper Beaver complete our signature sweat look.

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  • World Famous Sweats

    Creating an Icon

    When our co-founders Michael Budman and Don Green set out to create the first Roots sweats, they started an evolution that turned an athletic essential into an icon that celebrates the Canadian lifestyle. We continue to build on what our founders began over 40 years ago; making these iconic styles a wardrobe staple. Today, when you think of Roots, you think of sweats. From our commitment to durability to innovations in design, our sweats are no ordinary sweats – they are World Famous.

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  • World Famous Sweats

    What Makes our Sweats World Famous?

    Quality craftsmanship is at the core of everything we do. For over 40 years, we have been devoted to creating the world’s most comfortable and long-lasting pair of sweats — from the moment you slip them on, you feel like you’ve worn them forever. From style influencers to international celebrities to families alike, our sweats are worn around the world with shipping to over 73 countries across the globe. Our sweats are made for you to be yourself and to express your sense of style; to feel comfortable and confident from the very first time you try them on.

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  • Be nice™, support WE, buy a button

    Be nice™, support WE, buy a button

    100% of the profits from every purchase of a nice™ button or limited-edition enamel pin supports Indigenous Youth Empowerment Programming run by WE. Help us reach our goal of $150,000 for this nice cause by purchasing your nice™ button or pin and wearing it proudly.

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  • nice™ Roots Pop-Up Shop

    nice™ Roots Pop-Up Shop

    We’re getting back to our Roots and travelling across the country with our pop-up shop, complete with our Canada Collection by Roots™, nice™ buttons and pins, and other surprises.

    See where we’re headed next:

    VANCOUVER

    Vancouver Pride Sunset Beach Festival
    August 6

    MUSKOKA

    Windermere House
    August 12 - 13

    TORONTO

    Queen's Quay Terminal - West Quay Hole
    August 18 - 20

    MONTREAL

    Festival Mode & Design
    August 25 - 26

    OTTAWA

    Carlingwood Shopping Mall
    August 31 - September 4

  • Roots on the Road: Yellowknife

    Roots on the Road: Yellowknife

    Day #1: When arriving into a new city by plane at midnight, one would safely expect complete darkness illuminated only by streetlight. However, our recent flight took us by surprise. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, painted a beautiful tableau of bright pinks and blues accompanied by a subtle backlighting from the near constant sun. That’s right - currently Yellowknife has approximately 19 hours of sunlight a day!...

    Even when the sun sets, it’s not a complete disappearance like we’d expect in Southern Ontario, but rather due to the latitude of the town and the angle of the axis on which the earth is rotating, it’s more of a dusk-like sun more than anything (thank you, Bill Nye!) Probably more commonly known for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) Yellowknife is proving there is much to offer in the summer months. The lakes are spectacular (toes submerged within seconds of nearing the first one), the people are beyond friendly, and the variety of food is as delicious as it is wide.

    Set along the edges of the ever so picturesque Long Lake, Folk on the Rocks is a premier music festival that many are flying in from Alberta and British Columbia to attend. Headliners include City and Colour, Shad and Jason Collett - we can’t wait to hear their sets! We’ve successfully planted Big Red on the festival grounds amidst a sandy, tree-filled forest and are beyond excited to open our doors to the festival goers and citizens of Yellowknife. With sunlight keeping the party going for almost the entire day, this is going to be a festival to remember for many years to come! Be sure to check out our Instagram page for photos of our set-up, location and the festival itself!

    F.O.T.R.: As summer music festivals have become a common memory-making weekend for all ages, the ROTR team felt audibly spoiled rotten when we attended one of Canada’s most coveted and scenic festivals: Folk. On. The. Rocks. The musical styles varied from true boot-stomping and hand-clapping Folk, to traditional throat singing (a hypnotic vocal game well worth a Google!) The weekend came to an emotional end with a headlining acoustic set by City and Colour featuring Matt Kelly and a powerfully inspiring final performance by the YK Dene Drummers - talk about ending things with a bang! With stages planted on sandy beaches against the beautiful backdrop of Long Lake, the ROTR team took every chance we could to sneak off and catch some incredible performances. The experience at Folk on the Rocks was absolutely awe-inspiring and we leave the Spectacular Northwest Territories with the most incredible of memories.

    Recap: My Grams once told me, “You won’t remember what someone said or did, but you’ll remember how they made you feel”. Well, Yellowknife, you’ve stirred something in all our souls. Unsure if it’s the pure air, friendly people, geographic isolation, the roadside bison or the fact that it’s the complete opposite of our daily lives in all the best ways. It’s been real. The near constant daylight has kept us energized, the food has left us craving more, and the people have generously welcomed us with friendly stories and helpful suggestions. This place is pure magic. We’ve all collectively agreed to return over the next several years, to experience the Aurora Borealis, Snow Palace, dog sledding, ice roads and yes, even to endure the unspeakable cold - if only for bragging rights. Thank you Yellowknife, you’ve made the Spectacular Northwest Territories live up to its name. We’ll be seeing you, real soon.
    Cheers, The R.O.T.R. Team
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  • Roots on the Road: Edmonton

    Roots on the Road: Edmonton

    Day #1: This is it ladies and gentlemen, we’re officially out of Ontario! We’re off to settle into our hotel and begin exploring all this city has to offer; thus far, we’re planning on exploring the West Edmonton Mall, Lammle’s for cowboy boots, and Whyte Avenue for delicious cuisine. If anyone has any suggestions, please let us know, we’re always on the lookout for the best local eateries, traditions, events, etc. As always, make sure to tag all photos with the hashtags #BeNice #RootsIsCanada #ROTR #RootsOnTheRoad and your location!...

    Day #3: She made it! Big Red arrived today, thanks to our fearless Road Warrior, Dave, who travelled from YYZ to YEG! We’re set up in the parking lot of Kingsway Mall near Entrance #1, you can’t miss us. That’s all for now! We’ll check in with everyone in a few days, until then, enjoy this heat wave, and stay hydrated!

    Day #7: Edmonton - you did not disappoint! Our time here has been spent running from one thing to the next, trying to cover as many activities as we possibly could and yet despite our best efforts we feel as though we’ve only scratched the surface. We managed to thoroughly shop the West Edmonton Mall and eat our way through Whyte Avenue (a candy store and three restaurants later). A midnight drive through the city showed how truly electric it is at night - with people spilling from restaurants and pubs and others dancing wildly down the sidewalks without a care in the world, all against the soundtracks of Brett Eldredge or Tim McGraw.

    However, as the saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” or rather, “When in Alberta, do as tourists do and go to the Calgary Stampede!”, so that’s exactly what we did. With only one full day left in Alberta, we spent a few hours driving south to Calgary.We watched riders victoriously ride bareback broncos, children (no taller than yardsticks) wrangle miniature ponies; fearless female champions barrel race, and of course the nail-biting coup de gras, the bull riding. On more than one occasion we found ourselves holding our breath in fear for the rider’s life, in anticipation of him getting bucked, in sheer admiration for their ability to hold on, and quite possibly because we just didn't know what we were supposed to do otherwise. That is until the rider cleared what is arguably the longest eight seconds of anyone’s life when we, along with 15,000 others, exploded into cheer and sometimes tears of excitement and relief.

    Not to be outdone by the rodeo, the BBQ and food tents presented some winners as well. We all overindulged in ribs, Bloomin’ Onions, pulled pork, ‘slaw and mini doughnuts. All of which were too mouthwatering to describe - attempting to would be a huge disservice to their artisans. After a full day of all things country and western we drove back to Edmonton, exhausted, satiated and determined to come back next year for the duration of the event!

    Cheers, The R.O.T.R. Team
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  • Roots on the Road: The Premiere!

    Roots on the Road: The Premiere!

    Meet our team of travellers and hear their stories from the road as they explore our vibrant and vast country with the nice™ Roots Pop-Up Shop.


    What is Roots on the Road? A catchy name? Absolutely. A summer tour of Jimmy Fallon’s in-show band? Definitely not - although, shout-out to The Roots! Hit us up if you want to join us on one of our stops! But in all seriousness, what is Roots on the Road?...

    Roots on the Road is a mobile pop-up shop travelling the country in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and helping to spread “nice” from coast to coast. What is “nice” you ask? It’s a celebration of Canadians being nice, and not just because we apologize if we accidentally butt ahead in line for a double-double or bump shoulders while exiting the ice rink. Being nice is so much more than saying sorry — it’s also our bravery, strength, pride and confidence.

    So, join us as we traverse across the country bringing a little piece of Roots Canada to the far corners of our provinces and territories. Follow us on here (our travel journal for the summer), our Instagram page for incredible photos and videos documenting our journey, Looking forward to having you along for the adventure!

    Cheers, The R.O.T.R. Team Kate, Jessi, Nikki, Chris
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  • All About Canada: Ottawa

    All About Canada: Big Blue

    Canada is home to the largest animal in the world— the blue whale. They can grow up to 27 metres in length and weigh up to 132 tonnes. Take a trip out east to the coast where these magnificent creatures can be found in our beautiful Canadian waters.

  • All About Canada: Ottawa

    All About Canada: Lakes

    Canada has more lakes than any other country in the world.

  • Travel Tips: The Haunted Walk of Ottawa

    Explore Ottawa on one of these guided tours, where you will be led by lantern light and learn about the city’s favourite haunted locations and ghost stories.

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  • All About Canada: Today in History

    July 17, 1976: Montreal becomes the first Canadian city to host the Olympic games.

  • All About Canada: Ottawa

    All About Canada: Ottawa

    This beautiful city is our country’s capital, with a population of over one million people. Ottawa is home to Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • All About Canada: O Canada

    July 1, 1980: “O Canada” officially becomes our national anthem.

  • The Blazon Collection

    Be nice™, support WE, buy a button

    100% of the profits from every purchase of a nice™ button or limited-edition enamel pin supports Indigenous Youth Empowerment Programming run by WE. Help us reach our goal of $150,000 for this nice cause by purchasing your nice™ button or pin and wearing it proudly.

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  • nice™ Roots Pop-Up Shop

    nice™ Roots Pop-Up Shop

    We’re getting back to our Roots and travelling across the country with our pop-up shop, complete with our Canada Collection by Roots™, nice™ buttons and pins, and other surprises.

    See where we’re headed next:

    EDMONTON

    Kingsway Garden Mall
    July 7 - 9

    YELLOWKNIFE

    Folk on the Rocks
    July 14 - 16

    SASKATOON

    Midtown Plaza
    July 20 - July 27

    KAMLOOPS

    Aberdeen Mall
    August 1 - August 3

    VANCOUVER

    Vancouver Pride Sunset Beach Festival
    August 6

  • Happy Canada 150!

    Happy Canada 150!

    From all of us to you, Happy Canada Day!

  • nice™ Roots Pop-Up Shop

    nice™ Roots Pop-Up Shop

    Come stop by and see us on July 2 in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the City and Colour Festival, an all-Canadian band event in celebration of Canada 150.

  • The Blazon Collection

    The Blazon Collection

    A symbol of home, proudly designed and made in Canada.

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  • The Canada Student Pack

    The Canada Student Pack

    Designed and made in Canada with our Vintage Tribe leather that’s hand-buffed for a unique finish.

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  • Meet Canada's Nicest Person

    Meet Canada's Nicest Person

    Angel Magnussen is the creator of Hugginz By Angel, a Registered Canadian Charity that provides blankets and other items for children with a serious illness or medical condition. Her foundation was awarded a $10,000 donation to help continue her nice work.

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  • The Ringer T-Shirt

    The Ringer T-Shirt

    A camp favourite, inspired by a love of Canada.

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  • All About Canada: Pukaskwa National Park

    Located close to Marathon, Ontario along the shores of Lake Superior, Pukaskwa National Park is the only wilderness national park in the province. From sandy beaches to hiking trails and the Hattie Cove Campground, there is so much to explore within this 1,878-square-kilometre park.

    Learn more about Pukaskwa National Park

  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Elicser

    The Limited Edition Patches Hoody

    Celebrate Roots heritage with this limited edition hoody, inspired by patches from our archives.

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  • The nice™ Collection

    To celebrate 150 years of being nice, we’ve created a special collection of apparel and accessories. Designed and made in Canada with Canadian and imported materials.

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  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Elicser

    Be nice™, support WE, buy a button

    100% of the profits from every purchase of a nice™ button or limited-edition enamel pin supports Indigenous Youth Empowerment Programming run by WE. Help us reach our goal of $150,000 for this nice cause by purchasing your nice™ button or pin and wearing it proudly.

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  • Canada, it's time to vote!

    Meet the 10 finalists in The Roots Search for Canada’s Nicest Person.

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  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Elicser

    The Canada Collection by Roots™

    Celebrate Canada 150 with our special collection of apparel, accessories and leather goods. Made in Canada from Canadian and imported materials.

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    nice™ Roots Pop-Up Shop

    We’re getting back to our Roots and travelling across the country with our pop-up shop, complete with our Canada Collection by Roots™, nice™ buttons and pins, and other surprises.

    See where we’re headed next:

    PICTON

    Waupoos Winery and Estates
    June 1-4

    TORONTO

    Yorkville Village Summer Market
    June 5-7

    LONDON

    London Kids Expo
    June 16-18

    TORONTO

    Pride – Dundas Square
    June 21-22

    TORONTO

    Pride
    June 23-25

  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Elicser

    The nice™ Roots Artspace: Elicser

    Artist Statement: The piece is called “That’s Nouce.” In Canada we can’t do anything other than be nice. It’s hard to be nice. Canadians are open minded and accepting. Everyday when you leave your home, you are choosing to sit around the “campfire” with all of us. Come and enjoy the campfire there's a seat waiting for you.

    See this artspace for a limited time only at Roots CF Toronto Eaton Centre in Toronto.

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  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Ilya Viryachev

    The nice™ Roots Artspace: Ilya Viryachev

    Artist Statement: Living in Canada means having some of the most gorgeous and powerful nature in your backyard. It is why it is not surprising the transformative effect that nature has on Canadians when we are in its domain. If you have ever gone on a hike, you have experienced the strength of a special community that is created once you are in the wild. All of a sudden, every single person in sight is a friend who will cheer you on, have a fun conversation, help you keep going, or share an energy bar and some water. It is a kind of experience you may not see on the streets but only in nature's domain. This is a truly Canadian way of showing kindness and support in moments of strength and resilience; the kind of nice that takes open-mindedness, friendliness and a good heart.

    Having come from Almaty, Kazakhstan at the age of fourteen, it was exciting but also intimidating to enter a new country, not knowing what to expect. It was overwhelming to try to enter numerous communities and groups all at once and integrate into society. I feel privileged and lucky to have come to British Columbia and experience its warm welcome. I have learned a lot of incredible Canadian values and the real definition of being nice is truly close to my heart. Hiking is still one of the activities I enjoy and I love being able to rejoin that community on the weekend and give back the warmth and support that I have been given all along.

    See this artspace for a limited time only at our Roots Robson Flagship Store in Vancouver.

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  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Candace O Bell

    The nice™ Roots Artspace: Candace O Bell

    Artist Statement: Canada is a vast and beautiful country, and with such a diverse landscape. In this artwork, my intention is to pay tribute to the land – the whole of Canada, as well as this specific location, which is unceded, Kanien'kehá:ka traditional territory – and to the creatures who call this country home. As good Canadian critters, the animals in this piece are interacting in various gestures that could be described as “nice.”

    The ongoing destruction of natural habitat and abuse of our planet mirrors our broken connection with ourselves – the fractured nature of our psyche, and our denial of soul. To reclaim kindness towards oneself is the first step in remembering what it is to be loved and treated well. It then becomes easier and increasingly more obvious that other beings and places deserve to be treated well, also. We have more energy to direct towards other people and initiatives. Being nicer to others comes more and more naturally.

    There is so much we can do to prevent further destruction, and to restore Canada’s beautiful wilderness. The small changes count too, and the more people commit to making these small changes, the more they will add up. Where in your life can you ditch plastic? What are you wanting to buy that could be purchased second-hand? Even if we all simply stopped using plastic straws, avoided products in extraneous packaging, drove less, and stopped leaving the tap on full blast while washing dishes, that would add up. There is always something more that we can each do. And that would be nice. That would be really, really nice.

    I’d like to think that my friends here agree. Here’s to another 150 years of a beautiful, and cleaner, Canada. Thank you to Roots Canada for granting me this platform. Be nice to yourself. You deserve it. Now go spread it around.

    See this artspace for a limited time only at Roots Centreville in Montreal.

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  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Raven Davis

    The nice™ Roots Artspace: Raven Davis

    Artist Statement: Indigenous contribution to the Canadian government and society has been nice.

    Canada is the second largest country by total area in the world and half of it is covered in treaties signed with Indigenous people. Today, there are over 1 million Indigenous people in Canada, over 50 nations and 70 treaties. Without the involvement and treaty negotiations made between the sovereign Indigenous nations, in what is now called Canada, the British Crown and this Commonwealth Nation wouldn’t have a confederation to celebrate.

    Beginning in the early 1700’s, the British Crown entered into treaties with Indigenous people outlining, amongst other things, peace and friendship, trade, the rights of Indigenous people and the use of lands that Indigenous people occupied. Although some Indigenous people in Canada question the process of treaties for many reasons such as understanding some were signed under duress or coercion, not to mention their ancestors signing a binding legal document in a completely different language, which they would learn later contained far fewer terms than what was negotiated and have been interpreted by the Crown and the courts very narrowly.

    Indigenous people have been nice by honouring their side of treaties signed between them and the Canadian Government.
    In fact, Indigenous people have been so nice since the 18th century, they have tolerated the advancement and growth of Canada. Indigenous people have been nice by continuing to sit at the table with the international British government, now known as Canada, and have continued negotiations of land use and Indigenous rights even though Canada has a long history of violence, assimilation and colonization of Indigenous people.

    Indigenous people have also been nice by being the ultimate land, water and environment protectors and keepers since before confederation to this very day. From coast to coast, and for the benefit of all Canadians, Indigenous people have been protecting the use of natural resources, working tirelessly to bring awareness to others in way of ceremonies such as Ceremonial Water Walkers to increase the support for clean and accessible water for all Canadians. If we consider what has happened in Canada and acknowledge the massive contribution of Indigenous people to the Canadian landscape, it would be hard to argue that Indigenous people have been anything but nice.

    See this artspace for a limited time only at Roots Rideau Centre in Ottawa.

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  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Whatisadam

    The nice™ Roots Artspace: Whatisadam

    Artist Statement: A Montreal native, Whatisadam (WIA) is one of the city’s best known urban artists. Infused with Canadian imagery, Whatisadam’s style is reminiscent of vintage comics and pop art. While North American wildlife and landscapes are common themes in his work, he often reimagines them to feature elements of urban culture, as seen in his cans of maple ‘sizzurp’ and tattooed ducks. In addition to his wheatpastes and stencils found throughout the city, Whatisadam has a diverse studio practice, including silkscreen prints, large-scale murals, installation work, as well as a proclivity towards using found objects as his canvas. In addition to Montreal, Whatisadam’s work has been found in the streets of New York, Paris, Toronto, Miami, and Mexico City.

    The ‘Be Nice; WIA x ROOTS instalment' celebrates 150 years of Canadians 'being nice’. This collaboration between Whatisadam and Roots takes a personal look at the conversation between the street artist and the viewer. In this scene, Whatisadam thanks the viewer for appreciating art, where some might not see it. Here’s to another 150 years of being awesome Canada.

    See this artspace for a limited time only at our Roots Flagship Store in Toronto.

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    Instagram: @station16gallery

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    Canada you’re nice

    Get ready for Canada Day celebrations with our special collection inspired by a love for the country we call home.

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    View more of roots.com’s nice™ Roots Artspace with Canadian artist Ryan Enn Hughes. Learn more

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    All About Canada: Canadian Tulip Festival

    The 65th Canadian Tulip festival takes place in Ottawa from May 12 to 22, 2017.

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  • Travel Tips: P.E.I. Lighthouses

    Prince Edward Island is home to many lighthouses along its shorelines. These charming structures are the perfect place for photographs, or for taking in the province’s breathtaking views.

    Learn more about the Island’s lighthouses at www.tourismpei.com

  • Our Canada 150 Celebrations

    Join in on all the fun leading up to the big day, including one-of-a-kind art installations at our flagship Roots stores and our Roots pop-up shop that will travel across Canada.

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  • Roots + WE Logo

    Be nice™, support WE, buy a button

    100% of the profits from every purchase of a nice™ button or limited-edition enamel pin supports Indigenous Youth Empowerment Programming run by WE. Help us reach our goal of $150,000 for this nice cause by purchasing your nice™ button or pin and wearing it proudly.

    Learn More Shop Now
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    Empowering Indigenous Youth Leaders with WE

    WE is an organization that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world. WE’s Indigenous Leadership and Educational programs allow participants to explore history and current events and examine privileges and perceptions, while engaging with Inuit, Metis and First Nations Elders and community members in the development of their leadership skills.

    Working together with Indigenous communities in Canada, WE programs include Sacred Circle, which educates and motivates First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth to make change and become leaders in their communities. The program is delivered in partnership with community elders and mentors. Sacred Circle was designed in consultation with educators from the Department of Aboriginal Education at Nanaimo Ladysmith School District and is based upon Indigenous concepts such as the Seven Teachings and the Medicine Wheel.

    Program Outcomes:

    • Increased academic achievement and engagement
    • Development of advanced leadership skills, self-esteem and confidence
    • Strengthened sense of belonging and community
    • Inspiration and support for youth to participate in their communities as leaders
    • Exploration and celebration of personal and cultural identity
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  • The Roots Search for Canada’s Nicest Person

    Canadians are ‘nice’. We’re polite, friendly people that say sorry when you bump into us. But being nice is so much more. To celebrate Canada’s birthday and 150 years of being nice, we’re looking for Canada’s Nicest Person—an individual who makes a positive impact among their peers, within their community or for all of Canada.

    Be nice and nominate who you think it is for a chance to win $10,000 for charity.

    Learn more on how to enter
  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Elicser

    Elicser Elliot is a well-known Toronto graffiti artist who was born in Montreal and grew up on the West Indian island of Saint Vincent. His work has been featured in the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum and publications like Mix Magazine and Spacing. His distinctive artwork is created by using aerosol spray paint and often depicts different characters or collages.

    Event Details:
    TORONTO
    Roots CF Toronto Eaton Centre
    220 Yonge Street, Level 3
    May 19
    2-4PM

  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Ilya Viryachev

    Originally from Almaty, Kazakhstan, Viryachev immigrated to Canada at a young age and currently lives in Vancouver. After graduating from the Art Institute of Vancouver, he was a TV show animator before transitioning into the field of concept art. Viryachev works for an animation studio, spending his free time painting, creating art installations, murals and being involved in the local art community.

    Event Details:
    VANCOUVER
    Roots Robson Flagship Store
    1001 Robson Street
    May 18
    5-7PM

  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Candace O Bell

    Living and creating art in Toronto’s west end, Bell’s work has a strong connection to nature that is influenced by her upbringing in Northern Ontario and Newfoundland. Playing with different media including organic materials, her creations are designed to act as reminders of personal strength and self-worth.

    Event Details:
    MONTREAL
    Roots Centreville
    1025 Saint-Catherine Street West
    May 17
    6-8PM

  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Raven Davis

    Raven Davis is an Indigenous, mixed race, Two-Spirit multidisciplinary artist, curator and activist from the Anishinaabek Nation. Born and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto) and currently splitting time working between K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and Tkaronto. Raven blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms. Raven is also a proud parent to three sons.

    Event Details:
    OTTAWA
    Roots Rideau Centre
    50 Rideau Street #111
    May 16
    12-2PM

  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Whatisadam

    A Montreal native, Whatisadam (WIA) is one of the city’s best known urban artists. Infused with Canadian imagery, his style is reminiscent of vintage comics and pop art. While North American wildlife and landscapes are common themes in his work, he often reimagines them to feature elements of urban culture, as seen in his cans of maple ‘sizzurp’ and tattooed ducks. In addition to his wheatpastes and stencils found throughout the city, Whatisadam has a diverse studio practice, including silkscreen prints, large-scale murals, installation work, as well as a proclivity towards using found objects as his canvas. In addition to Montreal, Whatisadam’s work has been found in the streets of New York, Paris, Toronto, Miami, and Mexico City.

    Event Details:
    TORONTO
    Roots Flagship Store
    80 Bloor Street West
    May 15
    6-8PM

  • The nice™ Roots Artspace: Ryan Enn Hughes

    A Toronto-based director, photographer and artist, Ryan Enn Hughes creates videos, photographs, installations, animated gifs and virtual reality content. Hughes has collaborated with many recognizable brands and his artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world including The Getty Center, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), The Hammer Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery. Currently, he is a member of the advisory council for The School of Image Arts at his alma mater Ryerson University.

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  • The nice™ Roots Artspace

    See one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by this special moment in history, created by Canadian artists at our flagship stores and on roots.com.

  • Be nice™, support WE, buy a button

    100% of the profits from every purchase of a nice™ button or limited-edition enamel pin supports Indigenous Youth Empowerment Programming run by WE. Help us reach our goal of $150,000 for this nice cause by purchasing your nice™ button or pin and wearing it proudly.

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  • Canada in the News: Beaver Herds Cattle

    On April 14, 2017, some curious cattle in Saskatchewan made a new furry friend.

    Read the full story on CBC News

  • O Canada!

    Embark on your next adventure in true Canadian style with our Souvenir Scarf.

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  • All About Canada: Today in History

    April 17, 2017: “For the past 35 years, the Charter has helped build a country where people from all over the world can come together as equals and create opportunities for one another.

    The Charter protects the rights and freedoms that are essential to our identity as Canadians. It allows us to express ourselves as individuals and to celebrate our differences, while bringing us closer as a country.

    This year, we also mark the 35th anniversary of Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, which recognizes and affirms Aboriginal and treaty rights. There is no relationship more important to our government than the one with Indigenous Peoples. We are committed to a renewed nation-to-nation, Inuit-to-Crown, and government-to-government relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

    The spirit and substance of the Charter are at the heart of Canada’s success, and should inspire us all as we work toward a fairer, more just and compassionate society.

    “Today, I remind Canadians that we have no task greater than to stand on guard for one another’s liberties. The words enshrined in the Charter are our rights, freedoms, and – above all – our collective responsibility.”
    - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Office of the Prime Minister

  • #RootsIsCanada

    We’re wanderers at heart; lovers of the unknown and the road less travelled. No matter where your journeys may lead, remember to bring a piece of home along with you. Share your adventures with us #RootsIsCanada. @rootscanada
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  • All About Canada: Canada’s Smallest Province

    Prince Edward Island is our country’s smallest province at about 280 kilometres in length and has a population of 145,855. The Confederation Bridge joins P.E.I. to the mainland, from Borden-Carleton to Cape Jourimain.

  • Spring adventures start here

    Explore our new arrivals inspired by Canada’s Maritime provinces.

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  • All About Canada: Today in History

    April 12, 1980: Terry Fox begins his Marathon of Hope in St. John’s, Newfoundland to raise awareness and money for cancer research by running across the country.

  • It’s (officially) spring!

    Spring break, spring weather, spring flowers… spring new arrivals! We couldn’t be more excited.

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  • All About Canada: Today in History

    New France’s first inhabitants ate hearty meals to cope with the rigours of everyday life—not to mention the climate! A distinct brand of home cooking evolved over the centuries, creating such Québec classics as tourtière (meat and pork pie), cipaille (a layered meat pie), fèves au lard (baked beans), cretons (pork spread), tarte au sucre (sugar pie) and galettes de sarrasin (buckwheat cakes). While most of these items no longer appear on the daily menu, many are still served on special or seasonal occasions.

    See more at www.Quebecoriginal.com

  • "With so many little roads to drive down, there are endless views of vernacular architecture meeting the nooks and crannies that make their way into the Atlantic Ocean."

    Canadian Director, Mark Bennett shares his thoughts on Newfoundland.

  • All About Canada: Today in History

    March 7, 1876: Alexander Graham Bell is granted the patent for the telephone.

  • “As much as you need a car to drive around the island to and from the little communities, I find myself walking more often since you get beautiful, peaceful moments like these in- between the other moments.” Canadian Director, Mark Bennett shares his thoughts on Newfoundland. @markbennett

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  • Hey Rosetta! takes us along for their journey.

    Indie rock band Hey Rosetta! is used to being in front of crowds as musicians, but we asked the Newfoundland natives to share their visit to their home province to record a different sort of performance: recording their music in Fogo Island Arts—the residency-based contemporary art venue for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers, and thinkers from around the world.
    Lead singer Tim Baker describes the experience….

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  • Celebrate Canada 150 and your Roots

    Shop the Canada Collection by Roots

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  • Meet Trevor Wheatly and Cosmo Dean

    Meet Trevor Wheatly and Cosmo Dean, the young multimedia artists making waves in the Toronto art scene. In celebration of our nation's sesquicentennial we asked Trevor and Cosmo to try their hand at the iconic maple leaf. We stopped by Trevor and Cosmo’s studio in Toronto, Ontario to see how they bring their pieces to life…

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  • Celebrate Canada 150 and your Roots

    With the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation just around the corner (July can’t come soon enough!) we’re feeling the need to celebrate!

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  • All About Canada with @Codographs

    Being a Canadian means acceptance, multiculturalism, freedom and pride! We are a very diverse country from coast to coast, ranging from landscapes, cultures and dialects. To me being Canadian is simply having respect for others, taking time to enjoy what the landscape offers and the what adventures it may bring, and enjoying/ appreciating our freedom! I'm extremely proud to call myself a Canadian citizen, as every Canadian should. We have it so good here! A bonfire on the shores of Red Indian Lake.

  • Travel Tips from @Codographs

    Although there are many incredible locations of the province, Fogo Island is a definite must see when visiting Newfoundland. A place where modern structures contrast rugged wind-swept landscapes and quaint fishing villages. Just a short 45 minute ferry ride from Farewell will give you seven quaint villages to explore!
    Pictured : Long Studio, Joe Batts Arm

    Follow along as @Codographs shows you his hometown and tells you all about his favourite places to visit on @rootscanada!

  • All About Canada: Canada’s Youngest Province

    Before 1949, Newfoundland had a history as a British colony, and equal to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand as a full Dominion of the British Empire. Newfoundland and Labrador joined Canada on 31 March 1949.

  • Travel Tips from @Codographs

    Every province and territory has their own unique qualities, they're all special. Newfoundland in particular is indeed a very special place. Influenced by heavily by Ireland we have a very distinct dialect and colloquial language which differs from region to region. The folk music here is another highlight along with traditional foods, beer, and amazing landscapes! Also we are always a half hour ahead!
    Pictured: Lomond Sinkhole (20km off route 430)

    Follow along as @Codographs shows you his hometown and tells you all about his favourite places to visit on @rootscanada!

  • Travel Tips: East Coast Weather

    For the island of Newfoundland, the average summer temperature is 16°C (61°F) while the average winter temperature hovers around 0°C (32°F). In Labrador, the winter climate is somewhat harsher, but temperatures can top 25°C (77°F) during the short but pleasant summers.

  • Travel Tips from @Codographs

    The Grand Codroy Estuary is one of the most productive vegetation and wildlife habitats of the province. This waterfowl haven is ideal for birdwatchers, photographers and people that appreciate beautiful vegetation and colourful landscapes. It is quite different than the rest of the island, it's actually quite similar to Ireland in a way. The fall of the year is particularly nice in this area. Located just North of Port- Aux-Basques, this estuary is a must see!

    Follow along as @Codographs shows you his hometown and tells you all about his favourite places to visit on @rootscanada!

  • All About Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador

    The province consists of two sections, the island of Newfoundland and the mainland portion of Labrador. The most easterly Canadian province, the island is situated at the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The province lies between the 46th and 61st parallels; most of the island lies below the 50th parallel.

    - Via Heritage Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Travel Tips from @Codographs

    There are way too many beautiful places here, which makes it difficult to choose just one. However one of my personal favourites is Little Port Head, in the town of Lark Harbour approximately 45km from Corner Brook. A steep (sometimes slippery) ascent, rewards you with this unbelievable view! The summit offers views of Cedar cove beach, the gulf of St. Lawrence, barrens and of course the town of Lark Harbour itself. This place is off the beaten path, however you won't regret the visit!

    Follow along as @Codographs shows you his hometown and tells you all about his favourite places to visit on @rootscanada!

  • East Coast Easy: The Downtown Tote

    Made in Canada by Canadian craftsmen.

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  • All About Canada: Today in History

    February 16, 1965: the maple leaf becomes Canada's official flag.

  • The Ultimate Newfoundland Camping Trip

    Looking for an itinerary to explore Newfoundland’s historic sites and National Parks? Parks Canada has put together the best the province has to offer. Spend seven days Western Newfoundland taking the ‘Together in the Wild’ tour.

    Day 1: Arrive Deer Lake (via air) or Port aux Basques (via car ferry)
    Drive north to Gros Morne National Park.

    Day 2: Gros Morne National Park
    Enjoy the Western Brook Pond Boat Tour. Feel the mist of scenic waterfalls spilling over 700m cliffs that rim this glacially carved lake.

    Day 3: Take a guided tour of the Tablelands, a geological wonder – a rare piece of the Earth’s mantle exposed. Spend a day enjoying coastal walks or hike challenging and adventurous routes to the top of Gros Morne’s mountains. Meet local residents and share in their stories and music at one of the many lively concerts, plays, or festivals.

    For more please visit Parks Canada

  • Newfound Look: Spring Jackets

    Your water-repellent essentials, perfect from winter to spring.

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  • All About Canada: Music from Newfoundland and Labrador

    “The traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador is rooted in Irish, Scottish, English, and French music. Thanks to bands like Figgy Duff, Great Big Sea, and musicians like Ron Hynes, and legendary fiddlers like Rufus Guinchard and Emile Benoit, it's known throughout the world. Feel free to clap and stomp along to jigs and reels featuring fiddles, accordions, and bodhran drums. Or get swept away by old Irish love songs passed down from generation to generation.” - Via newfoundlandlabrador.com

  • All About Canada: Today in History

    February 12, 2010: the winter Olympic Games begin in Vancouver. Freestyle mogul skier Alexandre Bilodeau becomes the first-ever athlete to claim a gold medal on Canadian soil.

  • Travel Tips from @Codographs

    Meet Cody (@Codographs) the Newfoundland photographer with the most incredible instagram feed. Follow along as he gives us his travel tips, must-see haunts and favourite places from his hometown on Instagram @rootscanada.

    Hey I'm Cody, a 20 year old outdoor enthusiast, amateur photographer, and tourist at home! I currently reside in the beautiful bay of islands on the west coast of Newfoundland where I'm studying Natural resources at CNA.

    I'm extremely proud to live in such a fantastic, breath-taking province as there are so many diverse landscapes, friendly people, and endless places to explore!

    Follow along as @Codographs shows you his hometown and tells you all about his favourite places to visit on @rootscanada!

  • Designed & Made in Canada - Made by Canadian craftsmen with Canadian and imported materials.

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  • All About Canada: St John’s, Newfoundland, the oldest city in North America

    For more than 500 years, St. John’s has been visited by European explorers, adventurers, soldiers and pirates. Discovered by John Cabot in 1497 and later claimed as the first permanent settlement in North America for the British Empire, St. John’s has a rich and colourful history.

  • Newfound Look: The Modern Fisherman Sweater

    We fell in love with Newfoundland are we’re celebrating Canada’s most eastern province with our latest collection of new arrivals. Fisherman brave any weather. These legendary sweaters are why.

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  • All About Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador

    The Atlantic Puffin is Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial bird. About 95% of all North America's puffins breed around the Newfoundland and Labrador coasts

  • “I am so honoured to be able to celebrate my country in all it’s beauty in my own fun and creative way.” Kerry, Roots Canada’s Print and Packaging Designer. Read more about our Limited Edition Canada 150 collectible shopping bags.
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  • Show your Canadian pride and celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary with our Canada Collection by Roots.

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  • Parks Canada is inviting Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in our national treasures from coast to coast to coast. To mark this special year, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all Parks Canada locations!

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  • Celebrate your Canadian heritage with our Canada Collection by Roots . Designed & Made in Canada - Made by Canadian craftsmen with Canadian and imported materials.

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  • All About Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador There are more varieties of English spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador than anywhere else in the world and the province has its very own dictionary and encyclopedia. The Dictionary of Newfoundland English was first published in 1982 and contains hundreds of words and phrases you'll find nowhere else.

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  • Newfoundland and Labrador is a little smaller than California, slightly bigger than Japan, and twice the size of the entire United Kingdom.The island of Newfoundland covers 111,390 square kilometres (43,008 square miles) - an area that rivals the size of the three maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island combined.
    Though Newfoundland and Labrador is larger than some countries, it certainly doesn't feel crowded with a relatively small population of 510,000. And while you'll find lots of friendly folks across the province, just over one-third, or 181,000, live in and around the capital city of St. John's.” - Via newfoundlandlabrador.com

  • Artist-In-Residence: The Limited Edition Collectible Canada 150 Bags

    Here at Roots, we get the opportunity to work with some incredibly inspiring and creative Canadians. Kerry, our print and packaging designer, shares the design process behind our limited edition Canada 150 collectable shopping bags.

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  • Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation with us! ...Each month we will highlight a province from our beautiful country—get fun facts about the province, travel trips from locals and up-to-the-minute news about our Canada 150 celebrations. This February is all about Newfoundland and Labrador.
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