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Cut from the same cloth

How the Tuck Shop Trading Company was inspired by one camper-turnedcottager’s lifetime in Algonquin Park
photography GRANT HARDER

It all started with a coat. Black and white, wool buffalo check. No one can quite recall where it came from originally, and the tag is long gone. Just an old jacket, the sort of thing that might hang on a hook in the cottage mudroom or languish in a closet. But for Lyndsay Borschke, the most recent owner of the coat— she started wearing it soon after her mother-in-law handed it down to her—it was the Cottage Coat. And it was the coat that launched a business.

Lyndsay, 40, is the founder of Tuck Shop Trading Co., a Toronto-based company that bridges the divide between cabin and city, with clothing that is rustic yet elegant, stylish yet simple. The aesthetic behind what she calls “Canadiana redefined” is rooted firmly in her years first as a camper and now as a cottager in Algonquin Provincial Park.

Algonquin is quintessentially Canadian. We grow up seeing the park through the eyes of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, its trees and shorelines prominent on the walls of our most prestigious art galleries. For many visitors to the park—and the country—it is where they first kneel in a canoe, its lakes the first into which they dip a paddle. Thought to be part of the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishinabewaki, and the Omàmiwininiwak (Algonquin), it is the oldest provincial park in the country, originally established as a “Forest Reservation and National Park,” more than 125 years ago. The park attracts half a million visitors each year, between draws such as nighttime wolf howls, day visits to witness the fall colour, campground stays, and backcountry trips. Lyndsay has spent part of her summers in the park since age eight, when she first went to Camp Wapomeo on Canoe Lake. The camp, and the lake, “was always the most important place for me,” she says. She found a second home on the shores of the islands that make up the all-girls camp: orange and green canoes flipped over on the docks, lined up haphazardly like shoes at the door; the wooden cabins cluttered with clothing, a summer’s worth of books, and bathing suits; the dining hall, tables set with yellow Melmac plates and the walls decorated with wooden plaques recording camper names from decades past. “All my very best friends are camp friends,” says Lyndsay. “There’s a saying: ‘Camp friends are forever friends.’ “ She spent a month at Wapomeo each year until soon the entire summer was defined by time on the lake.

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