How to create the Ultimate Backyard Oasis This Summer

Vancouver, summer is almost here! Canadians know one of the best places to soak up some Vitamin D is in the comfort of your own backyard. But after a long winter, our outdoor spaces are due for a much-needed refresh.

Luckily, our friend Tracy Platt, Canadian Tire’s resident style and design expert, has all the tips and tricks you need to spruce up your backyard. With beautiful pieces to breathe some life into your space, shed those winter layers and take your living outdoors. Here’s some inspo’ to get your backyard patio-party ready!

It’s all about Conversation

Tracy’s trick: Low profile seating can double for lounging purposes and casual dinners with friends.

The Jensen Conversation Collection brings mid-century flare to your patio. Designed with TriPel technology, the cushions are water, stain and fade resistant – a practical touch to the hand-painted wood finish that lends a nostalgic feel.

Your patio – their entertainment

Tracy’s trick: A bar cart doesn’t always have to be a serving tool. Instead, use it as a statement piece for your outdoor space.

If you plan to entertain this summer, a bar cart and patio umbrella add style and function to your hosting. The Grappa Bar Cart, made with a durable metal frame, pairs perfectly with the water-repellant patio umbrella to make serving those Caesars and local brews a breeze.

Summertime Glow

Tracy’s trick: Fire tables not only create a focal point for your backyard but also add a relaxing ambience.

Bring that warm summer glow into the evening with the Cobalt Fire Bowl. Made with a durable steel construction base and modern embossed design, it’s a safe way to keep your fire controlled and gives your patio a warm and inviting feel.

A little magic

Tracy’s trick: Spread string lights in your garden, over top of your patio umbrella, or under your patio deck railings to add a soft glow – the possibilities are endless!

The party doesn’t have to stop after sundown. Add the Montmarte Heavy Duty Outdoor String Lights to your patio for an elegant and fun touch. They are both trendy and safe as the heavy duty commercial-grade wire ensures durability, no matter the weather.

There you have it Vancouver! Now get out and enjoy your Vancity summer!

And for even more inspiration, check out the new CANVAS collection from Canadian Tire to help you create your perfect outdoor space

James Chung

Vancouver Lifestyle, Cool Tech & Travel Adventure. Email:

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