Thursday, June 27, 2019

Happy Summer Solstice! The Camellia, Thunder Bay

sailboat in Silver Harbour, near Thunder Bay

It's finally summer in Northern Ontario! We're so lucky to be surrounded by Lakes   ... the great Lake Superior and many inland lakes. Summer means Fishing season has begun. Time to head out to Camp. Summer solstice is the longest day of the year and there are many ways to celebrate Summer Solstice. Click on the link below to see how the Scandinavians celebrate Midsummer. 

ivy plant on wall

We celebrate by planting in our nice to see Green outside instead of white! What did you plant in your Garden this summer? Flowers or Veggies or both? 

white midsummer danish rose bloom

This is a Danish Mid-Summer Rose bloom. It's a bit late this year, but is now starting to bloom. You remember that sweet Rose smell ....this variety has plenty of that. 

girl on beach with waves splashing
Photo by Danka & peter on
Summer means heading to the Lake to enjoy some wave splashing activity, and some outdoor ME time. What day of the week have you set aside this Summer for outdoor hiking and sitting by the Lake? Or do you fill your days off with errand running, grocery shopping and cleaning? This summer is your Summer to make a change. After all, summer is a short 90ish days long. It does go quickly. 

Napa Soap company , Thunder Bay, On

Here at The Camellia in  Thunder Bay, we are purveyors of Napa soap which is handmade in small batches in St. Helena, Napa Valley, Ca. This is the best soap, it lathers up beautifully and is soft and silky feeling. The smell is not overpowering. New is Eucalyptus Spa - this bar is reminiscent of a Day at The Spa, with Eucalyptus and Peppermint Essential Oils. Come into our store at 30, Hacquoil Rd. to buy some Napa Soap. 

Lavender Napa Soap at The Camellia Slate River

Our most popular bar is Lavender Napa Soap...this bar makes a great hostess Gift. Buy and keep a few at home for those occasions that come up suddenly when you need a thoughtful Gift. 

Mussels and More Pottery dishes at The Camellia, Thunder Bay

Another special Summer Gift is our #MusselsnMorePottery - all handmade, and most pieces are oven safe and dishwasher safe. Lovely dishes for someone who lives at the Lake, or has fond memories of  living by the Lake. 

Visit The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. in Slate River, On. 
Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fri. 11-5, Sat 11-5, Sunday 12-5. 
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Monday, June 10, 2019

Adding summer to your Northern Ontario Home, The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On.

blue eggs in Robin's nest

Well, it's June in Northern Ontario and everything is finally green, we have had so much rain and our rivers in Slate River are swollen to the point of over flow and flooding. Robins are busy nesting and chirping. And there are so many blackflies. Today we had sun, warm weather, wind, rain, and then hail. All in 1 day! 

Summer along Lake Michigan

Summer means hanging by the Lake, with a picnic lunch, and some loungers. It's refreshing to sit by the Lake on a really hot day, with the Lake breezes blowing in your face, whipping your hair around. No phones, nobody asking you to do something for them, just Peace and relaxation. Summer in Northern Ontario. 

Summer means that our Gardens are growing again... and the return of blooms, like this lovely Peony bloom which grew in my mother-in-law's Farm. We transplanted this peony bush into our Garden, and every year it blooms faithfully. This colour of Peony dries to a deep burgundy pink. Summer means lush Flower gardens. 

Farmhouse Kitchen Serenity cottage paint

Summer means Kitchen renovations...look at this beautiful Farmhouse Kitchen! Cabinets are being painted with Serenity Cottage Paint, backsplash will be done in old brick, and counters are all solid wood. If you are thinking of painting your Kitchen cabinets, come visit us at The Camellia to take  a look at our sample paint boards for Serenity Cottage Paint. For information, go to and

painting a fabric chair with serenity cottage paint at The Camellia

Are you thinking of updating your Lakehouse? If you have a mix of old and unwanted furniture, why not update by painting right over the fabric with Cottage Paint? Get the how-to in our store, The Camellia, and choose from 60 colours of Cottage Paint. 

Look at all these blues and greens and aquas.....take a look around you and see how you can Summerize your Home with Lake decor and Cottage paint from The Camellia. 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5. Fri. and Sat. 11-5. Sunday 12-5p. 
Bring your photos, measurements and swatches. 
p 807-475-3551