Tied to the Sky

  • Elite Kites & More on Sale this week at Great Canadian Kite Co.

     Well the big day has come and gone, and we hope it was the best Christmas ever for you!   To keep the fun rolling we are offering two sales, offering our already competitively priced Kites at even greater savings! Sale # 1 is a general Kite sale on all single line, beginner stunt kites, traction kites and accessories.  Take 10% all in stock items in these categories! Discount Code at time of checkout "Boxing Day Sale 2012" Sale # 2 If this is not enough to get you soaring we are offering a whopping 15% off all instock Elite Kites...

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  • Christmas Break

     Well in a little less than 24 hours the big day will be here!   It has been a very busy season for us this year and we are looking forward to some time away as a family.   We are visiting family for Christmas and have the opportunity to connect with my sister and her family - who we haven't seen in about two years!  We are really excited about some much need rest and reconnecting with family, and as a family for some fun! If you haven't signed up for our newsletter, you probably haven't heard about of Boxing Day...

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  • Christmas Rush

     Cruising in on the big day!   Christmas day is 8 days away and yes, there is still time to get that special something delivered on  time for Christmas morning to most parts of the country using Xpress Post!   As you may appreciate the elves here at the Great Canadian Kite Company have been packing and shipping kites at a fevered pace.   With each box that is packed and picked up for delivery, I keep thinking about each name I see on each box.  I often wonder how they celebrate the holidays and how much I hope the kites we are sending will...

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  • Revolution Kites :: The Story

     This post is all about the history of Revolution Kites.  More than kites, this dynamic and innovative company has developed, hands-down, the best quad-line stunt kite on the market.  Sadly, often copied, the counterfeits are nowhere near the quality or performance standard of the authentic Rev kites.  Not unlike the introduction of dual line stunt kite back in the day, Revolution kites have breathed new vibrancy into a traditional and historic hobby for a new generation of kite enthusiasts. I have heard it said by some that the quad line kites are difficult to fly but my experience has been...

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  • The Building of a Winner - R-Sky Kites

     It is true.  I have met very few kites I didn't like.  Maybe this is the confession of a kite addict.  My wife has always maintained that I have a kite addiction but I suppose like many spouses of the kite addicted - they look on with suspicion as we employ the "this is my last one" to rationalize why we need just one more kite.   I have tried support groups for addicted kite flyers but really it wasn't any help because I come out of each meeting drooling and shaking with kite lust - I tremble as I...

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  • Autumn Kite Flying on the Prairies

     Well it's official.  The summer of 2012 has officially ended giving way to autumn.  The leaves are changing color and falling from their soon-to-be sleeping hosts, and the smooth gentle winds blow them all into my yard!    I like autumn because with the crops all harvested the flying fields become abundant. The winds tend to come gently from the west and the south and have been 6 - 20 kph (between 4 and 12 mph) and on the lighter side I really enjoy a light wind kite - typically an UL or an SUL and away I go.   I like...

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  • Kite Trick / Stunt Tutorials

    Here are a few online, Stunt Kite trick tutorials from a few different sources.  Whether you are taking to the sky for the first time or have lots of flight time, these resources are great to help you learn to nail an assortment of some of the coolest tricks.  They will demonstrate and explain step-by-step how to do some of the coolest kite maneuvers. I find these tutorials help break down a stunt in such a way that you can get a sense of what's actually happening - with your body and with the kite.  Like most everything, this will...

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  • Intro to Stunt Kites - The Wind Window

    The wind window is an important thing to understand.  To become familiar with the wind and being able to determine where it is strongest and where it is lighter.    Obviously, as you fly your kite through the window the flight speed and characteristics can change.  With the wind at your back (yep, have to say it - n'uff said ;)) you will find the power zone directly in front of you.  You will find your kite is fast and pulls the hardest in this area.    As the kite approaches the zenith or the top of the window the...

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  • Weather / Wind Links

    I have found since I have started flying kites that I have a greater interest in the weather.  Aside from taking a long hard gaze at every flag pole I pass,  I have come to find a couple of online weather sources really helpful. Environment Canada's weather site.  Find weather, wind speed and direction by city and town in Canada.  A great tool for kite flyers! Wind Energy Atlas "aims at developing new meteorological tools to be used by Canada's wind energy industry. It offers the possibility to browse through the results of the numerical simulations that were run on all...

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  • New Website Up and Running

    After several years of faithful service we have retired our old website and launch a more feature rich e-store in hopes to enrich your shopping experience with us!   This update also helps us integrate and consolidate a number of things together in one spot.  In a nutshell, this will free us up to update our site more regularly and provide seamless ways of connect with you! Hi-Lights Easier Navigation - search, move from on product or collection faster and more easily than before. Better Product picture viewing - Multiple shots with two levels of zoom. Related Products - Each...

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