Great Canadian Kite Company is truly a well rounded Kite Pro Shop. In addition to fun single line kites for all ages, and beginner trick kites, along with quality Sky Shark framing, parts, and the knowledge and expertise to provide solid advice and troubleshooting.
We are proud to provide our customers with quality Spectra and Dyneema line in dual line and quad line sets. We also offer bulk line, kite line sleeving kits, Kite bridle line and much more!
We can also customize your Kite package.
change line, add line or if you have lots of line - sell you a kite only
add ground stakes, tails or any replacement parts you may require
Help you design and order your custom-made Revolution Kite sail
Don't see it in our shop? We do special orders all the time! We pride ourselves in satisfying our customers with fast, knowledgeable service. We are here to help you make an informed kite purchase, and are committed to helping you even after you have made your purchase.
(You can find this article in our Kite Resources section too!) Line sets are an important and costly necessity of flying your multiline sport kite, so it is important to make sure that you take steps to protect your line sets to maintain performance, increase longevity of the line and save you money.
Sleeving is like a tube sock that we put on the ends of spectra kite lines or any place where we tie a knot. Sleeving is made of hollow braided Dacron and is usually positioned at either end of each line where the line connects via a Larkshead Knot to the flying straps or to the kite tow point.
Spectra kite line, while stronger than steel, has a relatively low melting point. Wherever there is a knot in the line this is a place of friction which creates heat and will significantly reduce the strength of your spectra line and will be the point of a line break.
This sleeving material acts like a heat diffuser by reducing and diffusing the heat generated by friction at the knot.
Sleeving Your lines.
At Great Canadian Kite Company, all of the sport kite spectra line sets we sell comes pre-sleeved. We are pleased to offer a variety of quality kite line that provides good braid braid, performance and kite line life. That being said it is possible to purchase line sets that are not sleeved, or perhaps you wish to buy bulk kite line and make your own line sets and then a kite line sleeving kit is a valuable tool.
To make your own line sets you will first want to stretch your lines and make them equal length. With cheaper line (even cheaper spectra labeled line) you can expect lines to stretch as much as 12-15% where quality line sets may stretch 4-6%. The point is line will stretch with use and it may be necessary to equalize your lines from time to time.
Once your lines are stretched and measured you are ready to sleeve each end. Our Sleeving kits come with simple instruction, two different colours of sleeving and a sleeving tool. Here are the basic steps to sleeving your spectra kite line:
Sleeve one end of the line at a time making sure that you use the same colour of sleeving for both ends of the same line. This is really helpful to help you keep straight which line goes to each side of the kite and which its corresponding flying strap.
Insert the sleeving tool through the sleeving. Pull the tool a few centimetres through the sleeving.
After the tool is inserted through the sleeve carefully take a lighter and melt the ends of the dacron for a clean looking sleeving job. This will keep the sleeving from fraying.
Thread your Spectra line through the end of the sleeving tool and pull the tool back through the dacron sleeving bringing the kite line with it.
With the sleeving now on your line, you can remove the sleeving tool.
Slide the sleeving towards the end of the line being careful not to go too far or you will have to reinstall the sleeve using the sleeving tool.
Tie a knot in the very end of the line (including the sleeve).
Stretch the sleeving back up the line so it won't bunched up.
Tie another knot at the end farthest from the end.
Bring these two knots together and make a loop as shown below. Make sure this loop is big enough that you can easily tie a Larkshead knot to attach to the kite or flying straps. Ensure these loops are the same size on each end of each line.
The end of the line is now sleeved and you can repeat the process for each of the other lines. Remember: make sure you have the same colour sleeving on the ends of the same line.
In July of 2019, I received a phone call no one wants to receive - I had stage 3 Ductile Carcinoma.
This news was very difficult to hear and was the beginning of a difficult journey through chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and hormone therapy. Thanks to a fantastic cancer care team knowledgeable about the most up to date research and the best treatments available for breast cancer, I am one year cancer free!
This May and June the Great Canadian Kite Company will donate the net proceeds of each Pink Ribbon kite purchased to the Canadian Cancer Society to aid in cancer research and help other women just like me.
- Andrea, co-owner of Great Canadian Kite Company
In celebration of Andrea's 1st Anniversary of being Cancer Free, we are donating the net proceeds of each Pink Ribbon Large Easy Flyer Kite purchased to the Canadian Cancer Society. You can order your Pink Ribbon Kite here.
Post your pics of you flying your Pink Ribbon kite to social media with the hashtags: #CancerSucks #kitescanada #Betheend #researchmatters
I guess if I had to share my favourite kind of kites, I really enjoy the two-line kites and the quad-line kites. I find the thrill and elegances of these kites at the end of the lines amazing. I put my earbuds in and paint the sky with colour. For me, when I fly kites, it takes me a million miles away from the nagging things of the day - it's like I fly my stress out through the kite lines.
Flying sport kites gives me a creative outlet as well as a good hit of adrenaline as I fly and learn new tricks and forms.
We have so many fond memories flying with our three boys, each of whom still fly kites and help out with our family-owned kite shop.
Of course, our online kite store has grown significantly over the years, and has done so because of the many, many, many repeat customers. So, as we start year 16 with Thank you!
We are committed to great products, service and support for kite flyers of all sorts. We love kite flying and continue to share that joy with others.
We think kites are amazing! They are fun to fly, great exercise and a chance to get out in the outdoors and away from our screens! Here is a list of why we think Kite Flying is a great hobby and a wonderful family activity.
Last year we spent a stellar day hiking and kite flying one Alberta's premiere provincial parks - Writing on Stone. It was a great way to get out in the fresh air for some quality time together as a family One of the best aspects of it was there was no cell service! What this meant was we had to talk to each other (novel idea, eh? LOL!), climb, laugh and fly kites together - we had a blast! I tell ya, my wife & I didn't think about work once and felt like we had a truly refreshing day.
Many folks are looking for great gift ideas for Fathers Day this year. We know that kites are one such gift idea and it is a fun, enjoyable and here are a few reasons why.
1) Fresh air is underrated! How good it is to get outside enjoy blue sky, the sun and the great outdoors. We fly kites all year round - including winter!
2) Physically active - Getting out and moving does a body good! There is a kite for just about every kind of physical ability from the gentle to the full on extreme - glide kites, single line kites to carving up the sky with a trick kite.
3) Reduces Stress - Getting away from the day to day grind is a first great step for stress reduction. Add the gentle flight of kites on the breeze or flying your stress through your stunt kite through the sky, flying kites have demonstrated to be an effective ways of reducing stress.
4) Promotes creativity - Many quality kites are flying pieces of art and many with tails make for a lovely display in the air. But stunt kites can be a great way to express yourself as well! I love to listen to music while I fly and in a very real sense fly my kite to the music. Some folks like to soul fly and toss and flip and manoeuvre their kites as an expression of what's going on inside them.
5) Great way to spend time as a family - Lets face it, there are a lot of things competing for your time, and we all want to make time for quality activities to do as a family. With quality kites, a good wind and a place to fly, you and your family can make some great memories! One thing my wife and I enjoy doing together is flying our four line Revolution kites together, side by side. We play follow the leader, hover side by side and fly forms together. Lots of fun and good for a few laughs if you don't take it too seriously!
Looking for exciting Fathers Day gift ideas? Great Canadian Kite Company sells a variety of kite for many different interests, ages and abilities. Browse our online Canadian kite shop to buy your kites online. Don't see what you are looking for? Drop us an email!
Matt Nie directed this Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary on Vancouver kite flier, Ray Bethell (March 1, 1928 - December 18, 2018).
Wikipedia - "Ray Bethell was a professional kite flyer who resided in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He holds multiple endurance world records related to simultaneously flying three stunt kites, one from each hand and one from his hips. Using the same technique he can fly multiple stacks of kites."
Ray was a real treasure to many - especially in the Kite world. Check out Ray's website: http://www.raybethell.com/html/n_01.htm
An interesting TED presentation by Nic O’Neill. Nic is the former president of the American Kitefliers Association (AKA), and shares her passion for kites of many different kinds. Whether flying on the beach doing loop-de-loops or snowkiting with skis, Nic shares the freedom and magic of kites.
Once in a while we get a call from a customer who comes across a American price on a kite and thinks they are getting a great deal... until they get their credit card statement!
Some of these folks don’t understand how exchange rates work and when the smoke clears, what they thought was a great deal ends up costing them much more than they bargained for.
What's the scoop? Well, kites generally trade in US dollars, and as such, when our Loonie is soft it makes kites a little more expensive. This being the case, buying kites in Canada can help you avoid credit cards surprises and customs costs and delays.
Of the many things we are proud of at the Great Canadian Kite Company. we take pride that we can compete well with often larger US kite retailers. Sometimes though, Canadian kite shoppers believe better deals are to be had south of the border, BUT we are working hard to make sure that we are your first choice for quality kites and kite accessories!
Before you make that purchase from the USA, consider:
Exchange Rates - There are many currency converters online. It is important to understand that these converters will give you a rates based upon the most recent close of the currency market and do not include the fee that your credit card issuer charges for processing the exchange. This could be anywhere between 2-5% in addition to the online exchange rate.
Current exchange rate + Credit Card Exchange Fee x Cost of item in US Dollars = cost in Canadian funds.
(example: 1 US dollar = $1.30 Cdn. + 3 cents C.C. exchange Fee x $100 US = $133 Cdn)
Shipping Cost - Free Shipping on US sites usually mean in the continental USA, and don't usually apply to Canada. In general, the shipping costs (in adjusted currency) are very similar and often you will receive your kite sooner from us. Unfortunately, your order from the States can be at the mercy of Canada Customs and their processing volume.
Import Costs & Fees - Many folks have expressed surprise of having to pay more for their item at time of delivery. Many report Sales Tax (GST or HST) payable at time of delivery. Some have been hit with broker costs and processing fees from $25 - $80 depending on how their kites are shipped.
After-Sale Service - We pride ourselves on "being there" even after the sale is done. Don't misunderstand me, many US kite retailers are great as well, but as your home-grown Canadian Kite Shop, we can generally address your concerns, part requirements, etc. and get them delivered to you faster and always at a competitive price.
Returns & Exchanges - Great Canadian Kite Company has one of the most generous return and exchange policies and making your exchange or return is faster and easier than doing so back to the USA. Shipping costs are often significantly less and turn around times much faster!
Special Orders - We have a good inventory of in-stock kites and accessories. Many of these are elite kites from some of the Best Kite Makers in the world. We choose our suppliers very carefully and have endeavoured to build good relationships with them. As such, if we don't have that special kite you want in stock; we are often able to special order. Quickly and easily!
Canadian Jobs & Canadian Economy - We are a family owned and operated Canadian Kite retailer based in Taber, Alberta. We support kite events and charities in Canada. When you buy from us you are supporting Canadian small business, who in turn invest in the local economy.