Tied to the Sky

We Fly Kites! Kites are what we do!

We Fly Kites!  Kites are what we do!


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

With Revolutions Kites we can:

  • Customize your Kite line
  • Customize you Rev Kite handles
  • 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 anMike launching his kite informed kite purchase, and are committed to helping you even after you have made your purchase.


 

 


Kite Resources / Information

Information on Kite History?  Our website features an expanding array of kite resources to help make sure your kite flying experience is all that it can be.   These free resources cover everything from Kite flying safety, to how to tie a Larkshead knot.  You can find links to kite-flying tutorials, how to fly stunt kites and stunt kite anatomy.  You will also find helpful links to weather sites and much more!

We are 100% Canadian Family owned online Kite Company.  We are kite flyers.  We are passionate about kites, and we love sharing kites with others! 

  

  Great canadian Kite Company doing a kite demonstration for a youth camp

 

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Why do we Sleeve Spectra Kite Lines?

Why do we Sleeve Spectra Kite Lines?

kite line sleeving kitKite line Sleeving 

 

(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. 

Sleeving kite line

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It's a Spring Thing - Revolution Reflex Kites

It's a Spring Thing - Revolution Reflex Kites

The Reflex Spring is attached to the vertical spreaders, and the effectively changing the way the sail loads and air moves over the sail.
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Taking Flight against Cancer

Taking Flight against Cancer

Andrea-PinkRibbon

 

Hi Friends,

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

 

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16 years Retailing Amazing Kites

16 years Retailing Amazing Kites

kites are memory makers

Taking care of business this week and came across some old files and was startled to be reminded that we've been selling great kites for 16 years now!   What a ride!

I share my own story of how I got into kites myself back in the day, and why we decided to start selling kites - the big reason is we LOVE flying kites of all kinds.  

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.

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