Tied to the Sky / kite shop in Canada
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:
Current exchange rate + Credit Card Exchange Fee x Cost of item in US Dollars = cost in Canadian funds.
As indication only, here is the Bank of Canada's Online Currency Exchange Calculator
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.
Great Canadian Kite Company has worked hard to become Canada's favourite kite shop. We work hard to provide a wide range of quality kites and kite accessories. We offer kites that we are confident are made well and will fly well! We also work with great manufacturers to develop excellent relationships to secure parts, follow up on any warranty issue and to make a special order that kite you gotta have!
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, we have a selection of performance kites like R-Sky and Revolution Kites, along with quality Sky Shark framing, parts, and the knowledge and expertise to provide solid advice and troubleshooting.
We also stock the best performance kite flying line available. We are proud to provide our customers with quality Shanti Kite line in dual line and quad line sets. We offer Shanti's Warp Speed spectra fibre sets along with Skybond- Shanti's high modulus polymer line. 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 an 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!
They will also tell you that developing hobbies and things to do together (aside from work and racing the children) allow you to make time to have fun together! Kite flying is one of those activities that have provided many hours of fun for them.
Mike enjoys launching the larger single line kites and making a bit of a display. He
enjoys his dual line and quad line sports kites as well. Andrea tends to reach for her quad-line Revolution kite. It’s not unusual to find them flying in a local soccer field, or a provincial park somewhere.
The two like flying together and are working away at some semblance of a quad line kite team - which usually ends with laughs and one or two oops! It has been good for communication, even if that communication involved a few colourful metaphors!
One lesson Mike had to learn was to relax more with his kites when flying with his family. It took him a while to realize that kite flying needs to be fun for all involved and getting too uptight about the kite getting damaged, or how involved the family was tended to suck a lot of joy out of the family time.
Mike came to realize that kites can be fixed, and with the right attitude even untangling kite line can be a Zen experience too. It is so great to help your children and friends learn to fly kites. The big smiles as they complete their first loop is worth the effort!
Mike and Andrea snuck away last evening to a local park with their Rev kites - and even being eaten alive by mosquitos - they had a great time.
It was especially good for Andrea. She has a stressful job in healthcare with long hours. She has found flying kites is a great way to unwind, deal with stress and have some fun! “Even setting up the kite, attaching lines is relaxing.” She said.
Great Canadian Kite Company is owned and operated by a Canadian family of kite flyers - people who enjoy kites - together. Running one of Canada’s best online kite stores is just an extension of that passion.