Funny how that we which so crave in early June can become enervating by the August long weekend. It’s hard to imagine right now, but we’ll soon begin to shield ourselves from the punishing rays of the sun. (No, really, it's true!) So investing now in a spot of shelter for entertaining and relaxing will pay off. There are options at every price point.
The Elora Sunshelter (above) is a nine- by nine-foot powder-coated grey steel frame with a beige water-resistant canopy, pole cover and mosquito netting. Available at Canadian Tire for about $100 (At press time, it was on sale for $70). Slightly more elegant is the eight- by eight-foot Crawford, with bronze-finished decorative steel posts and a brown weather-resistant canopy ($150, now on sale for $100).
Move up to the mid-range with Rona’s Victoria Gazebo (above), a 12- by 12-foot aluminum structure that includes a screen door and curtains. ($489).
If you love the English country look, or if you’re planning to host a jousting event, you can watch it in comfort and style from underneath a blue and white heavyweight cotton canopy with scalloped edges from HomeSense (about $1,000). Be warned that while it can take some rain, this model should not be left out in all weather.
Status brand Kettal offers the Landscape collection; gorgeous daybed structures and aluminum pergolas that can be configured with blinds, net curtains, panels and ceilings. If you have to ask how much, you probably can’t afford it, as prices start at about $8,000. From www.bonavistapools.com If those prices don’t scare you, check out the line of Dedon outdoor furniture from Studio B which includes the Orbit shaded lounger below (about $9,000).