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  • Maplelea Seasonal Store

    Maplelea Seasonal Store Grand Opening Join us at the Promenade Mall in Vaughan, ON for the Grand Opening Event

    After 12 years operating as an ecommerce company, we are excited to announce that we are opening our first ever Maplelea store! Open until January 2016 at the Promenade Mall in Vaughan, ON, it will be the largest doll store in Canada.  We will be offering a full range of Maplelea products, in addition to fun activities and events.

    Let us know what kind of activities and events you would like to see at the Maplelea Store in the comments!

    Grand Opening Event

    Sunday, August 30th, 2015
    11am – 6pm

    Be one of the first to see the NEW Maplelea Girl Charlsea, and her collection! The latest outfits and accessories, and 15 new Maplelea Friends dolls will also be available.

    The first 50 customers will receive a $10 coupon towards a purchase made on that day!

    But that's not all...
    - Hourly Giveaways
    - Free Gift with Purchases over $25
    - Refreshments

    Promenade Mall (Section R on Level 2 - enter at Guest Services)
    Vaughan, ON (just north of Toronto)

    Hope to see you there!

  • The New Maplelea Girl, #Charlsea

    Get to Know Charlsea

    We are excited to announce that the NEW Maplelea Girl Charlsea, is arriving this Friday, August 28th! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the month of August for exclusive information about where she’s from, her interests, her style, and more. We have already posted some hints, and each week we'll post several more that will reveal new information about her, and even give you a sneak peek into her accessory collection!

    We hope you enjoy getting to know Charlsea.

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  • 2015 Photo Contest

     

    2015 Maplelea Photo Contest

    The 2015 Photo Contest is now open! We will be looking for pictures of Canadian girls and their Maplelea dolls out exploring, playing, learning, celebrating, helping, travelling, discovering, and just having fun.

    You can submit up to 5 photos, so get snapping! Visit our Tips for Winning Photos page to learn what we look for in a winning photo. Winning photos will be published in a Maplelea Girls catalogue, or used for our digital campaigns. The entry form must be completed by a parent or guardian.

    A $50 Gift Certificate will be sent to each entrant who has a photo selected as a winner. The contest closes September 25th, 2015.

    Log-in or create an account to submit photos!

  • Pop Up Shop at Black Creek Pioneer Village

    Maplelea Pop Up Shop at Black Creek Pioneer Village | Toronto, ON

    July 4th & 5th, 2015

    Thank-you to all who visited our BEST Pop Up Shop ever at Black Creek Pioneer Village. We had all Maplelea dolls and a wide selection of accessories, doll furniture and matching pjs for girls available on site for purchase. Photos to follow soon.

    If you weren't able to join us this time, sign up for our email list to stay informed of all future Meet Up events.

  • 2015 Maplelea Meet Up at Black Creek Pioneer Village

     

    Maplelea Meet Up at Black Creek Pioneer Village | Newmarket, ON

    July 5, 2015

    Thank-you for attending the Maplelea Meet Up at Black Creek Pioneer Village

    A wonderful day out, for girls and their dolls, and their families too!
    The return of the Maplelea Meet Up at Black Creek Pioneer Village on Sunday, July 5th was a wonderful day. Thank-you to all who came out to make this day extra special.

    We had so much fun getting to know you, playing games, trying new things, learning about the past and watching new friendships form.

    Here are some photos of our exciting day for you to enjoy.

    If you weren't able to join us this time, sign up for our email list to stay informed of all future Meet Up events.

    Also, here are some video highlights of our first ever Maplelea Meet Up, from 2014:

  • Maplelea Meet Up Spring Friendzy

     

    Maplelea Meet Up Spring Friendzy | Newmarket, ON

    May 3, 2015

    Maplelea Spring Friendzy

    Thank-you to all who came to the Maplelea Meet Up Spring Friendzy event on Sunday, May 3rd at Boston Pizza in Newmarket! We had a fantastic time making crafts, having a special lunch and of course, meeting new friends.

  • The Making of Saila

    The Making of Saila

    The Maplelea Girl From the Farthest North!

     

    Over two years of extensive research went into the creation of Saila, the Maplelea Girl who shares her Inuit heritage. In our quest to create a character who would be an accurate reflection of a 10 year old girl growing up in Iqaluit today, we sought out many sources of information.

    We participated in the 10th anniversary celebration for the creation of the territory of Nunavut held in Ottawa, attended an Inuit Awareness seminar, consulted with numerous resource people, and read on-line and printed material extensively. Then, president Kathryn Gallagher Morton and her family travelled to Iqaluit where they spent ten days getting to know the city and its people. They sampled traditional country foods, participated in the Christmas Games, stayed in a local home, watched a stone carver at work, talked to craftspeople at a local craft show, attended a bilingual church service (English and Inuktitut), visited a school and other community facilities and agencies, toured the parliament buildings and chatted with a lot of very friendly people.

    Kathryn sought out local Maplelea families and asked them for their ideas and suggestions for this new character. While attending the Christmas Games held at a local hall over several evenings, Kathryn had the opportunity to personally interview a number of girls who eagerly shared with her their stories of what it is like to be a young girl growing up in Nunavut today.

    We commissioned our Canadian artist to sculpt the new doll and, based on the information we had gathered, created a wardrobe and accessories for her. The journal was written and illustrated and then translated into French and Inuktitut.

    We sought out production facilities in Nunavut and were thrilled to contract with Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts in Pangnirtung to produce a Pang hat for Saila, and also with Kiluk Ltd. in Arviat to produce an amauti for her.

    We wanted Saila to be an interesting, authentic and positive role model, not just for girls of Inuit heritage living in Nunavut, but for all girls living in all parts of Canada. We think we have achieved that. We hope you agree.

    We would like to thank all the girls, families and community members of Nunavut who so openly and kindly shared their stories and experiences, only a few of which are shown here. The information was extremely helpful in the creation of our Saila Qilavvaq character.

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