About Us

About Us

Our Shop in the Woods 

So, what is the big attraction with the Candle Shop?  Anyone who has stepped through our door knows that our “We Smell Fabulous” billboards tell the truth.  We believe that burning candles needs to be a multi-sensory experience – the smell of the unique scent, the beauty of the design and tinting, the glow of the flame, and the ever so quiet sound of the candle burning.

When you walk into the Candle Shop, you are immediately surrounded by over 2,000 unique and individually designed candles, part of more than the 20,000 in stock!  Most importantly, all our candles are carefully and lovingly made on the premises – by hand – by our skilled staff of artisans and craftspeople. Inspired by the beauty of the Bruce Peninsula, we believe that our product is a superior candle.

Our Showrooms

Owner Leslea Smith stresses that the ambiance of the Candle Shop is meant to inspire and intrigue our clients. With seven intertwined showrooms, exploring the maze of unique decors of each room provides for a fun and interesting experience. “When our customers light their candles perhaps many months later – at Christmas, on a special birthday, or when cocooning in a winter storm – we want them to both enjoy the candle and remember the sensory experience of shopping for it. We are successful if the candle brings up warm memories, both in burning it and in remembering us.”

The Beauty and Quality of our Hand-Made Candles

In a world of mass production, Chief Candle Maker and Owner Leslea Smith insists on continuing the tradition of hand crafting candles. “Our staff takes pride in pouring, dipping, and painting each and every candle. This means that each candle is a one-of-a-kind design.” Leslea suggests it is easy to compare our candles with a machined one, “simply notice the difference in weight – ours is heavier. Pure wax burns better and longer than “air” candles, so it is easy to deduce which candle is better value”

History of Bruce Candles – The Candle Shop

In 1966, Bud Albro, one of the free spirits from California, fell in love with Miller Lake.  He became good friends with the Corbetta’s who owned the campground – Summer House Park.  Bud decided to stay and work in the campground for the summers.  As a young person growing up in California Bud loved to dabble with crafts, especially candles.  Buddy loved people and they seemed to enjoy his wit and kind heart.  He made friends with everyone.  He decided to try and sell his candles in the tiny store at the park.  His dream became a reality and the Candle Shop was established.

Leslea Smith heard about the shop and was hired as the first official employee in 1968.  She recalls, “It was crazy”, Bud, myself, a vat of melting wax, and customers all crammed into the tiny shop.  Soon it was obvious the shop was just too small and a new work shop was needed, this was built in 1971.  The Candle Shop now had two display rooms and a detached workshop.  The workshop had a buzzer that would sound if a customer came into the display area.  Out the front door of the work shop we would run and into the back door of the display area to greet the customer.

Soon after the building additions, there was another addition – Leslea became pregnant.  Bud didn’t like her running back and forth so they joined the building together.  This was a happy start to two stories – Leslea’s baby Shannon, who is now a second generation candle maker – and a maze of showrooms that greet the public when they visit The Candle Shop.  In 1994 a new work shop was built for the growing demand of our candles.  We are very proud of the shop which reflects how one man’s dream became a tourist destination and a thriving business concern.

In 1998 a great loss happened with the passing of Bud.  Bud’s life friend and business partner, Curt retired from Summer House Park.  While grieving the loss of their friend, Leslea and Curt vowed to continue the heritage of the shop.  Everyday they would hang out the open sign and light the “Buddy” memorial candle on the front counter.  This was our small tribute to our great friend, entrepreneur, artist and free spirit whose legacy lives on at The Candle Shop.

In 2005 tragedy struck again for The Candle Shop;  Curt passed away.  Curt handed The Candle Shop to long-time employee Leslea to continue its success.  The same ritual is performed every morning when the shop is opened; the sign goes out and the candles are lit in memory of two great friends.  The legacy is carried on with the same love and commitment as it began with in 1966.

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The Candle Shop – Bruce Candles Ltd.

Candle Care

Please use the following guide to ensure you enjoy candles safely.  If you have any questions then please let us know by emailingbrucecandles@amtelecom.net. 

Burning Safely

  • Never leave a candle unattended
  • Keep burning candles away from children and pets
  • Ensure candles are away from flammable objects
  • Do not place candles in a draft
  • Let the wax cool before moving the candle
  • Discard when only 1″ of candle remains

Burning Instructions

  • Always keep wick trimmed to 1/4 Inch
  • Never burn a candle for more than 1 hour at a time unless suggested by manufacturer
  • Place 1/4 Inch of water in the bottom of Votive holders to prevent glass from breaking
  • Burn floaters in luke warm water for a longer burn time
  • Rotate the candle to ensure an event melt caused by any air movement
  • Always place candle on a wax catching base


By following the above safety rules you should minimize the chances of any accident.  In the event of a spill please refer to the following.

Wax on Carpet

May cause stains.  If in doubt call a professional.

  1. Let wax harden and remove as much as possible
  2. Place paper towel on area
  3. Cover and iron with tin foil and apply heat to paper towel
  4. Remove paper towel
  5. Repeat as needed

Wax on Clothes

May cause stains.  If in doubt call a professional.

  1. Let wax harden and remove as much as possible
  2. Pour boiling water through affected area
  3. Repeat as necessary
  4. When wax is removed wash as normal

Wax on Solid Surfaces

For spills on wood floors, furniture, counters etc.  If in doubt call a professional.

  1. Do not wipe up spill immediately.  A thin layer is harder to remove than a solid piece
  2. Once wax is hard gently loosen it from the surface being careful not to scratch the finish
  3. If required loosen wax with a plastic scraper

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Welcome to The Candle Shop On-line.

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Welcome to The Candle Shop On-line.

We specialize in hand creating an extensive variety of candles to suit any decor or occasion. We hand manufacture and stock over 20,000 candles and can also custom create specialty items to suit your requirements for weddings, anniversaries or any other occasion.

We have been hand making candles for over 30 years now and each one is made with love and care.

You will find a full range of candles available in our on-line store as well as advice on burning candles and other useful information.

We will ship our candles anywhere within the US and Canada.

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Bruce Candles Ltd.