Living the Cottage Life at Clear Lake, Manitoba

When my wife and I moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the summer of 2015, I was told that we were entering cottage country. There’s plenty of jokes about Winnipeg, ranging from that flat landscape to the harsh winters but when it comes to lakes and cottage life, there’s no better place to be. Experiencing some… [Continue Reading]

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Whale Watching in Tadoussac, Quebec

I can honestly say that I never once imagined going whale watching in the province of Quebec. It was my birthday actually. The day before had seen us (My parents as well as my fiancé Karla and I) go strolling around the old city of Quebec, drinking amazing mochas, standing in front of wall murals,… [Continue Reading]

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Three Moose and a Mountain | Hiking Gros Morne, Newfoundland

It surprises me that after visiting Newfoundland more than a dozen times, I had never hiked their treasured UNESCO World Heritage site. When I look back though, I was never as adventurous as I am now. With a curiosity and passion to visit the most beautiful places on earth, it was without a doubt that… [Continue Reading]

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Kayaking Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

Stunning. The only word I could think of as I glanced out over the Bay of Fundy near Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick. The water was as smooth as glass, with a calming light-coloured background of blue hues. Stunning. Although I had gone to simple see the rocks and the rising tide, I was actually more amused… [Continue Reading]

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Pure Tranquility Within the City | Thermëa Spa Winnipeg

I just got back from paradise, only this time I’m not talking about Hawaii, Bali, or the coast of Mexico – I’m talking about the Thermëa spa in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

I’m not kidding. I think this place may have saved my life. After months of intense stress, my back was knotting up, my legs were getting tight and even my jaws were beginning to ache. When I heard about a new nordic-inspired spa opening up in Winnipeg, I was intrigued.

Relaxing at Thermea Spa Winnipeg

Nestled on a slice of Crescent Drive Park, Thermëa is all you really need to gain back your senses, sooth your soul and feel like you’ve just got back from a one-week vacation without leaving the city. They’ve really got it all. Swedish massage, body treatments, facials, and best of all – a thermal spa.

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Living the Cottage Life at Clear Lake, Manitoba

Martese Clear Lake

When my wife and I moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the summer of 2015, I was told that we were entering cottage country. There’s plenty of jokes about Winnipeg, ranging from that flat landscape to the harsh winters but when it comes to lakes and cottage life, there’s no better place to be.

Experiencing some of the lakes was on my must-do list and when my parents came to visit for a weekend, I did some research and found Clear Lake, which is nestled inside Riding Mountain National Park. This is the one of only two national parks in Manitoba and although the mountains are nothing compared to the Rockies, the wildlife and serenity is unmatched.

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Five Reasons to Travel to Edmonton

Although Edmonton might not come to mind when one thinks of visiting Canada, there are actually a lot of things to do in Canada’s northernmost major city. From world-class shopping to world-class festivals to beautiful snow-capped mountains just a few hours away, Edmonton has something for everyone and this guide will help you get the most out of your trip. [Read more…]

Gorgeous Views on a Budget | Vancouver, British Columbia

As one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver is a place that must be appreciated with an incredible view. Whether you’re interested in seeing the skyline from the top of a mountain, looking out over the waterfront while having lunch, or simply staring out at the mountains from your hotel room, there are plenty of options for gorgeous views of this majestic city. [Read more…]

Tips and Tricks | A Guide to Experiencing Edmonton on the Cheap

Whether you’re visiting alone, with friends or with family, Edmonton has a lot of fun activities. For those on a budget, this article will share some tips for truly experiencing Edmonton on the cheap.

Take a Street Car

If you’re visiting the city on the weekend, take the High Level Bridge Street Car, which goes from Old Strathcona to downtown Edmonton for just $5 round-trip. Not only will you experience amazing views of the North Saskatchewan River Valley but you’ll also be transported between two of Edmonton’s must-see districts. [Read more…]

A Weekend of Fun Without Leaving the Mall | A Guide to West Edmonton Mall

As a kid who grew up in a small town in Northern Alberta, West Edmonton Mall seemed like the biggest place in the world. After all, the mall gets more visitors in a day than the entire population of my hometown. I still remember going on a road trip to Edmonton, Alberta every six months or so and my eyes would widen every time we stepped foot inside North America’s biggest mall.

Years later, West Edmonton Mall still impresses me. Where else can you have a weekend (or a full week for that matter) of fun without ever leaving the mall. It’s an incredibly fun place and if you’re visiting Edmonton, a trip to this famous mall is an absolute must. If you’re looking to create a weekend to remember, continue reading below.
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Flying High Over the Canadian Rocky Mountains

“Look to your right” the Pilot said as we passed some mountain sheep resting high up on the cliff. It was amazing to fly so close to the mountain peak and witness these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. They were basically resting on the peak of a mountain! I fell in love with helicopters as we soared up high and over some of the most magical scenery in the world.

Helicopter Tour Rocky Mountains

It was only a few minutes prior that I was sitting in the office of Alpine Helicopter Tours, listening to a quick safety video and anticipating the adventure ahead. It was a beautiful day with blue skies and sunny weather. It’s incredible how quickly you can go from being at the base to being above the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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WhiteWater Rafting on the Kicking Horse River

There are many ways to see the Canadian Rockies. You can ride a bike, fly over them in a helicopter, drive the scenic highways, go for a hike, take a gondola ride, ski down them or sit on a patio drinking a beer with the mountains as your backdrop. I’ve done all of them. But another great way to see the jaw-dropping scenery with a dose of adrenaline is to go whitewater rafting. There are a number of rivers one could raft but the most popular is no doubt the Kicking Horse. As you can imagine from the rivers name, it packs a punch or well, a kick. Though I probably should have been resting after a 6-day horseback riding trip in the backcountry, we decided to add a rafting trip with Alpine rafting in Golden, British Columbia.

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Whale and Puffin Watching in St. Johns, Newfoundland

A trip to Newfoundland just isn’t complete without a look at the famous Puffin. Small funny-looking birds with bright-coloured beaks like a parrot can be found in many windy seaside areas of Newfoundland. They are simply awesome to watch, and cute of course.

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Puffins are also very interesting. They feed by diving into the water (up to 60m I was told) and are better swimmers than they are flyers. They’re nests consist of burrowing a hole into the soil and they even go as far as to have two separate rooms; one for resting and one for pooping. Although they don’t fly extremely well, they can flap their wings up to 400 times per minute and they stay in windier areas where it can assist them in flight. Smart.

We saw thousands of them on a whale-watching tour we took with Mullowney’s Puffin and Whale Tours. Located in Bay Bulls, just 30 minutes from the famous city of St.Johns, Mullowney’s is a small outfit with a lot of charm and a great track record with their customers. We love supporting companies like this and we’re thrilled to hit the seas with them.

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Become a Cowboy or Cowgirl Amidst the Beautiful Backdrop of the Canadian Rockies

horseback riding canadian rockies

I honestly thought that I knew everything about the Canadian Rockies. Okay, maybe not everything, but after living in Calgary for the last 10 years, I’ve had my fair share of Rocky Mountain experiences. I’ve spent a lot of time camping near beautiful mountain lakes, enjoying world-class skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, hiking, and even riding in a helicopter for a birds eye view of one of the most incredible places on earth. I really did think I had experienced everything the rockies had to offer. That is, until I heard about Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies. This non-profit group, which has been around for more than 90 years, takes customers for six-day journey’s on horseback through the backcountry of the Rockies. [Read more…]