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]

Clear Lake Manitoba

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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Finding True Music at the Winnipeg Folk Fest

It was my first folk fest and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Actually, I had never camped at a music festival before. I have been to Burning Man, which is absolutely amazing, and I’ve been to one-day music festivals as well but this would be my first time at a true music festival.

Winnipeg Folk Festival Tickets

I had heard something about the Winnipeg Folk Fest being one of the best folk festivals on the continent and that was enough to peek my interest. It’s a festival. It’s camping. It’s music. Count me in.

Tucked into beautiful Birds Hill Provincial Park, the festival makes its mark among wide open fields and trees. We opted to camp in the festival camping area so that we could be closer to the event and closer to the party. After arriving, we trekked over a kilometre with all our stuff (the only part of the event I wasn’t a big fan of) and found a great little spot in the middle of a patch of trees where we could pitch our tent. We were lucky because many campers arrived a day before us. Maybe they wanted to be out in the open field under the scorching sun? I wanted shade and I was already dreaming of an inflated air mattress and throwing myself onto it for a quick break.

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Skiing Above the Clouds at Kicking Horse Resort, British Columbia

Kicking horse ski resort

With over 2,800 acres of skiable lift-served terrain and the fourth highest vertical drop in North America, Kicking Horse Resort is one of the top ski resorts in British Columbia.

This was only the second time I had skied in BC. Living in Calgary, I typically go to the closer resorts such as Sunshine Village and Lake Louise but when Dax Justin (a Rocky Mountain Instagrammer) mentioned the possibility of a trip to Kicking Horse Resort, I knew I had to check it out.

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Indian Food with a View | Clay Oven Winnipeg

Claypot Winnipeg

Words can hardly describe the pleasure of a mouth-watering Indian dish hitting the tastebuds and the Clay Oven is an Indian restaurant that doesn’t disappoint. Actually, it’s not just an Indian restaurant. It’s an East Indian / Hakka restaurant. Imagine the combination of Hakka-Asian food and Indian. Do I really need to say more?

As if the delicious food wasn’t reason enough to visit, Clay Oven has a speculator location (one of many) right in the Shaw Park stadium with views of the baseball game below. Why buy a ticket when you can combine watching the game with sitting on the Clay Oven patio drinking beer and eating samosas?

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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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